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Konica Minolta Ranked First Place at the 18th Nikkei Environmental Management Survey

Tokyo (January 30, 2015) -- Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) is pleased to announce that it was ranked first place in the overall manufacturing sector at the 18th Environmental Management Survey conducted by Nikkei Inc.

The annual survey assesses environmental management of Japanese companies and recognizes initiatives toward sustainability in terms of both environment and business management. 1,729 manufacturers were invited to the survey and 419 companies responded.

BLI Announces Additional Winter 2015 Pick Awards

Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) has announced the winners of its most coveted awards in the Printer/MFP category, selecting Hewlett-Packard (HP) as the winner of its 2015 Color Printer/MFP Line of the Year and Samsung Electronics Co. Inc., as the winner of its 2015 Monochrome Printer/MFP Line of the Year.

Bestowed once a year by BLI, Line of the Year awards honor the manufacturers whose product lines are determined to be the best overall in their category based on the cumulative test results of all models tested in BLI's rigorous two-month laboratory evaluation. The selections are made by BLI's staff of technicians and editors after subjecting scores of devices from every major OEM to BLI's exhaustive, comprehensive lab tests.

Konica Minolta Develops FD-9, World’s Fastest*1 Auto-Scanning Spectrophotometer, Bringing Improved Accuracy in Color Management to Users in the Printing Industry

Tokyo (January 20, 2015) - Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) today announced that it has developed the FD-9, an auto-scanning spectrophotometer capable of measuring a standard color chart, commonly used in the printing industry for profile creation, at the fastest speed in the world*1. This model will be launched worldwide in the summer of 2015, with repair and calibration services conveniently available at Konica Minolta’s five business centers located around the world.

Konica Minolta’s A4 Color MFP Receives BLI Winter 2014 Pick Award

Tokyo (January 16, 2015) -- Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) today announced that Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI)*1, a U.S.-based independent test lab with the focus on office document equipment and solution products, has awarded the company recognition for its bizhub series of multi-functional peripherals (MFPs) in several categories in BLI’s Winter 2015 Pick Awards*2.

Konica Minolta has been awarded Winter 2015 Pick for the bizhub C3350 in the A4 color category, following the five MFPs*3 recognized with Summer 2014 Picks last July. Additionally, the bizhub C3350 and the A4 monochrome MFP bizhub 4750 have received Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency*4 awards for their excellent energy performance.

Konica Minolta Enhances Production Print Direct Sales in Brazil, Acquiring Milsul with High Market Share in Two Southern States

Tokyo (January 7, 2015) -- Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) today announced that it is launching initiatives to enhance direct sales and customer support network in Brazil, including its business technologies sales subsidiary, Konica Minolta Business Solutions do Brasil Ltda. (Konica Minolta BR), for the fast-growing Production Print (PP) sector in the country. As the first step, Konica Minolta BR has acquired Rio Grande do Sul-based Milsul Comercio Importacao e Exportacao Ltda (Milsul), a major local dealer with high market share in the two southern states of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Caterina. Milsul functions as Konica Minolta BR’s subsidiary and a foothold for further business expansion in the PP sector in Brazil.

Konica Minolta has been investing not only in the advanced primary markets in Japan, the U.S. and Europe in the PP field, as a strong player in the color PP, but also in its business development in the emerging markets.

Konica Minolta’s Five MFPs Won China Red Star Design Award 2014

Tokyo (December 19, 2014) -- Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) is pleased to announce that its five A3 color multi-functional peripherals (MFPs) in the bizhub series, the bizhub C554e/C454e/C364e/C284e/C224e, have won Excellent Prize of 2014 China Red Star Design Award. The award-winning MFPs are primary products in the company’s Business Technologies business.

China Red Star Design Award was established in 2006 by Beijing Industrial Design Center to commend a broad range of outstanding industrial design in China and abroad. The award winners are selected by the jury board of domestic and international design experts, based on six criteria of innovation, utility, economic benefit, environmental-friendliness, craft and aesthetic.

