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Press release Konica Minolta’s bizhub C220, C280 and C360 receive BLI “Pick of the Year” Award Langenhagen, Germany, February 2010 The Konica Minolta bizhubs C220, C280 and C360 have taken home the 2009 BLI “Pick of the Year” Awards as “Outstanding A3/Ledger Color MFPs” in their respective speed range. Buyers Laboratory Inc., the renowned independent testing lab, was impressed by the overall performance of the multifunctional devices, especially their ease of use and productivity. The powerful triumvirate stands for high quality colour functionality in printing, copying, faxing and scanning, and is best equipped for everyday monochrome document production at low cost for offices and workgroups.

According to the BLI testers, the Konica Minolta bizhub C220, C280 and C360 offer exceptional ease of use and strong productivity in key test areas, while also proving to be highly reliable. They also showed impressive effectiveness in the BLI’s job stream test in colour, as all three models achieve above-average results from both the PCL and PostScript drivers. Furthermore, the monochrome and colour duplex copy and print efficiency were found to be very good to outstanding, which is crucial for users attempting to lower running costs and improve environmental friendliness.

One of the reasons for the three bizhubs’ ease of use, which was explicitly mentioned by BLI experts, is the MyTab feature – a Spring 2009 BLI “Outstanding Achievement” winner. With this mighty application, commonly used print job selections can be configured and saved on one tab, allowing users to take full advantage of the driver feature set with a

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minimum of fuss, as all required features can be viewed at a glance. Users can also easily integrate third-party software with the devices via bizhub Extended Solution Technology (bEST).

As demonstrated by the BLI tests, the bizhub series C220, C280 and C360 easily and reliably handle all kind of office tasks in monochrome or in colour. Thus, the multifunctional devices meet all demands of modern offices and workgroups in corporate environments. This makes them a perfect substitute for standalone printers, copiers, scanners and fax units.

“The BLI ‘Pick of the Year’ Award for our bizhub series of colour MFPs is a proof of the devices’ cutting-edge performance and eco-friendliness,” says Karsten Wiebking, Product Manager at Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe. “With our bizhubs C220, C280 and C360, users benefit from reliable and low cost printing, copying, scanning and faxing with high image quality.”

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The 2009 BLI “Pick of the Year Award” for the bizhubs C220, C280 and C360 proves Konica Minolta’s commitment to providing innovative MFPs for everyday document production.

Konica Minolta’s bizhubs C220 (left), C280 and C360 (right) are quiet and energy-efficient office solutions – perfectly suitable for a wide range of corporate environments.

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About Buyers Laboratory For 48 years, Buyers Lab (BLI) has been the leading independent office-equipment testing lab and business consumer advocate. In addition to publishing the industry's most comprehensive and accurate test reports on office document imaging devices, each representing months of exhaustive hands-on testing in BLI's US and UK laboratories, the company has been the leading source of competitive intelligence for industry professionals on copiers, printers, fax machines, scanners, duplicators, wide-format devices and multifunctional products. The company's databases cover over 12,000 products globally and have a long-standing reputation for being the industry's most trustworthy and complete source for specifications and side-by-side comparisons, all of which are available as part of bliQ, BLI’s Web-based encyclopaedic resource. Subscribers also have access to BLI's renowned Lab Test Reports, First Look Reports, Solutions Reports, Environmental Reports, news articles and a complete library of manufacturers’ product literature, as well as valuable tools including a Product Configurator and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Calculator. Buyers Lab also provides business consumers with How-To-Guides, a Needs Assessment Wizard and Free Vendor Quotes via its Buyers Lab Advisor Web site, as well as independent purchasing advice and consulting from its Buyers Alliance procurement experts. A vast array of confidential for-hire private testing services that include document imaging device beta and pre-launch testing, performance certification testing, consumables testing (such as toner, ink and photoconductors) and software solutions and print media testing (including virgin and recycled papers) are also available for business consumers and manufacturers. For more information on Buyers Laboratory, business consumers should visit www.buyerslabadvisor.com. All others should visit www.buyerslab.com. About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, based in Langenhagen, Germany, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc., Tokyo, Japan. The company delivers services and distributes products, systems and solutions that fulfil all the requirements of office and production printing over the entire document life cycle. Its product range extends from colour and monochrome multifunctional and production printing systems, laser printers and all-in-ones to management software that integrates devices seamlessly into work processes and IT environments. To support customers such as printing and industrial companies optimally with powerful and sustainable solutions, technology leader Konica Minolta invests continuously in research and development work and regularly sets new standards for the entire printing industry. Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is represented by subsidiaries and distributors in more than 50 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). With 22,500 employees around the world, Konica Minolta Business Technologies earned net sales of over EUR 4.3 billion in financial year 2008/09. For further information about the company, visit www.konicaminolta.eu.

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Contact: Karsten Wiebking Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH Phone: +49 (0)511 7404-5889 Karsten.Wiebking@konicaminolta.eu Gesa Liss Pleon GmbH Phone: +49 (0)711 21099-421 KonicaMinoltaTeam@pleon.com

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