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Konica Minolta Named BLI's A3 MFP Line of the Year for Fourth Straight Year

For the first time in the decades-long history of Buyers Laboratory's (BLI) awards, a manufacturer has won the A3 MFP Line of the Year award for a fourth consecutive year. The most coveted honor bestowed by Buyers Lab, Line of the Year is awarded once a year to the vendors whose products are determined to be the best in their respective categories of models tested in BLI's two-month laboratory evaluation.

For 2014, as it has every year since 2011, that prestigious title goes to Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. Inc.

"What Konica Minolta has achieved with a fourth consecutive Line of the Year win is unprecedented," said Daria Hoffman, managing editor, BLI. "The fact that, year-after-year, Konica Minolta continues to surpass the competition is a testament to the sustained quality of its A3 line."

"What it boils down to with Konica Minolta is consistency," said George Mikolay, senior product editor for A3 copier/MFPs, BLI. "Whereas competing lines may stand out in certain speed bands, or in either color or black, Konica Minolta's engines stand out across the board — in reliability, ease of use and image quality — in virtually all speed bands in both color and black. No other vendor brings the same quality of performance across its product line to the same degree."

Konica Minolta and MGI Digital Graphic Technology enters into a strategic alliance

PARIS - January 20, 2014 and Tokyo - January 21, 2014—Konica Minolta, Inc.(Konica Minolta) and MGI Digital Graphic Technology (MGI) announced today that they have reached an agreement whereby Konica Minolta will acquire a 10% stake in MGI , valued at €13.7m, through a reserved capital increase. This investment will be dedicated to drive future growth, and is part of a common long term vision to establish a stronger presence in the professional digital printing market.

Building on a strong relationship that has lasted over a decade, the two business partners have agreed to expand their collaboration by entering into a strategic alliance that leverages both co-development and the co-marketing of existing and future products.

Konica Minolta Optimized Print Services

Managed Print Services Improve the Core Business

It’s never been cheaper to loose money in printing. Printer and similar hardcopy device (multifunctional devices, faxes etc.) along with toner, ink and/or click prices are continuously going down. Hardcopy documents are said to be of less and less importance. So, why should anybody in any company make any effort to tightly control and effectively manage the printer fleet?

Reality reveals a different picture: printing more and more becomes an issue for companies’ optimization initiatives. First, because printing is one of the last domains in which enterprise IT governance finds substantial potential for improvement. Only a couple of years ago the former “copier” has actually been added to IT management’s responsibilities. It has officially become part of the “output peripherals” which the “ordinary” printer belongs to since long. All of sudden, there is joint view on the complete device fleet which provokes questioning if it really meets the company’s business needs – or rather the individual inclinations of many single users. “Right-sizing” is the keyword driving optimization projects in this respect.

Second, it comes to mind what it means to operate an organically grown fleet of “cheap buys”. What has long become strategy for providing the workers with PC workstations is now sought to be applied for printers and other output peripherals, too. Always buying the same limited set of models might bring higher purchase prices. But savings in administrating and supporting, in building internal know how of users and user helpdesk staff, of unifying commercial processes are more than justifying. This is a fact that only controlling external spending will rather likely never reveal. An internal or external consultant will be needed to deeply look into the related process cost to identify whether it’s cheaper to work with one professional service provider or to burden each business unit with doing their own analysis and optimizing their individual sub-targets. 

2014 New Year's Greetings from the President, Masatoshi Matsuzaki - Creating “New Value” to Achieve Sustainable Growth Together with Society -

I have great pleasure in offering you my best wishes for the New Year.

In 2013, the world economy that had remained stagnant for the past few years began to show encouraging signs of recovery in general, supported by the increased economic growth rate of advanced countries of Japan, the U.S. and Europe, which more than offset the negative effects of the economic slowdown seen in some emerging countries. The general opinion is that the economic improvement is expected to continue into 2014 on a global level, though at a slow pace, backed by positive factors such as the promotion of the economic growth strategy by the Abe administration in Japan; the steady rise in domestic demand and exports in Germany, which leads the European economy; and the increase in consumer spending and improvement of corporate performance in the U.S. At the same time, we are aware of negative factors that are likely to affect the global economy, including the rise in Japan's consumption tax rate this coming April, which may result in a decline in consumer spending and economic downturn; the uncertainty of the financial policy of the U.S.; the economic imbalance in the euro area; and the bad debt problem that faces Southern European countries.

