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Konica Minolta Unveils bizhub PRO C6501/C6501P/C5501 Series of Color Production Print Systems

Spectacular Color Output with the Speed, Reliability and Cost-Efficiency Light- to Mid-Volume Production Projects Require

Innovative New Print Systems on Exhibit at Booth #4816 at Graph Expo 2008 - McCormick Place South in Chicago on Oct. 26-29

Graph Expo 2008 - Chicago, Ill. - October 26, 2008 - 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 the introduction of the bizhub PRO® C6501/C6501P/C5501 Series of color production print systems.  The bizhub PRO C6501/C6501P Series features 65 pages per minute (ppm) color and black and white printing and copying with a high volume 300,000-page monthly duty cycle, while the bizhub PRO C5501 offers 55 ppm color and black output with a robust 250,000-page monthly duty cycle.

"The bizhub PRO C6501/C6501P/C5501 Series is poised to redefine the price/performance curve for color production print systems," said Kevin Kern, Vice President, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.  "The combination of quality, speed, reliability, reduced cost of ownership, flexible throughput and finishing, and powerful front-end RIP options offered by the bizhub PRO C6501/C6501P/ C5501 Series make it an excellent choice for print professionals."

The bizhub PRO C6501/C6501P/C5501 Series' paper capacity, flexible finishing options and cost-efficiency are ideal for light- to mid-volume on-demand color production printing.  The new production print systems have the ability to duplex print heavy and coated stocks - up to 256 gsm (10 point) through any tray - and 300 gsm (14 point) stock simplex prints through a dedicated paper tray.  In-line finishing options include a perfect binder for up to 600-page perfect bound books, a saddle-stitch booklet maker for up to 200-page trimmed booklets, a multi-folding unit offering 6 distinct fold patterns with post-insertion and hole-punch, and a 5,000-sheet stacker unit for increased productivity and lower labor costs.

Konica Minolta's exclusive Simitri® HD Color Polymerized Toner was developed specifically for the production printing market, and is available for the bizhub PRO C6501/C6501P/C5501 Series.  Its small particle size provides smoother halftones and a vast improvement in text reproduction and sharpness.  In addition, the small particle size leads to less toner use resulting in cost savings.

"The newest flagship color systems from Konica Minolta continue the legacy of Konica Minolta award-winning offerings for the production print marketplace," added Kern.  "Innovative products such as our bizhub PRO C6501/C6501P/C5501 Series backed by the best after-sales customer care establish truly beneficial customer relationships, enabling us to strengthen our industry-leading position in the production print marketplace."

Pricing and Availability
The bizhub PRO C6501/C6501P/C5501 Series is available now through Konica Minolta's North American direct sales, authorized dealer and value-added reseller channels. The manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for the bizhub PRO C6501is $45,000; bizhub PRO C6501P is $40,900; and the bizhub PRO C5501is $39,000.

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.  In 2008, 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.kmbs.konicaminolta.us

Konica Minolta Corporate Contact
James Norberto
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
+1 201.825.4000

Konica Minolta Media Contact
Doreen Maciak
Lois Paul and Partners
+1 781.782.5832

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Konica Minolta is a trademark of Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc.  bizhub PRO is a registered trademark of Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.  Simitri is a registered trademark of Konica Minolta Business Solutions, U.S.A.  All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.


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