*NEWS*K.MINOLTA:MANUFACTURE OF THE YEAR

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*NEWS*K.MINOLTA:MANUFACTURE OF THE YEAR

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    Konica Minolta Repeats As MFP Color Manufacturer Of The Year
    Konica
    Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) today
    announced that for the second year in a row, The Cannata Report , a
    Marketing Research Consultants, Inc. publication, has named Konica
    Minolta the �MFP Color Manufacturer of the Year�.The �MFP Color
    Manufacturer of the Year� award is bestowed on the manufacturer that
    provides the best overall sales and service support in the industry as
    determined by the 367 dealers who participated in the report�s 21st
    Annual Dealer Survey. Manufacturers are rated on communication skills,
    competitive products, and programs that enable the independent copier
    dealer to achieve a high degree of success in a very competitive
    marketplace.”Over the course of the last three years, as evidenced in
    our annual dealer surveys, independent dealers have expressed an
    increasing appreciation of the color products as manufactured by Konica
    Minolta. In our most recent effort they outpaced all the competition,
    by a wide margin. We offer our congratulations to the entire
    organization for the manufacture and sale of a leading edge line of
    color MFP’s,” said Frank G. Cannata, President of Marketing Research
    Consultants, Inc.”We are honored to be selected by the independent
    dealer community as MFP Color Manufacturer for 2005. To receive this
    recognition, for the second year in a row, is an achievement our entire
    organization holds in the highest regard, said William H. Brewster,
    Jr., Vice President, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions,
    U.S.A., Inc. �2005 was an excellent year for Konica Minolta as we
    introduced an extensive bizhub lineup representing our commitment to
    develop a complete roster of color products that meet the diverse needs
    of small- to medium-sized offices, high-volume corporate settings, and
    production print environments.�
    Konica Minolta Earns Top Market Share Position In Key U.S. Color Copier/MFP Segments
    RAMSEY,
    NJ – June 19, 2006 – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
    (Konica Minolta) achieved the 2005 top U.S. market share position for
    color copier/flatbed MFP sales across Segments 1-4 – color devices
    ranging from 11-69 pages per minute – according to Gartner ( Web Site 
    Related Articles  Google)’s Printers Quarterly Statistics, United
    States, May 20, 2006; up from the number 2 position in 2004. Konica
    Minolta believes the accomplishment is all the more significant in that
    Konica Minolta does not have a product that competes in Segment 1; and
    overall share gains came through increases in shipments in Segments 2
    to 4.
    Konica Minolta’s market share across Segments 1-4 was 21%, and
    their closest competitor had 19% of the market share. Konica Minolta
    market share position results in color copier/flatbed MFP Segments 2-4
    are as follows:
    A. Segment 2 (21-30 ppm) Number 1 22.2% market share
    B. Segment 3 (31-40 ppm) Number 2 25.9% market share
    C. Segment 4 (41-69 ppm) Number 1 51.8% market share
    Most Extensive Color Lineup to Date
    Over
    the course of 2005, Konica Minolta introduced an extensive color
    lineup, including the 25 ppm bizhub C250/C250P, the 35 ppm bizhub C351,
    and the 45 ppm bizhub C450/C450P, as well as the 50 ppm bizhub PRO
    C500. With the 2006 introductions of the 35 ppm bizhub C352, and 30 ppm
    bizhub C300, the color lineup represents Konica Minolta’s commitment to
    develop a complete roster of color products that meet the diverse needs
    of small- to medium-sized offices, high-volume corporate settings, and
    production print environments.
    2005: A Year of Significant Accomplishments
    In
    addition to vaulting to the number one position in color MFP market
    share in Segments 1-4, where the company saw an increase in unit growth
    of 61% over 2004, other highlights of Konica Minolta’s accomplishments
    in 2005 include:
    1. U.S. revenue increased 9.2 %, beating industry trends by a substantial margin
    2. Unification of the product line under the bizhub and bizhub PRO brand
    3. Named by Buyers Laboratory, Inc. (BLI) as Product Line of the Year for 2005
    4. bizhub PRO 1050 named MFP of the Year for 2005 by BLI
    5.
    Named MFP Color Manufacturer of the Year by The Cannata Report 6.
    Numerous individual product awards from BERTL and Better Buys for
    Business
    Konica Minolta Breaks New Ground in Monochrome Production Print
    “At
    the beginning of 2005, we announced our plans to become number one in
    color and the value leader in the industry, with the commitment of
    resources – people and technology – to make our goals a reality,” said
    William H. Brewster, Jr., Vice President, Marketing, Konica Minolta
    Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. “Last year we also set our sights on
    leveraging both the success of the bizhub PRO 1050, named MFP of the
    Year by BLI, and the launch of the 92 ppm bizhub PRO 920, to expand our
    presence in the production print market. I am pleased to report that we
    exceeded our expectations in 2005, achieving a 15.3% market share in
    Segment 6, coming from last place to third, and marked by an impressive
    3,926% growth in unit shipments compared to 2004.”According to
    Brewster, the latest market share numbers prove the power of the
    growing bizhub brand. “The technology behind our bizhub color and
    production print product lines makes it easy for our customers to
    connect from anywhere, to effectively communicate through quality
    business documents, and to control their workflow,” he said. “With this
    innovative technology, combined with our commitment to sales, training
    and building awareness for the bizhub brand, we fully expect to
    continue to grow our market presence in the year ahead.”