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Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada), Ltd.
Date Posted: April 15, 2009

KONICA MINOLTA FIRST MFP MANUFACTURER AND DISTRIBUTOR
AWARDED NEW ECOLOGO CERTIFICATION

Konica Minolta Continues Its Commitment to Provide Environmentally-Sound Products

Mississauga, ON – April 15, 2009 – 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 they are the first manufacturer and distributor of multifunction devices (MFPs) in North America to receive EcoLogo's newest office products certification (CCD-035) - based on EcoLogo's latest and very stringent environmentally-friendly requirements.

Konica Minolta is a worldwide technology leader with a global perspective on protecting the environment. With over 30,000 employees in 40 countries, Konica Minolta aims to combine sustainable development and profitable growth by integrating environmental, economic, and social perspectives into business practices.

"We're pleased to be the first manufacturer of MFPs to earn EcoLogo certification and think it speaks well to Konica Minolta's commitment to our environment", says Grant Hume, Executive Vice-President of Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd. "Not only does our office equipment provide exceptional print quality and reliability – our EcoLogo certification, and resulting end-of-life recycling program, assure our customers we can help them reduce their business carbon footprint while they continue to receive the products, solutions, and services most suited to their needs," he adds.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions constantly strives to develop new ways to reduce environmental impact, save energy, reduce waste, and promote recycling. Recent developments include:

  • Simitri® HD Toner, exclusive to Konica Minolta and used in all bizhub® multifunctional products, has smaller and more uniform particles that improve detail and definition while reducing toner consumption by more than 30%.
  • Fusing units that provide faster warm-up time and lower energy consumption allowing applicable models to consume 30-40% less energy as compared to previous-generation models.
  • Sophisticated toner recycling system automatically collects, recycles, and re-uses toner not fused to paper during the printing process. This system increases efficiency while reducing operating costs on Konica Minolta's B&W multifunctional peripherals.
  • All Konica Minolta toner bottles are made of HDPE, or High Density Polyethylene identified by the Society of Plastics Industry (SPI) as one of the two types of plastic that can be recycled most economically. Additionally, 25% of the plastic used in toner bottles comes from recycled plastic and 100% of the recycled plastic used is made from post-consumer waste.
  • Based on Europe's Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS), which came into effect in 2006, Konica Minolta has eliminated the following hazardous substances from all our MFPs and printers: lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, and two types of polybromic fire retardants (PBB and BPDE).

"We are thrilled that Konica Minolta's office machines have met the EcoLogo standards under the new office machine category. In being awarded EcoLogo certification, Konica Minolta continues to have its long-time commitment to environmentally-preferable products recognized by a credible, third party," says Scot Case, Executive Director of the EcoLogo Program.

The following Konica Minolta bizhub MFPs have met or exceed the EcoLogo standards: bizhub 200, bizhub 250, bizhub 350, bizhub 361, bizhub 421, bizhub 501, bizhub C203, bizhub C253, bizhub C353, bizhub C353P, bizhub C451, bizhub C550, and bizhub C650.

About EcoLogo™

EcoLogo is a third-party eco-labelling program approved by the Global Ecolabelling Network, an international association of eco-labelling programs, as meeting the ISO 14024 standard. EcoLogo was established in 1988 and today is one of the most recognizable eco-labels in North America. For more information, visit www.ecologo.org.

About Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd.

Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd. delivers world-class service through its extensive network of direct sales offices and authorized dealers throughout Canada. Konica Minolta is a leader in advanced imaging and networking technologies bringing together advances in security, print quality, and network integration via its award-winning line of bizhub® multifunction products (MFPs); bizhub® PRO production printing systems; magicolor® desktop colour-laser printers and all-in-ones; and pagepro™ monochrome desktop laser printers and all-in-ones. Konica Minolta also provides advanced solutions and software applications for device administration, document management, forms and variable data, cost accounting, print production, and more.

For more information, please visit Konica Minolta at www.konicaminolta.ca/business
Learn more about Konica Minolta's bizhub line-up of products at www.allyouneedishub.com
For more information about Konica Minolta's environmental initiatives visit www.konicaminolta.ca/environment