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Milton Keynes UK, 22 October 2007

Konica Minolta Business Solutions is extending its next-generation bizhub range of multifunctionals with the launch of three new entry-level and mid market models - the bizhub C203, C253 and C353. All have the striking new-look bizhub livery and offer a choice of 20, 25 or 35 page per minute output in colour or black-and-white.

Konica Minolta is marketing this latest generation of bizhub colour multifunctionals for both colour centric and mono centric office environments. This means customers can upgrade to the bizhub C203, C253 and C353 without paying a premium on black and white output, while getting the versatility of a true colour multifunction system.

The bizhub C203, C253 and C353 have network printer, copier and network scanner functionality as standard with a Super G3 fax module option. In common with all bizhub systems the new bizhubs use Konica Minolta’s open platform (OP) architecture and features the latest embedded Emperon image controller. This provides a unified driver for the print and scan functions, as well as straightforward network integration. The image controller supports PCL6c and PostScript Level 3 printing as standard.

For easy operation of functions by all users, the bizhub design includes a full colour 8.5-inch display, with a touch screen that can be both rotated and tilted to suit a desired position. The screen also features thumbnails of each job in the user box for easy document identification and rerouting. A distinctive ‘Info Line’ runs the length and width of the three multifunctional bizhubs with LEDs showing operating status including paper levels, engine status and data processing at a glance.

To meet the demand from customers for duplex (double-sided) printing for economy and environmental conservation, the three new bizhubs have an Auto Duplex setting and will print double sided A4 pages in colour at full speed. To ensure economic use of paper, Auto Duplexing can be set as a default setting, which can only be overridden by authorised users.

The new bizhubs have a range of access control features to prevent unauthorised users accessing functions such as colour, scanning and single sided printing. These include standard user authentication by user name and PIN as well as the option of a super-fast biometric finger vein authentication scanner (which is ten times more accurate than finger print recognition technologies), or a contactless user card swipe facility compatible with cards from Mifare (Type A) and LEGIC.

Paper up to 256gsm can be fed from all the trays including Auto Duplex copy or print. Standard paper supply is 500 sheets up to A3 plus, 500 sheets up to A3+FB, with a 150 sheet by-pass facility, giving a total capacity of 1,150 sheets. The by-pass can feed paper up to 271gsm. Capacity can be optionally upgraded to a maximum 3,650 A4 sheets with a large capacity cabinet.

The new bizhubs offer flexibility of output with banner and poster print facilities. Banners for promotional use up to 1,200mm (approximately 4 feet) in length and 297mm wide can be printed in colour. Posters can also be generated by splitting the image over several printed pages, for example a twice A0 poster can be made up from 16 A3 sheets.

For fast scanning the new bizhubs feature slit scan technology that can scan originals at the rate of up to 70 colour or mono sheets per minute at 300 dpi resolution. For customers using archiving software this allows high speed and accurate scanning of documents. Document scans can also be sent externally via email, to an FTP server or to a user’s personal folder on their desktop.

Quality output is assured because the new bizhubs use Konica Minolta’s patented Simitri® HD Polymerised Toner with smaller, smoother, more uniform toner particles for more even distribution, significantly better fine line definition, and better solid fills.

The bizhub C203, C253 and C353 are available with a range of high productivity finishing options including sorting, stapling and saddle stitching, as well as four hole punching capabilities.

For Konica Minolta Business Solutions, John Howard, Head of UK Marketing said of the new launches, “With the introduction of the bizhub C203, C253 and C353 we complete the next generation bizhub line-up of colour multifunctionals. Based on sales of the higher speed bizhubs already launched, the C203, C253 and C353 will sell in volume cementing Konica Minolta’s position as the number one supplier of true colour multifunctionals. Our pricing strategy means the new generation of colour bizhubs will be straight replacements for black-and-white copier-printers”.

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About Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd

Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd markets business machines manufactured by Konica Minolta Business Technologies Inc, in the United Kingdom through a direct sales force and a network of independent dealerships. Konica Minolta digital imaging systems are manufactured in Japan and China. All are ISO9002 accredited for quality procedures.

UK turnover for Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd is in excess of £120 million, placing the company fifth in the digital copier market with a 8.6 per cent share of the black and white market and a market leading 34.9 per cent share of the colour market (not including colour capable systems) according to Infosource.

With a total workforce of 19,800 employees world wide, Konica Minolta Business Technologies generated net sales of over £3.15 billion in fiscal 2005/2006. Globally Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. has a turnover £6.1 billion. Building on its strong core of optical technologies developed over many years, Konica Minolta Business Technologies aims to be a corporation offering products and services that are essential to all areas of digital imaging.

Suggested picture caption: Konica Minolta Business Solutions is extending its next-generation bizhub range of multifunctionals with the launch of three new entry-level and mid market models - the bizhub C203, C253 and C353.

Images for all Konica Minolta products can be obtained from: www.konicaminolta-images.com

For further information contact:

John Howard
Head of Marketing
Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd
Tel: 01908 200400
Fax: 08701 321751
E-mail: John.Howard@bs.konicaminolta.co.uk
Web: www.konicaminolta.co.uk

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