Konica Minolta to Display bizhub C650 Series at 2008 Hokkaido Toyako Summit

bizhub C650 Series to be Part of Prestigious Environmental Showcase during Summit; and Konica Minolta Announces 'Level 2 Zero Emissions' Achievement in Japan


bizhub C650 Series to be Part of Prestigious Environmental Showcase during Summit

Konica Minolta Achieves 'Level 2 Zero Emissions' in Japan

Ramsey, N.J. – July 7, 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 their parent company – Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. – will be showcasing the   bizhub C650 Series and its energy conservation fusing technology at the  Hokkaido Toyako Summit’s Environmental Showcase.  The showcase takes place from July 5-10, 2008 and Konica Minolta’s demonstration will be held within the International Media Center.

During this year’s   Hokkaido Toyako Summit, world leaders will meet to discuss the world economy, environmental concerns, African development and other international issues.  The participating countries in this year’s Hokkaido Toyako Summit include Japan, the United States of America, Canada, the French Republic, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Republic of Italy, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain, and Northern Ireland and the European Union.

The Environmental Showcase is a part of efforts by the Japanese government to exhibit the most cutting-edge environmental technologies during the G8 summit.  Media and press from all over the world will have a chance to look at Japan’s latest environmental technologies. 

The bizhubTM C650 Series, a part of the Environmental Showcase, is an award-winning color office system that provides workgroups a true black-and-white replacement multifunctional product (MFP) –  without sacrificing black and white print speed or requiring a premium price.  Additionally, the bizhub C650 series features various energy saving qualities including SimitriTM HD color polymerized toner, induction heating fusing technology, lesser power consumption and reduction of C02 emissions.  For these energy saving features, the bizhub C650 and   bizhub C550 were given a  highly prestigious energy conservation award from Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in March 2008.  The award – known officially as the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy Director-General's Award – is international validation that Konica Minolta continues to produce MFPs and printers that reduce environmental impact.

“Konica Minolta is committed to make our products environmentally friendly during the manufacturing process, distribution and ultimately the use of our printers and MFPs," said Kevin P. Kern, vice president, marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.  "Our entire organization is honored the bizhub C650 will be featured as one of Japan’s leading environmentally conscious products at the  Hokkaido Toyako Summit’s Environmental Showcase.”

Konica Minolta Achieves 'Level 2 Zero Emissions' in Japan

In another leading green effort, the Konica Minolta Group recently announced that it has achieved "Level 2 zero emissions" at all of its 15 production bases in Japan. 

The Konica Minolta Group is lightening its environmental impact and cutting down on the amount of waste that it produces by setting a goal of reducing its total waste disposal at all sites by 20% in fiscal 2010 compared to the fiscal 2000 level. To achieve this goal, the Group is promoting zero waste campaigns at production bases to minimize landfill waste through recycling. The criteria, which Konica Minolta categorizes as either Level 1* or Level 2** are implemented at each base. Level 1 calls for the reduction of landfill waste by recycling. After reaching Level 1, the production base aims to meet Level 2 per unit of sales. In Japan, all sites met the standards for reducing the volume of waste requisite criteria for Level 1 in fiscal 2006. Six more sites reached Level 2 during fiscal 2007, attaining the Level 2 zero waste goal at all Japanese production bases. In China, three bases had achieved Level 1 by fiscal 2007.

By pursuing its zero waste initiatives, Konica Minolta succeeded in reducing emission of waste globally by 23% in fiscal 2007compared to the fiscal 2000 level.

Due to future expansion of production, increased generation of waste is expected to be an issue, but the Group's initial goal remains unchanged: it will pursue further waste reduction. Zero waste activities will be implemented at production bases in the U.S., France, and Malaysia with the aim of achieving Level 1 in fiscal 2008 and Level 2 in fiscal 2009 at all production bases.

As a trusted worldwide organization, Konica Minolta will continue to improve corporate value by strengthening our global participation, not only economically, but from social and environmental aspects.  Konica Minolta's zero waste activities reflect the organization’s commitment to minimizing waste destined for landfill disposal, by promoting waste recycling.  The Konica Minolta Group believes it is essential to give proper consideration to real-world economics while reliably implementing risk management, so as to steadily continue our zero waste activities.

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
PR@kmbs.konicaminolta.us

Konica Minolta Media Contact
Doreen Maciak
Lois Paul and Partners
+1 781.782.5761
doreen_maciak@lpp.com


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*  Level 1 zero waste criteria:
Recycling rate must be 90% or higher; final disposal rate should be 5% or lower (including secondary residue); cost reduction is achieved by a gain on sales of recycled materials and/or the cost saving effects resulting from such measures, in excess of the total recycling cost paid to outside parties.

**  Level 2 zero waste criteria:
Volume of waste discharged externally must be reduced by 30% per unit of sales (compared to the benchmark fisscal year).

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