Creo Print On-Demand Solutions Group and Konica Minolta Introduce New Print Controller for bizhub PRO C6500 at On-Demand Conference & Expo 2006

Product Preview at ON DEMAND - Launch Later This Year


Product Preview at ON DEMAND - Launch Later This Year

ON DEMAND Conference & Expo - Philadelphia, PA - May 15, 2006 - Creo Print On-Demand Solutions (PODS) Group announces the new IC-304 Print Controller for the Konica Minolta bizhub PRO C6500 color production print system. This robust print controller offers Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) customers advanced features for high-quality image control, ease-of-use and productivity. The Creo Print On-Demand Solutions Group is an independent unit of Kodak's Graphic Communications Group.

"We enhanced all the successful elements of a professional print controller for the new bizhub PRO C6500 and sharpened them for the high speed and quality required by Konica Minolta graphic arts customers," said Uri Keren, Director, Creo Print On-Demand Solutions Group. "With Konica Minolta we continue to develop solutions that give their customers the ability to print everything from basic printing to sophisticated professional print jobs."

Featuring Speed, Quality Color and Variable Data Printing
The IC-304 print controller supports Konica Minolta's bizhub PRO C6500 color production printing device and retains its ease of use for high-quality color and variable data printing (VDP). This print controller is ideal for commercial printers who want a user-friendly controller that features the legacy of graphic arts knowledge through the Creo Print On-Demand Solutions group.

"We are pleased to be able to provide our customers the performance and capabilities that the CREO IC-304 brings to the bizhub PRO C6500," said Kevin P. Kern, Vice President, Product Planning and Development, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. "The bizhub PRO C6500 represents the latest development of Konica Minolta in the production printing segment and further extends the successful, award-winning bizhub PRO range."

For digital print providers with a hybrid workflow, the IC-304 print controller uses JDF for seamless connectivity between offset and digital printing. The new print controller will fully support all finishers of the bizhub PRO C6500.

The new IC-304 print controller leverages powerful digital print technology to create a workflow solution that features extremely fast RIP speeds with maximum flexibility and efficiency. The IC-304 print controller features extensive document printing capabilities, comprehensive workflow and color management tools The combination of Creo PODS professional color knowledge and the new bizhub PRO C6500 printing system provides Konica Minolta's customers the ability to produce vibrant images.

For personalized printing, the IC-304 print controller leverages CREO PODS comprehensive VDP solution, which processes complex variable data documents at the same speed as a static print job and offers on-the-fly previews and color correction. Because the IC-304 print controller supports popular authoring tools and all leading industry print formats, users can easily create and output full-color, personalized documents including postcards, coupons, direct mailers, variable data statements, marketing collateral or any other customised job.

To experience Konica Minolta's full portfolio of bizhub PRO production printing systems, visit us at ON DEMAND at Booth #2125 from May 15-18, 2006.

About Creo Print On-Demand Solutions Group
The Creo Print On-Demand Solutions Group develops high-performance digital color servers to drive a range of digital printers and presses. It also develops advanced on-demand applications to enable the creation of personalized direct mail, targeted catalogues and other powerful one-to-one marketing communications.

The Creo Print On-Demand Solutions Group is a unit of Kodak's GCG. Information about Creo PODS is available at the Creo Print On-Demand Solutions Group's web site at
www.creopod.com. Images available for download at www.creopod.com

About Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc., offers a broad range of multifunctional digital imaging solutions inspired by its bizhub™ brand of powerful solutions that serve as the central resource for document scanning, in-house printing, copying, faxing and electronic archiving and distribution. From high-quality color and monochrome bizhub systems for workgroups and small offices, to advanced high-volume bizhub PRO™
production printing systems for large corporations and print-for-pay services, Konica Minolta is leading the industry toward integrated, networked hardware/software solutions that are more simple, reliable, and costeffective.  Complementing its bizhub solutions, Konica Minolta also offers desktop laser printers, microform digital imaging systems, wide-format printers and scanning systems for specialized applications.

Headquartered in Ramsey, New Jersey, Konica Minolta delivers expert professional services and experienced, responsive client support, in addition to the world-class service provided through its extensive network of direct sales offices, authorized dealers, resellers and distribution partners in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and South America. For more information, please visit Konica Minolta at 

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