Konica Minolta Earns Three Prestigious Marketing Research Consultants (MRC) Awards

Honored as MFP Manufacturer of the Year; Color Product of the Year with the bizhub PRESS C8000; and Tribute to Konica Minolta Legend Bud Murphy

Witness Konica Minolta in action at GRAPH EXPO 2010
October 3-6, McCormick Place, Chicago

CHICAGO - GRAPH EXPO 2010 - October 3, 2010 - 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, announced that it has been awarded three distinctions from Marketing Research Consultants (MRC), the industry group that publishes leading office equipment trade journals, The Cannata Report and LiveWire.  This year's awards included MFP Manufacturer of the Year for Konica Minolta's award-winning line of bizhub® multifunctional products (MFP - print, copy, fax, and scan all in one system), and Color Product of the Year for the newly-launched bizhub PRESS C8000.  In addition, Konica Minolta legend Bud Murphy was honored with a Posthumous Award for outstanding service to the dealer community during his long tenure with the company.

MFP Manufacturer of the Year - Konica Minolta's line of bizhub office systems offer cost-effective, high-performance, high-value document management solutions for any office setting.  The bizhub office product line was recognized due to its broad range of print, copy, scan, and fax speeds with advanced finishing options.

Color Product of the Year - The bizhub PRESS C8000, the flagship of Konica Minolta's next-generation line of color digital presses, combines stable, high-resolution output with uncompromised full-color quality at fast speeds of 80 pages per minute (ppm).

Special Legend Award - A special Posthumous Award was given to Bud Murphy and accepted by his wife Kathy.  This award is a tribute to Bud's outstanding service to the dealer community during his long tenure at the former Minolta Corporation, and later Konica Minolta.

"Konica Minolta was widely hailed throughout our 25th Annual Dealer Survey.  The Konica Minolta Dealers made it clear that they value greatly the depth and competitiveness of the entire product line.  I cannot recall ever presenting three awards to a company, in a single evening," said Frank Cannata, President, Marketing Research Consultants, LLC.  "The recognition did not end there as we were proud to pay a posthumous tribute to Bud Murphy.  There were several dealers who commented that Bud should have been given the award for Executive of the Year."

"Receiving these awards is a tremendous honor, especially as they recognize both our production print and MFP lines of products," said Kevin Kern, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A, Inc.  "Having our people, like the legend Bud Murphy, recognized goes to show that customers can count on Konica Minolta for our products and service."

The awards were presented Wednesday, September 22, 2010, at Nanina's in the Park, located in Belleville, New Jersey.

Konica Minolta Press Conference @ GRAPH EXPO 2010
Konica Minolta will hold a press conference on October 4 - starting at 11a CT - in Room S505A to review our award-winning technologies geared toward the Production Print marketplace.

GRAPH EXPO 2010 takes place at McCormick Place South in Chicago, Illinois from October 3 through October 6.  To schedule a personal tour of the Konica Minolta Booth (#2244), reserve a spot at the Konica Minolta Press Conference, and/or an executive interview, please contact Doreen Maciak at dmaciak@kmbs@konicaminolta.us.

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 2009, Konica Minolta was named Supplier of the Year by both the Allegra Network and the National Association of Quick Printers (NAQP), as well as received the Sales Support Award from Mail Boxes Etc., Inc.  For more information, please visit
www.CountOnKonicaMinolta.com and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

Konica Minolta Corporate Contact
Doreen Maciak
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
+1 978.969.1504  

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