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Press release BLI: Universal Print Driver is “Outstanding” Langenhagen, Germany, October 2011 Buyers Laboratory (BLI) has conferred an Outstanding Achievement Award in Innovation on Konica Minolta for its Universal Print Driver (UPD). UPD allows users to print to a variety of Konica Minolta printers and multifunctional peripherals (MFPs) and to third-party devices from a common user interface. The well-known provider of image information products earned the accolade in the context of the recent summer 2011 Pick Awards. In the review, BLI recognises OEMs that have demonstrated unique and laudable advances in imaging devices and solutions. “Receiving BLI’s Outstanding Achievement award for our UPD is a wonderful acknowledgment of our software development efforts,” says Minoru Fukushima, Manager, Application and Platform Group, at Konica Minolta’s International Marketing Division. “Implementing Konica Minolta’s UPD will help IT experts to significantly reduce administration time and related costs.” Businesses often use a variety of devices from different manufacturers in their print environments. They then face the troublesome task of updating their heterogeneous fleet with the latest drivers for each system. Konica Minolta’s UPD allows to deploy a single print driver for every compatible device across the whole fleet. The UPD is available for Konica Minolta MFPs and printers as well as PCL/PostScript products from other manufacturers. Many of the competitors’ universal drivers can find vendor and non-vendor network devices. Konica Minolta UPD’s device list not only shows each device’s status, but also lets users know whether or not a selected device is compatible with the UPD. This unique feature saves time and resources by making sure that print jobs are processed and printed correctly without the need for trial and error.


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Buyers Lab (BLI) honoured Konica Minolta with an Outstanding Achievement Award in Innovation for its Universal Print Driver.


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 continuously invests 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 over 27,200 employees around the world, Konica Minolta Business Technologies earned net sales of over EUR 4.8 billion in financial year 2010/11. For further information about the company, visit Product images are available at Terms and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and are hereby acknowledged. Contact Minoru Fukushima Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH Phone: +49 (0)511 7404-222 Sandro Cocca Ketchum Pleon GmbH Phone: +49 (0)711 21099-419