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Konica Minolta SA boasts the most colour experts

Yunus Docrat, a branch technician at Bidvest company, Konica Minolta South Africa, is the fourth South African to receive the highest certification of Konica Minolta Business Technologies’ professional education, the Diploma in Color, joining the expert rank of a total of only seven Asia Pacific achievers of this qualification.

The sought-after qualification has been described as second to none in its design and scope in the entire printing market. It provides its receivers with the competencies to meet the digital world’s demand for reliable services and expert consultancy in standardised results and colour output.

Docrat, a production supervisor with five years experience in desktop publishing, is also the first branch technician to qualify and says that studying towards the diploma has changed both his view of- and previous experience of working with colour.

“I have gained much knowledge and expert skills during my time preparing for the diploma. The result is that customers will benefit from highly consistent print quality and clearly defined quality standards through sophisticated colour manipulation. In addition, issues that would ordinarily have taken me a few days to troubleshoot can now be resolved in just a few minutes, allowing customers’ downtime to be at a minimum, thus not affecting their workload output,” says Docrat.

“Fact is, the qualification has already helped me through some tricky colour situations. I have also been able to transfer some of the knowledge gained to the customer by showing them the correct workflows within their environments thus achieving their correct outputs more quickly and efficiently.”

More than 100 online exams have to be taken to reach certification level, such as Outward Associate, Professional, Expert Colour, Master of Colour and an additional Expert level. Once these exams are completed, the candidate is invited to Japan for the practical three-day exam. To the future applicants of the Color Diploma, Docrat has these encouraging words “Study well. Be prepared. Know everything from the DTP applications to the Fiery Controller.”

Says Alan Griffith, Konica Minolta South Africa MD: “We are immensely proud of Yunus and with now four Diploma in Colour recipients on board, South Africa is taking the lead in the colour expert rankings in the Asia Pacific region. Our clients embracing digital colour printing can thus be confident that they are dealing with the leaders in colour technology.”

Konica Minolta South Africa, wholly owned by the Bidvest Group, stands at the forefront of business solution providers as the principal importer and distributor of the innovative and award winning Konica Minolta range of bizhub digital multi-functional colour and black & white devices, laser printers, fax machines and business solutions, into South Africa as well as Namibia, Malawi, Botswana and Swaziland. Konica Minolta South Africa's head office is based in Johannesburg and 14 branches and 43 dealerships support its distribution network. With an operational stance of consultative business partnering, the group provides clients with holistic document management solutions: through pre-sales analysis, audits to sales, installation, ongoing onsite technical and software management as well as the supply of spare parts and consumables.

Konica Minolta SA: Ritchi Smith, 0800 bizhub,
icomm: Debbie Sielemann, +27 (0) 82 414 4633,,


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