Press release Konica Minolta wins BLI’s coveted “MFP Line of the Year” Award Langenhagen, Germany, January 2011 Konica Minolta has won the Buyers Lab Inc. (BLI) “Line of the Year” Award for its multifunctional peripherals (MFPs). The award is presented once a year and goes to the OEM whose product line BLI found best overall in its rigorous evaluations. Reliability, image quality, productivity and ease of use are just a few of the factors that the renowned independent test lab for the digital industry takes into account when determining the winner. “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 at BLI, A3/Copier MFPs. “With outstanding performances in these key areas, along with attractive pricing and robust feature sets across its colour and monochrome lines, it became readily apparent that Konica Minolta is the vendor to beat for 2011.” It is for good reason that Konica Minolta’s entire MFP range has earned the “Line of the Year” accolade. Over the past 12 months, Konica Minolta won more MFP “Picks” than any other OEM: BLI presented six awards to business colour models alone, which virtually means every speed range received one, from 22 to 65 pages per minute. All colour models that BLI tested were found extremely strong in terms of reliability and productivity. The testers at BLI were also particularly impressed by the image quality the devices consistently achieved, calling it a “big differentiator for Konica Minolta”. Monochrome Konica Minolta MFPs did not fall short of their colour counterparts – on the contrary. In the monochrome MFP range, BLI did not test any Konica Minolta printing system without giving it an award. Once more, it was the
devices’ reliability that especially struck BLI testers. Furthermore, all Konica Minolta MFPs analysed in BLI’s “real-world job stream tests” performed above average. Both colour as well as black and white MFPs by Konica Minolta also set themselves apart from competitor products by their general ease of use and their security measures. With these Konica Minolta devices, the bizhub Extended Solution Technology (bEST) allows third party software developers to easily combine their own software, e.g. for cost or document management. “For us, BLI's highly coveted ‘MFP Line of the Year’ Award means nothing less than the ultimate accolade,” says Olaf Lorenz, General Manager International Marketing Division at Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe. “Over the past few years, our MFPs have been recognised as top level colour and monochrome devices. This strikingly illustrates that Konica Minolta provides exceptional performance and quality throughout and across its MFP product range.”
The independent test laboratory BLI honoured Konica Minolta’s entire MFP line-up with the “Line of the Year” Award.
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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 2009/10. For further information about the company, visit www.konicaminolta.eu. Product images are available at www.konicaminolta-images.eu. Terms and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and are hereby acknowledged.
Contact Olaf Lorenz Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH Phone: +49 (0)511 7404-378 Olaf.Lorenz@konicaminolta.eu Heiko Willrett Ketchum Pleon GmbH Phone: +49 (0)711 21099-425 KonicaMinoltaTeam@ketchumpleon.com