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Konica Minolta SA boosts productivity for small to mid-sized businesses with new colour MFPs

Bidvest company, Konica Minolta South Africa has launched the next wave of colour multifunctional printers (MFPs) in its bizhub product line.

This comes shortly after the company was announced as the number one local supplier of MFPs for the first half of 2009, holding 19 percent of the overall South African market. The industry sales survey undertaken by market data specialist, InfoSource, has also ranked Konica Minolta South Africa as top of the colour segment with a market share of 30 percent, as well as first in the light production segment, which includes both black & white and colour devices, with 37 percent of the market.

"Despite the survey figures confirming the considerable slowdown in the market, showing the number of unit sales across segments dropping six percent from the first half of 2008 to the second half and another 20 percent since then, we are extremely pleased with these results and remain as determined as ever to offer customers quality products that can add value to their businesses," says Andrew Griffith, product manager for office products at Konica Minolta South Africa.

The new colour systems, which include the bizhub C452, bizhub C360, bizhub C280, and bizhub C220 are designed to meet the diverse needs of small to mid-sized office workgroups, both for colour as well as black & white environments, from end-users needing occasional colour for graphic output requirements to those that mainly generate monochrome output.

With their robust and efficient productivity features, they can handle a heavy workload and offer the same functionality at different speeds, ranging from 45 pages per minute (ppm) to 22 ppm.

These full colour MFPs offer specific tools for art professionals such as unique Pantone colours, advanced queue management and Fiery support for broader and more specific colour requirements. By delivering the same productivity as a black & white device, the new office systems are an ideal replacement for current monochrome users seeking an efficient, high quality replacement to transition to colour output.

"Businesses requiring a versatile MFP can rely on our newest colour systems to deliver not only high impact colour, but also the flexibility to handle a variety of output needs," explains Griffith. "Thanks to our Emperon Print System, end-users can count on achieving excellent image quality as well as compatibility with multiple environments that will easily meet the diverse needs of today’s ever-changing workplace."

Fast colour and cost effective black & white output, industry leading warm up time and first copy time are just a few of the features that make these devices stand out. Furthermore, they are designed to protect the environment with Konica Minolta’s Simitri HD colour polymerised toner, Energy Star compliancy, low operating noise, low emissions, lower temperature fusing for less power consumption and easily recyclable toner and plastic parts.

For total flexibility, users can leverage Bluetooth wireless printing, a standard-front panel USB connector for conveniently saving files to and printing from a USB thumb drive, USB memory printing with document preview and the ability to import/export files via USB memory to and from individual user boxes.

The user profile for the new bizhub colour MFPs includes a diverse target list, from a management team interested in an innovative product as the catalyst for increased office productivity and creativity, to organisations looking to maintain a sophisticated look and feel in their office will enjoy having one of the new MFPs in their workplace.

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