Xerox Awarded Air Force Contract for Global Office Equipment and Services Deal

ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 15, 2008  -- Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) has won a five-year blanket purchase agreement on an estimated $400 million U.S. Air Force contract for the placement of Xerox multifunction printers, network copiers and supplies.

Xerox will provide technology and services to help the Air Force reduce expenses, consolidate equipment and achieve global standards in its document management operations.

"Winning this eligibility is a highly competitive process and Xerox is well positioned to meet head-on the Air Force's cost savings initiative," said Greg Jones, senior vice president, Public Sector Operations, Xerox Corporation. "Our global document outsourcing capabilities, digital print technology and professional consulting services have successfully helped enterprises achieve top-line quality and bottom-line productivity savings - we can do the same for the U.S. Armed Forces."

HP Announces Winners of “What Do You Have To Say?” Small Business Contest

HP today announced the winners of its “What Do You Have To Say?” Small Business Contest, a nationwide competition offering small businesses the chance to build their brand.

The contest, which ran from Jan. 15 through Feb. 28, asked small businesses in the United States to share “what their business has to say” and make a case for their need to jumpstart their brand building and marketing efforts.

Entrants submitted essays and supporting images for a chance to work with professional designers to refresh or create their brand image.

HP Awarded Imaging and Printing Contract from United States Air Force

HP today announced that it has been awarded a five-year Blanket Purchase Agreement with the United States Air Force to deploy a breadth of HP single function and multifunction printers, services, supplies and management software.

HP was selected by the Air Force for its proven ability to assess and manage imaging and printing devices and processes on a global scale.

“HP empowers large businesses and organizations by providing high-performance technology that meets the printing and imaging needs of challenging environments,” said Jackie Wynn, vice president, Public Sector, Imaging and Printing Group, HP. “Being selected by the United States Air Force, an organization that demands the highest standards of performance, is a true testament that we continue to produce and deliver innovative, comprehensive and reliable solutions for our customers around the world.”

Ricoh Production Printing Business Group Conducts Educational Seminars to Improve Customers' Bottom-Line Results

Seminars Provide Solutions to Current Production Printing Challenges ,   April 14, 2008 — Ricoh Americas Corporation announced today that its Production Printing Business Group (PPBG) is offering Smart Business Seminars on critical production printing topics to provide additional value and service to current and prospective customers. PPBG developed the seminars to better meet the specific business needs of attendees in its three core segments – In-plants, Graphic Arts and Data Centers. Designed to be an educational forum, these seminars offer segment-focused information that includes national industry speakers, hands-on exercises, technology demonstrations, and take-away operational assessment tools for real-life applications.

Smart Business Seminars (visit to register) have been held in Atlanta and Philadelphia and will tour across the country in six additional cities through the month of September, 2008 including: · Los Angeles, CA on April 16 · New York, NY on May 14 · Washington, D.C. on June 11 · Chicago, IL on July 16 · Detroit, MI on August 20 · Houston, TX on September 17

Printable Technologies and Kodak's Graphic Communications Group Form Alliance

San Diego, CA, and Rochester, NY, April 14, 2008 – Printable Technologies®, Inc., a leading provider of integrated marketing, web to print and personalized direct marketing solutions and Kodak's Graphic Communications Group today announced the integration of Printable's FusionPro® Web product with the KODAK® EMS Business Software.  Together, these products help customers navigate complex environments that include digital print workflows, fulfillment and mailing operations, and campaign tracking and reporting.

FusionPro Web, the web to print system from Printable, delivers online ordering and e-commerce support, mail list purchase and management, versioned and variable documents, and job submission and file transfer services.  Leveraging a sophisticated set of web services and data feeds, KODAK EMS Software connects easily with FusionPro Web, allowing print service providers the flexibility to manage and deliver a wide variety of print on demand, collateral management, and marketing communications programs for their customers, with a high level of integration with their business management systems.

