SOURCE: Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.

September 21, 2009 12:01 ET

Konica Minolta Boosts Productivity for Small- to Mid-Sized Businesses and Workgroups With New Color MFPs

Newest Office Systems in Award-Winning Product Line Meet Needs of Sophisticated Color Users and Those Transitioning From Black and White Environments

RAMSEY, NJ--(Marketwire - September 21, 2009) - 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 launched the next wave of color multifunctional printers (MFPs -- print, copy, fax, scan all-in-one system) in the award-winning bizhub® product line. These new color systems, which include the bizhub C452, bizhub C360, bizhub C280, and bizhub C220, are designed to meet the diverse needs of small- to mid-sized office workgroups, both for color as well as black and white environments, from end-users needing only occasional color or have graphic output requirements to those that mainly generate monochrome output. They can handle a heavy workload with their robust and efficient productivity features, and offer the same functionality and features at different speeds, ranging from 45 pages per minute (ppm) to 22 ppm.

These full-color MFPs offer color-specific tools for the art professionals such as unique Pantone colors, advanced queue management and/or need for additional processing speed, as well as Fiery® support for broader and more specific color requirements. By producing the same robust productivity of a black and white device, the new office systems are an ideal replacement for current monochrome users seeking an efficient, high quality replacement to transition to color output.

"Customers requiring a versatile MFP can rely on our newest color systems to deliver not only high impact color and image quality, but also the flexibility to handle a variety of output needs," said Kevin Kern, Vice President, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. "Thanks to our exclusive Emperon® Print System, our end users will be able to count on Konica Minolta to achieve excellent image quality as well as compatibility with multiple environments that will easily meet the diverse needs of today's ever-changing workplace."

Fast color and cost-effective black-and-white output, industry leading warm-up time and first copy time are just a few of the features that make these devices stand out and showcase how end-users can count on Konica Minolta for all of their digital imaging needs. Furthermore, these devices are designed to protect the environment with Konica Minolta's exclusive Simitri® HD color polymerized toner, Energy Star compliancy, low operating noise, low emissions, lower temperature fusing for less power consumption, easily recyclable toner bottles/cartridges and plastic parts. In addition, for total flexibility, users can leverage Bluetooth™ wireless printing, a standard-front panel USB connector for conveniently saving files to and printing from a USB thumb drive, USB memory printing with document preview, and the ability to import/export files via USB memory to and from individual user boxes.

"These next-generation MFPs will offer customers seamless connectivity by supporting a variety of networking needs with high performance, image quality and reliability as well as low TCO," said Keith Kmetz, IDC Vice President, Hardcopy Peripherals Solutions and Services programs. "We anticipate customers will want to leverage the bizhub C452, C360, C280 or C220 for the same quality and cost-effectiveness of a monochrome device coupled with the ability to leverage color when it's needed."

The user profile for the new bizhub color MFPs includes a diverse target list. For example, a management team interested in an innovative product as the catalyst for increased office productivity and creativity, or organizations looking to maintain a sophisticated look and feel in their office will enjoy having one of the new MFPs in their workplace.

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Pricing and Availability

The newest color bizhub MFPs are available now through Konica Minolta's North American direct sales and authorized dealer sales channels. The manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for the bizhub C452 is $21,858; the bizhub C360 is $13,613; the bizhub C280 is $10,315; and the bizhub C220 is $9,165.

About Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is a leader in advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop. For the second consecutive year, Konica Minolta was recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys. For more information, please visit www.CountOnKonicaMinolta.com.

Konica Minolta is a trademark of Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. bizhub and Emperon are registered trademarks of Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. Simitri is a registered trademark of Konica Minolta Business Solutions. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.