June 14, 2007 09:00 ET

ZINK Imaging Announces Intent to Purchase Konica Minolta Manufacturing Facility

North Carolina Facility Will Serve as Manufacturing Hub for ZINK™ Zero-Ink™ Paper

WALTHAM, MA--(Marketwire - June 14, 2007) - ZINK Imaging, the innovators behind the recently unveiled zero-ink™ digital printing technology, today announced its intent to purchase a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Whitsett, North Carolina from Konica Minolta Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc. (KMMU). This plant will manufacture ZINK paper which will be used in ZINK™-enabled printers.

The patented ZINK paper is an advanced composite material with dye crystals embedded inside and a protective polymer overcoat layer outside. Before printing, the embedded dye crystals are clear, so ZINK paper looks like regular white photo paper. A ZINK-enabled printer uses heat to activate and colorize these dye crystals. The printing process is now radically simple. Just add paper and press "print." The result is high quality, long-lasting, durable and affordable images.

"We are quite pleased to be able to extend our manufacturing operations beyond our headquarters in Massachusetts to the Konica Minolta facility in North Carolina," said Wendy Caswell, President & CEO of ZINK Imaging. "The Konica Minolta manufacturing site is synergistic with our existing operations which made the decision to purchase the facility a natural one."

KMMU is a coating and chemical mix facility originally built in 1989 for production of a variety of imaging products and is located in Whitsett, North Carolina. ZINK Imaging will hire and leverage the expertise of the employees of the KMMU site to assist in the manufacturing of ZINK's paper.

About ZINK Imaging

ZINK Imaging, a privately held company, was founded to enable millions of customers to enjoy the magic of ZINK™ zero-ink™ products. ZINK Imaging is headquartered in Massachusetts. For more information, please visit

About Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta Group offers diverse digital imaging products and services in a wide range of fields. For more information, please visit Konica Minolta at

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    Deanna Clarance
    ZINK Imaging
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    Jessica Sutera
    Lois Paul & Partners for ZINK Imaging
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