Konica Minolta bizhub® PRESS Ranks Highest Among Leading Competitors in Head to Head Quality Comparisons

Solidifying its premiere position within the industry, test runs from the cost-effective Konica Minolta digital presses consistently scored at or near the top

Ramsey, NJ – September 14, 2015 - Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), a leader in the Graphic Communications industry, announced the measured results of data directly comparing leading manufacturers in image quality and color, ranking them above all of their competitors. Image Test Labs (ITL), the leading think tank in imaging science, measured the quality over the last twelve months from a vast population of digital presses globally, concluding that Konica Minolta attributes surpassed the quality of high priced devices.

Solidifying its premiere position within the industry, test runs from the cost-effective Konica Minolta digital presses consistently scored at or near the top. This clearly debunks the myth that commercial printers need expensive solutions to produce high quality printing. ITL conducted independent evaluations at commercial printing plants, collecting empirical data from press runs in production environments, not from a manufacturer’s R&D facility or lab.

Of the entire sheet fed toner digital presses that ITL graded, including both liquid and dry toner products from six different leading manufacturers, 75% of the Konica Minolta graded presses are in the top 10%. The Konica Minolta bizhub®  PRESS line holds the dominant position for printed color image performance. This performance was measured against a large international database of ITL press grades from presses run in real printing production environments.

“Konica Minolta is thrilled with the results and will continue to work with Henry (Freedman) and ITL to exceed our customer’s expectations.” says Kevin Kern, senior vice president, Konica Minolta U.S.A., Inc.  “The fact that this study goes well beyond a typical laboratory validation demonstrates our commitment to delivering the highest quality at an affordable cost and keeps us ahead of our competitors.”

"Image Test Labs pioneered a new printed image evaluation process that is independent, evenhanded and authoritative,” says Henry Freedman, Principal Developer, Image Test Labs. “Image Test Lab’s patent pending process is used by the majority of manufacturers producing all types of printing presses in the graphic arts. Our greatest contribution is a new way to measure and report printed imagery that is both comprehensive and extremely easy to understand using typical proven school A, B and C-etc. methods understood by all.”

Image Test Labs grade individual machines and deliver a report card with those grades including where they rank against presses in the same classification, e.g. sheet fed digital, wide format, inkjet web, etc. The non-published reports are only shared with the customer.

Konica Minolta will openly share the head-to-head comparisons at Booth #1913 during Graph Expo, including testing details. The results show Konica Minolta digital presses clearly exceed color and image quality compared to other digital presses in similar class. In specific head-to-head comparisons of a Konica

Minolta bizhub® PRESS C1100 vs. leading competitors, Konica Minolta wins.

The white paper is found here: https://kmbs.konicaminolta.us/wps/wcm/connect/3339c395-62e2-4655-adcc-a978c4c56c45/FINAL_Graph+Expo+White+Paper.pdf?MOD=AJPERES

Image Test Labs website: www.imagetestlabs.com

About Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is a leader in information management focused on enterprise content, technology optimization and cloud services. Our portfolio of offerings deliver solutions to improve our customers’ speed to market, manage technology costs, and facilitate the sharing of information to increase productivity. The All Covered IT Services division offers a range of  IT strategy, support, project and cloud computing solutions across all verticals. Konica Minolta has won numerous awards and recognition, including placement in the Leaders Quadrant on the Gartner 2014 Magic Quadrant for Managed Print Services (MPS) and Managed Content Services (MCS). Konica Minolta has been recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys for eight consecutive years. Konica Minolta, Inc. has also been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for three years in a row. For more information, please visit: www.kmbs.konicaminolta.us and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter @konicaminoltaus.

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Press Contact:

Kristina Marchitto, Public Relations Manager

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.

+1 201.236.4399


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