Konica Minolta Receives 2011 MFP "Line of the Year" Award from BLI

Outstanding Performance of bizhub Color and Monochrome MFPs Earns Four Additional "Pick" Awards from Leading Industry Analyst

Ramsey, N.J. – January 12, 2011 – 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 Buyers Laboratory Inc. (BLI) has named Konica Minolta 2011 "Line of the Year" award winner in the A3/Ledger MFP segment for the company's award-winning line of bizhub® Color and Monochrome Multifunctional Products (MFPs – print, copy, fax, and scan all in one system). Additionally, Konica Minolta has been recognized with four A3 "Pick" Awards.

BLI recognized Konica Minolta with the following awards:

  • "Line of the Year" – A3/Ledger Color and Monochrome MFPs
  • bizhub 423 – "Pick" Award winner for Outstanding 41- to 50-ppm A3/Ledger Monochrome MFP
  • bizhub 363 – "Pick" Award winner for Outstanding 31- to 40-ppm A3/Ledger Monochrome MFP
  • bizhub 283 – "Pick" Award winner for Outstanding 21- to 30-ppm A3/Ledger Monochrome MFP
  • bizhub 223 – "Pick" Award winner for Outstanding 21- to 30-ppm A3/Ledger Monochrome MFP

BLI's "Line of the Year" is awarded once a year to the OEM whose product line is determined to be the best overall in its category based on the cumulative test results of all model's tested in BLI's rigorous two-month laboratory evaluation. Among the many factors considered are reliability, image quality, productivity, ease of use, scanning, a host of connectivity attributes and overall value. Also considered is the breadth of the OEM's line and its ability to provide quality products suitable to a broad spectrum of customer needs, from low-volume to high-volume.

In the last year, Konica Minolta has won more A3 "Picks" than any other vendor. "Time and again, Konica Minolta's line has proven itself in the areas that matter most to end users—reliability, ease of use, productivity and image quality," said George Mikolay, Senior Product Editor, A3/Copier MFPs, Buyers Laboratory Inc. "These areas are the foundation on which we measure every single A3 device we test. With outstanding performances in these key areas, along with competitive to lower-than-average prices and robust feature sets across its color and monochrome lines, it became readily apparent that Konica Minolta is the vendor to beat for 2011."

The twice-a-year "Picks" assess reliability in terms of the service and preventive maintenance calls required over the course of a rigorous two-month evaluation. Its comprehensive evaluation includes an assessment of copy and print quality, productivity, ease of use and economy, as well as connectivity issues such as feedback to workstations, administration utilities, print drivers, multitasking and scanning solutions.

"Konica Minolta's complete line of bizhub MFPs consistently performs well in our testing and the 'Line of the Year' award acknowledges the company's market-leading performance and innovative technology," added Mikolay. "The 'Pick' awards further demonstrate the exceptional capabilities that we have come to expect from the Konica Minolta name."

"Receiving these awards from BLI, in particular the 'Line of the Year' award, highlights our success and commitment to delivering products that address and surpass the needs of our customers of all sizes," said Kevin Kern, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. "Moving into 2011, we will remain committed to the goal of ensuring that customers can count on Konica Minolta for award-winning technology that meets their entire scope of digital printing needs."



Konica Minolta Honors Lewis Digital of Tallahassee, FL
with 2010 Pro-Tech Service Award for Service Excellence

March 2010: Ramsey, N.J. and Lewis Digital, Tallahassee, Florida [March 2010] – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) announced that Lewis Digital of Tallahassee, FL has been honored with a 2010 Pro-Tech Service Award, which recognizes those Konica Minolta dealerships that demonstrate the highest commitment to customer support and satisfaction.

“Providing excellent service has become increasingly important in our industry, and Konica Minolta is committed to assuring the highest performance standards across our organization,” said James Ingrassia, vice president, solutions support division, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. “The Pro-Tech Service Award represents Konica Minolta’s gold standard for service competence and proficiency. There is no higher honor for an authorized Konica Minolta dealer partner and Lewis Digital should be very proud of its achievement.”

A five-time Pro-Tech Service Award winner, Lewis Digital, headed by Tracy Lewis, President, is dedicated to delivering professional, reliable service and maximum performance for Konica Minolta’s award-winning lines of digital imaging products. To attain the Pro-Tech standard, each element of Lewis Digital's operation was evaluated and measured, including its management skills, inventory control systems, technical expertise, dispatch systems, and customer satisfaction ratings.

“The Pro-Tech Service Award is a mark of distinction which we are proud to showcase as it symbolizes our commitment to offering the best business practices in our marketplace,” said Tracy Lewis, President. “This award certifies to our customer base that we have the skills, people and systems to keep their Konica Minolta equipment operating at the highest level of productivity. Additionally, it provides our customers another great reason to count on Konica Minolta and Lewis Digital for all of their printing needs.”

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 and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook and Twitter.

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