Konica Minolta Receives 2012 "A3 MFP Line of the Year" Award and Inaugural "Document Imaging Solutions Line of the Year" Award from BLI

Outstanding Performance of bizhub MFPs and Depth of Solutions Portfolio Earns Annual Awards from Leading Industry Analysts

Outstanding Performance of bizhub MFPs and Depth of Solutions Portfolio Earns Annual Awards from Leading Industry Analysts

Ramsey, NJ - January 26, 2012 - Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) today announced that Buyers Laboratory LLC. (BLI) has named Konica Minolta 2012 "Line of the Year" award winner in the A3/Ledger MFP segment for the company's award-winning line of bizhub® Color and Monochrome Multifunctional Products (MFPs - print, copy, fax, and scan all in one system). Additionally, Konica Minolta has been recognized with BLI's first ever "Document Imaging Solutions Line of the Year" Award.

This is Konica Minolta's second consecutive year winning BLI's most coveted award—A3 MFP Line of the Year. This award is given once a year to the OEM whose product line is determined to be the best overall in its category based on the cumulative test results of all models tested in BLI's rigorous two-month laboratory evaluation. By assessing reliability, image quality, ease of use, productivity and a range of other criteria, the tests reveal the products that deliver customers the best value and most trouble-free performance. Also considered is the breadth of the vendor's line and the vendor's ability to provide quality products suitable to a broad spectrum of customer needs, from low-volume to high-volume.

"The Konica Minolta line continues to impress, currently including 14 A3 'Pick' winners—more than any other MFP vendor," said George Mikolay, senior product editor, A3/Copier MFPs. "Moreover, reliability—buyers' number one concern—is a differentiator for Konica Minolta's A3 product line across the board, both color and black and white. "

"It's a remarkable achievement that among all 14 'Pick' winners, not a single malfunction occurred," said BLI Managing Editor Daria Hoffman, pointing out that the only service required was for routine scheduled preventive maintenance. "When all currently tested A3 models are considered, Konica Minolta has the best reliability record of all eligible vendors, proving that it offers the quality buyers consider more important than any other."

BLI editors also selected Konica Minolta for the first-ever Solutions Line of the Year award based on the company's exceptional solutions portfolio across a broad range of document imaging software categories.
To determine the winner, BLI considered the imaging software each leading printer and MFP OEM officially sells and supports via its direct and independent sales channels. Both first-party products and those from third-party ISVs (independent software vendors) were taken into account in categories including Document Management/ECM, Document Capture & Workflow, Accounting/Cost Control & Recovery, Print Management, Device Management, Security Software and others. Moreover, only those solutions submitted to BLI's lab for evaluation figured into the OEMs' overall ranking—ensuring that the award is based on actual hands-on evaluation of the offerings in the portfolio.

"Earning BLI's 'Solutions Line of the Year' award is no easy feat, and it was a hard-fought competition with several leading OEMs in close contention," explained Jamie Bsales, senior product editor, solutions, at BLI. "Ultimately, it was Konica Minolta's standout portfolio and reseller relationships with class-leading ISVs in key product categories that put it over the top."

"Expanding the bizhub product line and further building on our complementary solution technology is one of the most important initiatives at Konica Minolta as we continue to address the growing needs of our customer base. The "Line of the Year" awards from BLI are further proof our ongoing success in these key areas, particularly the first-ever solutions "Line of the Year" award," said Kevin Kern, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. "Customers of all sizes can count on Konica Minolta for the award-winning technology and document management solutions they expect. Moving into 2012, we look forward to introducing more exceptional products, solutions and services to the industry that address the evolving needs of our customers."

About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. delivers an award-winning portfolio of document management technologies and Business Intelligence Services for print environments of any size and scope including enterprise customers, small- to medium-sized businesses, and key vertical markets. For the fourth consecutive year, Konica Minolta was recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys. Buyers Laboratory Inc. (BLI) has named Konica Minolta 2011 "Line of the Year" award winner for the company's award-winning line of bizhub Color and Monochrome Multifunctional Products. For more information, please visit www.CountOnKonicaMinolta.com and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

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