Konica Minolta Repeats as MFP Color Manufacturer of the Year According to "The Cannata Report"

The Cannata Report, a Marketing Research Consultants, Inc. publication, has named Konica Minolta the "MFP Color Manufacturer of the Year".


RAMSEY, N.J. - June 22, 2006 - Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) today announced that for the second year in a row, The Cannata Report, a Marketing Research Consultants, Inc. publication, has named Konica Minolta the "MFP Color Manufacturer of the Year".

The "MFP Color Manufacturer of the Year" award is bestowed on the manufacturer that provides the best overall sales and service support in the industry as determined by the 367 dealers who participated in the report's 21st Annual Dealer Survey. Manufacturers are rated on communication skills, competitive products, and programs that enable the independent copier dealer to achieve a high degree of success in a very competitive marketplace.

"Over the course of the last three years, as evidenced in our annual dealer surveys, independent dealers have expressed an increasing appreciation of the color products as manufactured by Konica Minolta.  In our most recent effort they outpaced all the competition, by a wide margin.  We offer our congratulations to the entire organization for the manufacture and sale of a leading edge line of color MFP's," said Frank G. Cannata President of Marketing Research Consultants, Inc.

"We are honored to be selected by the independent dealer community as MFP Color Manufacturer for 2005.  To receive this recognition, for the second year in a row, is an achievement our entire organization holds in the highest regard, said William H. Brewster, Jr., Vice President, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, U.S.A., Inc.  "2005 was an excellent year for Konica Minolta as we introduced an extensive bizhub lineup representing our commitment to develop a complete roster of color products that meet the diverse needs of small- to medium-sized offices, high-volume corporate settings, and production print environments."

About Marketing Research Consultants, Inc.
Founded in 1979, Marketing Research Consultants, Inc. (MRC) was established by Frank G. Cannata to provide guidance and counseling to the office products industry. Frank Cannata is noted for his analytical skills, on-target predictions, and current management information pertaining to the office products industry. MRC offers two publication services: The Cannata Report® and LiveWire®. The Cannata Report is a monthly management report aimed at the office equipment reseller, and LiveWire is a facsimile or email-transmitted office technology news service, which is event-driven.

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 cost-effective. 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 www.kmbs.konicaminolta.us.


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