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Sharp Receives Energy Star® Special Recognition for Energy Efficient Product Design

MAHWAH, NJ, April 3, 2014 – Sharp Electronics Corporation has received special recognition as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2014 ENERGY STAR Awards for Energy Efficient Product Design. Sharp is being honored for its participation in providing valuable insight and information in ENERGY STAR’s specification revision processes for consumer electronics and by demonstrating creativity in helping EPA address and resolve technical challenges to build robust specifications.

“Sharp’s continued participation in the ENERGY STAR program is a testament to both our engineering capabilities and our commitment to energy efficiency, as Sharp remains the leader in offering the largest selection of large screen televisions in the U.S.,” said John Herrington, President of Sharp Electronics Marketing Company of America. “In 2014 all of Sharp’s 60”, 70” and 80” class Full HD TVs are ENERGY STAR qualified.”

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Sharp Launches New Line of Mid-High-Volume Monochrome MFPs

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA) has launched a new family of six mid-high-volume monochrome MFPs offered in two distinct varieties, the Advanced Series and Essentials Series.

The new Advanced Series document systems represent Sharp's newest technology and are designed for customers with demanding workflow environments that need superior performance. The MX-M365N, MX-M465N and MX-M565N models offer speeds of 36 pages per minute (ppm), 46 ppm and 56 ppm, respectively.

These new MFPs refine the user experience with Sharp's 10-inch, tablet-style touch screen and other innovative features that include an integrated retractable keyboard, wireless networking, true Adobe PostScript 3 and available high-capacity paper handling for longer uptime. The Advanced Series also provides access to Sharp Cloud Portal Office, a revolutionary new cloud storage service enabling businesses to collaborate seamlessly with Sharp document systems and other collaborative devices such as Sharp's AQUOS BOARD Interactive Display Systems, as well as with the latest smartphones and tablets (available Q1 2014).

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Equitrac Enhances Document Accounting Offering for the Office, Educations, and Legal Markets

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Equitrac's document accounting systems product line continues to evolve. In its latest announcement, the company is in a solid position to maintain a market leadership role for cost recovery applications (e.g., legal and other professional services) and to take advantage of the problem of unmanaged document costs and pay-for-copy/print opportunities. Equitrac has done well in the established cost recovery markets and has shown signs of success for document accounting in the emerging general office and education markets. Keys for future success lie in: 
  • A growing market interest in tracking hardcopy usage. Many organizations are beginning to recognize the high costs associated with producing documents on paper. If left unmanaged and untracked, document costs can spiral out of control. Equitrac technology helps identify excessive costs or waste associated with copying and printing so that organizations can better manage and/or reduce the costs of producing hardcopy documents. 
  • Ongoing product evolution. Equitrac continues to add several new or enhanced features to its document accounting system software to bring greater cost efficiencies for the office, education, and professional services markets. 
  • Embedded technology developments. Equitrac has partnered with several hardcopy market leaders including Canon, eCopy, EFI, HP, Ricoh Sharp, and Xerox to develop embedded Equitrac solutions for these vendors' products. 
  • Building on a market leadership position. Equitrac has an established market leadership role in the cost recovery market. As an example, most of the top U.S. law firms use Equitrac technology. Additionally, the company claims an impressive base of more than 10,000 customers worldwide. 

Sharp Launches New Line of Mid-high Volume Monochrome Workgroup Document Systems

MAHWAH, N.J., Jan. 14, 2014 -- Today, Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, launches a new family of six mid-high volume monochrome MFPs offered in two distinct varieties, the Advanced Series and Essentials Series. This new family of MFPs make it easy for businesses to choose the performance and features best suited for their environment.

The new Advanced Series document systems represent Sharp's newest technology and are designed for customers with demanding workflow environments that need superior performance. The MX-M365N, MX-M465N and MX-M565N models offer speeds of 36ppm, 46ppm and 56ppm respectively. These amazing new MFPs refine the user experience with Sharp's leading-edge 10-inch tablet-style touch-screen and other innovative features that include an integrated retractable keyboard, wireless networking, true Adobe® PostScript® 3™ and available high capacity paper handling for longer uptime. The Advanced Series also provides access to Sharp Cloud Portal Office, a revolutionary new cloud storage service enabling businesses to collaborate seamlessly with Sharp document systems and other collaborative devices such as Sharp's AQUOS BOARD™ Interactive Display Systems, as well as with the latest smartphones and tablets (Available Q1 2014).

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Sharp Sets the Stage for Success at 2013 National Dealer Meeting

By Jessica Schiffenhaus, Research Editor, December 3, 2013

A crowd of over 900 attendees joined Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA) in Orlando, Florida, for the Tour de Force 2013—the company’s national dealer meeting.

