Konica Minolta bizhub MFPs Driven by Fiery Technology Allow Users to Create Cost-Effective Professional Looking Documents

bizhub C652/C552 Series with IC-412 Controller offers Increased Productivity and ROI


bizhub C652/C552 Series with IC-412 Controller offers Increased Productivity and ROI

Ramsey, N.J. and Foster City, Calif. - May 11, 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, and EFI™ (Nasdaq: EFII), the world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, today announced a new Fiery® controller for the recently launched Konica Minolta bizhub® C652/C552 Series of digital color multifunctional printers (MFPs) designed for the office environment.  The Fiery-based IC-412 controller delivers automated workflows, exceptional color and impressive speed to increase productivity and return on investment for Konica Minolta customers.

"As a longstanding Konica Minolta partner, Fiery continues to deliver consistent, reliable color output and improved overall office productivity for our customers," said Kevin Kern, vice president, marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.  "With innovative workflow capabilities, the Fiery IC-412 controller offers bizhub C652 and bizhub C552 customers the ease of use and high-quality output they are accustomed to from Konica Minolta."

To deliver consistent results with exceptional color, the controller relies on Fiery ColorWise®, an in-RIP color management system that provides great "out-of-the-box" color and offers users the ability to fine-tune color. The optional Spot-On® module simplifies the production of high-quality, accurate corporate colors and eliminates color rework. The Fiery's built-in, wizard-based visual workflows shorten prep time and lead to greater productivity. In addition, the RIP-while-Print® technology allows one page to be printed while subsequent pages are being processed, enabling more pages to be printed per hour resulting in increased customer productivity and faster return on investment.

"The Fiery controller ensures significantly improved productivity and cost effectiveness for Konica Minolta customers with its unmatched speed and user-friendly wizard-based workflows that allow anyone to quickly create professional looking documents," said John Henze, vice president of marketing, Fiery division, EFI.

The latest Fiery technology also enhances office security by leveraging industry-standard protocols to make managing security easier. Secure Erase, user authentication, access control and automatic updates are built-in to the new Fiery controller. Web tools facilitate centralized access to key applications and utilities to increase productivity and reduce downtime.

The Fiery IC-412 and other EFI solutions designed for Konica Minolta customers are available now through Konica Minolta's North American direct sales, authorized dealer and value-added reseller channels.  More information regarding Konica Minolta's award-winning lines of equipment and software solutions are available at www.CountOnKonicaMinolta.com.  More information regarding EFI is available at www.efi.com and 800.875.7117.

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.  For the second consecutive year, 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.CountOnKonicaMinolta.com
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About EFI
EFI (www.efi.com
) is the world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation. EFI's award-winning solutions, integrated from creation to print, deliver increased performance, cost savings and productivity. The company's robust product portfolio includes Fiery® digital color print servers; VUTEk® superwide digital inkjet printers, UV and solvent inks; Rastek™ UV wide-format inkjet printers; Jetrion® industrial inkjet printing systems; print production workflow and management information software; and corporate printing solutions. EFI maintains 23 offices worldwide.

Konica Minolta Corporate Contact
James Norberto
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
+1 201.825.4000
PR@kmbs.konicaminolta.us

EFI Corporate Contact
Katie Maller
EFI Public Relations
+1 650.357.3032
katie.maller@efi.com

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