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Jun 20, 2012
Konica Minolta Honored with BLI’s First PRO Award for Color Production Model
Press release- Mississauga, ON-April 30, 2012 - - Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada), Ltd. (Konica Minolta), a leading provider of advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop, today announced that industry analysts Buyers Laboratory Inc. (BLI) has named Konica Minolta as the winner of its first annual PRO Awards acknowledging the best-in-class production print devices. BLI’s inaugural 2012 award was presented today to Konica Minolta for the bizhub PRESS C7000 in the color light-production category.

“In the highly competitive and complex world of production print, choosing the most suitable device for your workflow is a tough task,” said David Sweetnam, head of European Research and Lab Services for BLI. “BLI’s comprehensive production test suite makes the task easier by revealing how these devices actually perform in real-world workflows, which is often a far cry from what a vendor’s brochure might lead you to believe.”

The bizhub PRESS C7000 (with the IC-306 EFI Fiery controller), was tested during its 33,121-impression evaluation. “The new image quality technology added to the bizhub PRESS C7000 has certainly paid great dividends,” said Sweetnam. “In fact, this device is the first production unit tested ever to receive BLI’s five-star rating for color consistency, with no peak Delta E drift of more than 3.0 in 12 corporate logo colors over 1,000-page print runs of BLI’s test document on coated or uncoated media. Solid density was also impressively consistent, with very low density variance when printing BLI’s 100% solid-coverage test suite. Fine lines and text, too, were reproduced at a very high-quality level even in default mode.”

“As always, we are gratified to receive recognition from BLI for the performance of our technologies, and receiving a newly established award for the award-winning bizhub PRESS C7000 is even more exciting,” said Boris Kluck, Senior Director of Marketing Operations for Konica Minolta. “Recognizing only the best production devices in such categories as image quality, color consistency, productivity and ease of use, the BLI award for ‘Outstanding Color Light Production Device’ exemplifies how customers can count on Konica Minolta for market-leading performance and productivity from all our solutions.”

About Konica Minolta Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd. delivers an award-winning portfolio of digital printing technologies and Business Intelligence Services for print professionals and graphic communications firms of any size. In the past two years, Konica Minolta has been recognized as a leading supplier by the Allegra Network, International Center for Entrepreneurial Development (ICED), Mail Boxes Etc., Inc., and National Association of Quick Printers (NAQP). Konica Minolta's innovative bizhub PRESS C8000 is the first digital press to receive the G7 Digital Press Certification from the IDEAlliance¨.
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