The theme of this year’s event centered on music because of the similarities between the issues faced by the music industry as it embraced the digital age and those facing the copier industry, which is transitioning from hardware-only sales to providing complete solutions, explained Laura Blackmer, SIICA’s new senior vice president of sales as of May 2013. Blackmer’s previous experience includes holding senior positions at Hewlett-Packard, Onforce, Inc., and most recently as senior director of North American Channel Sales for Intermec, Inc. The event included live performances on welcoming night and a concert following the awards ceremony (Doug Albregts and a few other members of the Sharp team took the stage during the opening act). And Tuesday’s guest speaker was Bruce Dickinson, lead singer of Iron Maiden, whose speech emphasized the importance of listening to customers so that they become not just customers, but fans.

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Arizona Awards Multi-Functional Devices Contract to Sharp Electronics Corporation

MAHWAH, NJ, September 6, 2013 -- Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America, a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation recently received an award from the State of Arizona for Multi-Functional Devices. The contract, which became effective July 1, 2013, will be available to all State of Arizona departments, and agencies, as well as eligible universities, political subdivisions and nonprofit educational institutions.

The contract includes purchase, lease and rental options for Sharp’s full line of copiers. Awarded categories include Class 1 Black and White Convenience Copiers with available speeds from 20 to 90 Pages Per Minute (PPM), Class 2 Hybrid Convenience Copiers (Color) with speeds from 26 to 70 PPM, and Class 3 Black and White Production with speeds of 105 and 120 PPM.

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Sharp Earns Two Top "Picks" from Buyers Lab In A3 Category

MAHWAH, NJ, July 23, 2013 – Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, has earned two top “Picks” from Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI), the world’s leading independent evaluator of document imaging products and solutions. BLI’s semi-annual “Pick” awards are given to the hardware and software offerings judged to be the best in BLI’s comprehensive evaluations, which assess a wide range of the most important performance factors for buyers. Sharp was honored in the higher-end color and monochrome spaces for the 70-ppm Sharp MX-7040N and the 90-ppm Sharp MX-M904, respectively.

“These modular devices are very versatile,” said Pete Emory, BLI Manager of Lab Testing. “They can be configured for typical office use but can scale up to serve very well in light-production environments thanks to excellent paper-handling capabilities.”

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Sharp Continues to Extend Its Leadership in the MFP Industry with the Introduction of Four New Mid-Volume Workgroup Document Systems

MAHWAH, NJ, July 18, 2013 – Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, introduced the new MX-4140N, MX-4141N, MX-5140N and MX-5141N color workgroup document systems offering speeds of 41ppm and 51ppm. These enhanced performance models offer new features, such as true Adobe® PostScript® printing, Compact PDF color scanning and wireless networking. These models will also offer Sharp Cloud Portal Office, a new cloud storage service that enables businesses to collaborate and share documents and resources seamlessly throughout their organization. For color critical environments, the MX-4140N, MX-4141N, MX-5140N and MX-5141N will also offer standard PANTONE® Licensing for businesses that utilize the PANTONE Matching System.

“These new mid-volume workgroup models are designed around today’s busy office environments, offering powerful multitasking features, off-premises cloud support, mobile device access and more,” said Mike Marusic, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Business Solutions Group, Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America. “Tablet-style menu navigation, combined with a built-in retractable keyboard and Internet browsing ability, enables these MFPs to be both high functioning and an added value. The standard Compact PDF feature on the MX-4141N and MX-5141N models is able to reduce the scanned file size of color documents by as much as 75 percent, resulting in decreased network traffic and more efficient use of disk and cloud storage.”

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Sharp Awarded Energy Star 2013 Partner of the Year Award

MAHWAH, NJ, March 5, 2013 – Sharp Electronics has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's highly coveted 2013 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award. Sharp's exemplary commitment and dedication to energy efficiency and the ENERGY STAR® program was demonstrated through its more than 154 ENERGY STAR qualified models across seven product lines in 2012. Sharp was also commended for having the biggest share of large screen televisions recognized as ENERGY STAR's Most Efficient 2012.

"It's a testament to Sharp's engineering capabilities and dedication to energy efficiency that even as our TV's get larger, energy consumption is decreasing," said John Herrington, President of Sharp Electronics Marketing Company of America, a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation. "Our commitment to the ENERGY STAR program remains a priority and we proudly offer consumers the energy saving benefits they deserve without sacrificing size or functionality."

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Sharp Selects Southeastern Business Machines to Join the Company’s Nationwide Authorized Independent Copier Dealer Network

MAHWAH, NJ, January 16, 2013 – Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America, a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, announced that Southeastern Business Machines has joined its extensive nationwide network of authorized dealers. As part of the agreement, Southeastern Business Machines will now offer a range of integrated technology solutions, including Sharp's comprehensive portfolio of copiers and multifunction printers (MFPs). Sharp Authorized Dealers receive a wide array of marketing and sales support, including access to innovative tools and ongoing training.

"The addition of Southeastern Business Machines to the Huntsville, AL market will further enhance Sharp's strong dealer network," said Rich Boomsma, Senior Vice President, Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America. "Southeastern Business Machines has demonstrated a strong commitment to be a leader in office technology and we look forward to working with them in the support of their customers."

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