2013 Konica Minolta Dealer Meeting: Thinking Past the Document (Part 3 of 3)

By Carl Schell, Associate Editor, December 23, 2013

For the past four years, Senior Vice President of Business Intelligence Services for Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. (KMBS) Sam Errigo has spearheaded the company’s vertical market-based solutions initiative. At “Shape the Future,” he noted that the strategy has differentiated Konica Minolta from the competition: “The days of simply selling hardware are diminishing at a rapid pace, and customers’ expectations will continue to challenge the industry. We need to think differently about how we service our customers and the services they value most. This requires a new business perspective in order to shape the future of your organization.”

KMBS estimates that, currently, 30 percent of its hardware sales include software and services, and it’s hoping that the figure will jump to 50 percent by the end of the fiscal year. To reach that goal, Errigo urged dealers to engage with the company so a joint business plan can be developed on a one-by-one basis, then implemented to achieve complete customer satisfaction. The five-step approach advises dealers to define customers; organize a solutions portfolio—less is oftentimes more; design the plan so it’s something that can actually be executed; train engineers and sales associates; and select partners that will foster growth.

2013 Konica Minolta Dealer Meeting: The Plight of Hardware (Part 2 of 3)

By Carl Schell, Associate Editor, December 12, 2013

While Konica Minolta continues to call hardware its “core business,” devices clearly took a backseat to software at “Shape the Future”—and have for the past few shows. Regardless, as Senior Vice President of Marketing for Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. (KMBS) Kevin Kern said, “We still need to sell hardware, otherwise there won’t be any software.”

Though Kern spent more time discussing production print, an area in which the company has invested heavily and, based on its market share uptick, obviously played a key role in Konica Minolta’s growth since Rick Taylor was hired to lead the organization, the underlying theme as it pertains to office equipment was, without a doubt, portfolio uniformity.

2013 Konica Minolta Dealer Meeting: The Plight of Hardware (Part 2 of 3)

By Carl Schell, Associate Editor, December 12, 2013

While Konica Minolta continues to call hardware its “core business,” devices clearly took a backseat to software at “Shape the Future”—and have for the past few shows. Regardless, as Senior Vice President of Marketing for Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. (KMBS) Kevin Kern said, “We still need to sell hardware, otherwise there won’t be any software.”

Though Kern spent more time discussing production print, an area in which the company has invested heavily and, based on its market share uptick, obviously played a key role in Konica Minolta’s growth since Rick Taylor was hired to lead the organization, the underlying theme as it pertains to office equipment was, without a doubt, portfolio uniformity.

2013 Konica Minolta Dealer Meeting: Numbers Don’t Lie (Part 1 of 3)

By Carl Schell, Associate Editor, December 3, 2013

Throughout his opening remarks at “Shape the Future,” President and COO of Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. (KMBS) Rick Taylor peppered in a few jokes, along with some self-deprecating humor. The news he and other executives shared over the next several hours in the Venetian Theater, though, was no joke.

Strategy. Passion. Leadership. These were the pillars upon which the event was built, regardless of the topic at hand, and they served to support the biggest theme: transformation. Looking back to 2008, when Taylor was hired and began bringing his team on board, it’s obvious that the company’s journey over the past five years has been marked not only by positive change but also impressive results, particularly in the areas of dealer relations, the continued “flipping” of the hardware-based business model to one that’s solutions and services-centric, and the overall score on the board.

Giving Shape to Ideas at Eco-Products 2013 in Tokyo -- Konica Minolta Shows Advanced, Global Initiatives and Breakthrough Technologies as Environmental Front Runner --

Tokyo (December 5, 2013) - Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) will be exhibiting at Eco-Products 2013 (December 12-14, 2013), one of the largest environmental exhibitions in Japan, held at Tokyo Big Sight.

The theme for the milestone fifteenth Eco-Products is “Shaping Our Future Now.” 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 Communication Message “Giving Shape to Ideas,” Konica Minolta will showcase its worldwide initiatives to contribute to the sustainable earth and society by sharing challenges faced by the customers and society and providing new solutions with environmentally-friendly products and services based on breakthrough environmental technologies.

Konica Minolta Further Enhances Clean Planet Program

Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA Inc. has announced enhancements to the Konica Minolta Clean Planet Recycling Program to further improve upon and simplify the recycling process for customer consumables.

Providing easy and cost-free recycling to all customers, the Clean Planet Program helps reduce the overall ecological footprint via a streamlined return and recycle process. Whether relying on a single desktop printer, a complete fleet of bizhub MFPs, or professional bizhub PRO or bizhub PRESS production print systems, customers can return and recycle all major consumables—including toner cartridges, imaging units, waste toner bottles, developer/developer units and drums—for all Konica Minolta models without any shipping or processing costs.

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