Océ: Color Digital Press Brings Trailblazing Speed to Asia

Venlo, The Netherlands, 14 April 2008 — With the Asia market rollout of its flagship digital press, the Océ ColorStream 10000, Dutch digital printing group Océ is set to reinforce its position on the burgeoning Asia market and capture greater market share. The color digital press for the Graphic Arts is making its debut appearance in Asia on 14 April 2008, when Océ will present the system to distribution partners and customers at its Asia Distributors’ Conference in Taiwan. 

PIRA, the print industry’s leading research institute, predicts that Asia’s print market will grow 50 per cent by 2010. The market for digital printing hardware is estimated to expand by around 15 per cent, making Asia second only to Eastern Europe in terms of market growth: by 2012, the Chinese market alone is expected to be worth € 50 billion – substantially larger than e.g. the German market, which will account for sales of € 30 billion.

New Photizo Report: Managed Print Services Reshaping the Industry

Lexington, KY – April 14, 2008 – Increasing interest in Managed Print Services (MPS) is reshaping the industry, according to new research from the Photizo Group. MPS refers to outsourcing of imaging devices of any kind, but today it involves more than just leasing copiers. In a full engagement, a vendor will analyze enterprise equipment utilization and recommend a deployment strategy. The vendor will then manage and maintain the fleet. MPS decisions can be very confusing, and they represent big risks for IT professionals, facilities managers, and others. Contracts affect millions of printed pages annually. If a program fails, it can have significant financial impact on the customer, and it can negatively impact the customer’s perception of the MPS provider.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. Appoints Alan Nielsen Executive Vice President, Dealer Sales and Administration

Ramsey, N.J. – April 14, 2008 – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), a leading provider of advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop, today announced that Alan Nielsen has been named Executive Vice President, Dealer Sales and Administration.  Nielsen will report directly to Richard K. Taylor, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

In the position, Nielsen will be responsible for managing all aspects of the Konica Minolta dealer business within the US market.  Nielsen joins Konica Minolta from Ricoh Corporation where for more than 15 years he held sales positions with increasing responsibility.  Most recently, Nielsen served as Executive Vice President, Indirect Division, where he was responsible for a $1.5 billion business unit and managing a total of nine dealer regions with more than 600 independent dealers.  Prior to that Nielsen held the position of Vice President Indirect and Major Accounts Divisions where he managed two operating divisions with annual sales totaling $1.4 billion, and sold a full range of digital connectable, color and black and white copiers, facsimiles, printers, multifunctional and digital duplicator products.

Canon Invites Colortrac to Exhibit SmartLF high Definition Scanners at Drupa 2008

St Ives, Cambridge, UK, 14th April 2008 - Colortrac Ltd, the leading innovator in large format color scanning and document capture, has been invited by Canon Europe to demonstrate their latest high definition SmartLF product range running Colortrac ScanWorks and CopySmart software at drupa 2008.

Drupa is the world's leading printing and publishing industry trade fair. Visitors to drupa 2008 can see Colortrac's wide format color scanners and scan / copy software at work with Canon's new range of imagePROGRAF (iPF) large format inkjet printers on Canon's stand in Hall 8a, Stand B46. (drupa 2008, D|sseldorf Fairgrounds, 29th May - 11th June 2008.)

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. Names David Hartman Regional Vice President, Dealer Sales, Midwest

Ramsey, N.J. – April 14, 2008 – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), a leading provider of advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop, today announced that David Hartman has been named Regional Vice President, Dealer Sales, Midwest.  Hartman will report directly to Alan Nielsen, Executive Vice President, Dealer Sales and Administration.

In the position, Hartman will be responsible for managing all aspects of Konica Minolta dealer business within the newly formed Midwest Region. Hartman joins Konica Minolta from Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. where he held various executive positions including his most recent position as Vice President of Subsidiary and Distributor Sales.

"David brings more than three decades of industry experience in creating and growing revenue for our dealers and partners," said Rick Taylor, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.  "We look forward to having him join our organization to further establish our market leading position."