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Staines, UK, December 12, 2006 – Konica Minolta Printing Solutions Europe has introduced its next-generation polymerised toner, Simitri HD.

A pioneer in the development of polymerised toner, Konica Minolta revolutionises toner technology with the launch of its high definition toner - boasting greater versatility, enhanced image output and an environmentally friendly production process.

Brilliant colour in the tiniest detail

Thanks to the fine and uniform shape of its toner particles, Simitri HD can print digital images with the finest of gradients, providing unsurpassed print quality compared to existing methods using pulverised toner. This also means that less toner is needed than before, making Simitri HD polymerised toner cost effective. Improved half tones provide more naturals prints for documents ranging from photographs to illustrations. Combined with the Konica Minolta colour management technology, an advanced colour matching system that includes PANTONE® tables to give consistent and accurate colour, the new Simitri HD polymerised toner offers the highest quality image output.

“Konica Minolta’s extensive research and development in high definition toner and improvements in the capabilities of its polymerised toner, strengthens its position as leading toner manufacturer. With the introduction of Simitri HD polymerised toner, Konica Minolta has brought the quality and versatility of in-house printing to a whole new level, which greatly reduces the need for costly outsourced printing.” said Hiroyuki Masuda, Manager Product Marketing EMEA. “Due to its innovative technology, the quality and durability of documentation printed in the office becomes of offset quality. Also, Simitri HD polymerised toner supports a wider range of media which gives businesses the increased flexibility and cost-effectiveness of printing commercial materials on-demand.”

Print quality that rivals offset printing

Simitri HD provides durable print quality that challenges offset printing. Through its unique ability to strengthen the bond of colour pigment particles, Simitri HD polymerised toner reduces the effect of chemical change and can withstand extended exposure to UV light, which dramatically improves fade resistance. A broader colour gamut gives a smooth dispersion of colour pigments. This enables a higher reproduction quality due to the wider range of colours available. Furthermore, Simitri HD polymerised toner provides the additional freedom of overprinting on pre-printed documents.

Lower temperature means less paper jams and energy consumption

Compared to the previous version, Simitri HD polymerised toner operates at a much lower temperature. This not only saves up to 15% more energy, but it also greatly reduces paper curling, a known cause of paper jams. Furthermore, it supports a wide variety of media from glossy to thick stock.

Environmental conservation in mind

Due to its technologically advanced manufacturing process, Simitri HD polymerised toner emits 40% less CO2, NOx, and SOx than conventional pulverised toners. The new Simitri HD polymerised toner cartridges are included in the Clean Planet Program (www.cleanplanet.com), the Konica Minolta return cartridge recycling program that encourages environmental conservation. As a result of the program, 99% of the cartridge mass is recycled.

Simitri HD polymerised toner will be available to use in future Konica Minolta colour laser printers. For more information on Simitri HD polymerised toner, please visit http://printer.konicaminolta.eu/simitrihd/

KONICA MINOLTA PRINTING SOLUTIONS EUROPE B.V.

Konica Minolta Printing Solutions Europe B.V. is an innovative developer, manufacturer and supplier of document printing solutions. The product line includes colour and monochrome laser printers, and associated supplies and accessories for general office, electronic publishing, graphics, design, advanced imaging and home office applications. Konica Minolta Printing Solutions Europe B.V. - with headquarters in Nieuwegein, The Netherlands - distributes its products through a broad network of e-commerce, retail, reseller and distribution partners.

For more information please contact:

Sarah Naxton
Marketing Communications Manager
Email: sarah.naxton@bpe.konicaminolta.co.uk
Web: www.konicaminoltaprinters.co.uk
Tel: +44 1784 44 22 55

Sally Forge or Annie Kasmai
Prompt Communications on behalf of Konica Minolta UK
Tel: 020 8996 1647 / Out of hours: 0785 44 99 538
Email: sforge@prompt-communications.com / akasmai@prompt-communications.com

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