Latest-Generation Fiery Server Drives New Konica Minolta High-End Production Class System

Konica Minolta Features Industry-Leading Fiery for New 65ppm Color
bizhub PRO C6500 System for Demanding Production Environments at On Demand


Konica Minolta Features Industry-Leading Fiery for New 65ppm Color
bizhub PRO C6500 System for Demanding Production
Environments at On Demand

On Demand - Philadelphia - May 16, 2006 - Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) and EFI (Nasdaq: EFII), the world leader in digital controllers, superwide format printers and inks, and print management solutions, announced today that the Fiery® IC-303, the industry-leading Fiery controller designed for the 65 ppm color Konica Minolta bizhub PRO C6500, and Fiery integration with the EFI MicroPress ProSeries will be featured in the Konica Minolta On Demand Booth #2125. The new Fiery-driven bizhub PRO C6500 is designed to meet the needs of demanding production environments, including commercial print shops, graphic communications firms and in-house printing operations.

The Fiery IC-303 server delivers the precision color, industry-leading VDP (variable data printing) workflow, WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) imposition, consistent high quality output and workflow innovation for which EFI Fiery technology is renowned - as standard features as well as options, enabling customers to customize their ideal solution. Based on the newest Fiery digital controller technology, Fiery IC-303 features professional tools for "extreme" users, including: the Production Printing Package, a set of advanced production management tools that optimize the Fiery's power to deliver the fastest output in the most demanding print production; and the Graphic Arts Package, Premium Edition, which immediately integrates into high-end workflow systems and enables Graphic Arts professionals to produce the ultimate in quality color from the bizhub PRO C6500.

EFI solutions comply with JDF, PDF, PPML and other open standards, including passing the Altona Test Suite, ensuring that the Fiery IC-303 faithfully reproduces the most complex color design and layout. The Fiery server features inherent connectivity to the award-winning EFI Digital StoreFront™ for job submission over the web, MicroPress ProSeries for powerful digital prepress and color and B&W workflow management, EFI Print MIS solutions for optimal print shop management, EFI Balance for B&W and color production management, and connectivity to most popular pre-press applications.

"We are confident that the combination of bizhub PRO C6500 and EFI Fiery provides our customers with the performance they need to meet their daily challenges," said Kevin P. Kern, vice president, product planning and development, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. The bizhub PRO C6500 represents the latest development of Konica Minolta in the production printing segment and further extends the successful, awardwinning bizhub PRO range, and the integration with other innovative EFI solutions ensures that the Fiery-driven Konica Minolta system is a key element of a hybrid offset and digital environment."

"More than 14 million Fiery users worldwide depend on Fiery technology for precision color, consistent high quality output and workflow innovation," adds Mehran Farimani, senior vice president and general manager, Fiery products, EFI. "On Demand attendees visiting the Konica Minolta booth will see demonstrations that showcase the Fiery as the ideal server solution for the new bizhub PRO C6500, enabling users to maximize its capabilities."

EFI solutions designed for Konica Minolta systems will be shown at Konica Minolta On Demand Booth #2125 and are available through Konica Minolta North American direct sales, authorized dealer and value-added reseller channels.

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 costeffective.  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.

About EFI
EFI (www.efi.com
) is the world leader in digital controllers, superwide format printers and inks, and commercial and enterprise print management solutions. EFI's award-winning solutions, integrated from creation to print, deliver increased performance, cost savings and productivity. The company's robust product portfolio includes Fiery® color print servers; superwide digital inkjet printers, UV and solvent inks; print production workflow and management information software; and corporate printing solutions. EFI maintains 23 offices worldwide.

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