Giving Shape to Ideas at Eco-Products 2014 in Tokyo

Tokyo (December 4, 2014) -- Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) will be exhibiting at Eco-Products 2014 (December 11-13, 2014), one of the largest environmental exhibitions in Japan, held at Tokyo Big Sight.

The theme for the sixteenth Eco-Products is “Discover Ideas to Change the Future!” The annual exhibition has drawn a lot of attentions, as diverse stakeholders visit and exhibit at the show and share initiatives or solutions that address environmental issues on a global scale.

This year, under the brand proposition “Giving Shape to Ideas,” Konica Minolta will showcase its eco-considerate multi-functional peripherals (MFPs) and various products and services, developed from the mind and ideas with environmental impact reduction and the company’s advanced technologies. The values and benefits these products and services bring will be presented from the viewpoint of people in everyday life and work.

Konica Minolta Receives BLI’s Production Printer 2015 PRO Awards Three Models of bizhub PRESS Series Awarded This Year

Tokyo (November 18, 2014) – Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) is pleased to announce that Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI*1), a U.S.-based independent test lab with the focus on Imaging Hardware and Software products evaluation, has awarded Konica Minolta three Production Printer 2015 Awards*2 for its bizhub PRESS series, the digital printing system for production print market, that gave the best performance in BLI’s comprehensive suite of laboratory tests.

The award-winning products and the reasons for their selection are:

  • bizhub PRESS C1100 - Outstanding Color Mid-Volume Production Device
  • bizhub PRESS 2250P - Outstanding Monochrome Mid- to High-Volume Production Device
  • bizhub PRESS 1052 - Outstanding Monochrome Light- to Mid-Volume Production Device

Mobile Printing Integration with Konica Minolta Secure Print User Boxes

Challenge – Securely Direct PrinterOn Mobile Printing Jobs to Konica Minolta MFPs

Although PrinterOn’s hosted mobile printing service can print virtually anywhere, it could not take advantage of the special “Secure Print User Box” feature of the Konica Minolta bizhub MFPs.

Solution – PrinterOn Integration with Konica Minolta Secure Print User Box

PrinterOn extended the PrinterOn services to collect the necessary user information to be compatible with the Konica Minolta bizhub MFP Secure Print User Box.

How It Works

When the PJL Username and Password authentication feature is enabled, a user who navigates to the PrinterOn site to upload a print job will be prompted to enter a unique username and password. PrinterOn injects this authentication information into the print data stream directly leveraging Konica Minolta’s PJL command set.

When the user gets to the printer, they type in the same username and password they used in the submission process to access their secure personal box on the MFP. Their queued print job(s) will be displayed and they select the job to be printed.

Konica Minolta Acquires Verga in Italy Establishing Sales Subsidiary in Italy, the Growth Driver Country of Inkjet Textile Printing, and Accelerating Global Business Development

Tokyo (October 14, 2014) - Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Verga IT S.r.l., an Italian inkjet textile printer sales company (Verga), under which Konica Minolta acquires Verga. Through the acquisition, Konica Minolta has established Konica Minolta IJ Textile Europe S.r.l. (Headquarters: Bregnano, Como, Italy), its first overseas sales subsidiary for industrial inkjet business, aiming to enhance the sales and services organization in the inkjet textile printer markets in Europe and within its proximity, with a great growth potential.

The worldwide textile printing market has been going digital rapidly, as digital inkjet technology has better responded to market requirements of the apparel industry. The current requirements include printing highly detailed and precise designs which was difficult to produce through traditional analog printing, and also printing with excellent quality through production of small quantities of many different designs. Inkjet technology has realized them all. In addition, as inkjet textile printing uses significantly less water than analog printing, more and more factories have become interested in adopting digital technology to transform themselves into more environmentally-considerate businesses.

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