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Konica Minolta named a leader in the 2012 Worldwide Multifunction Printer (MFP) and Printer Report

Langenhagen/Germany, 2nd November, 2012

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe has placed in the Leaders’ Quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for MFPs and Printers Worldwide,1 according to Gartner, Inc..

By improving its sales activities and service capabilities, Konica Minolta has been able to provide enhanced print solutions and IT services. Furthermore the company is sharpening its focus on smart MFPs (SMFPs).

“To arrive in the leaders’ quadrant is great news for us”, comments Ken Osuga, President of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe. “We are sure to be on the right way with our business and product strategy. Now we have confirmation, that we successfully fulfilled the transforming to a comprehensive solution provider in the B2B sector with award-winning technologies, solutions, and support. We are confident to stand our ground as a global leader in the highly competitive MFP and printer marketplace even in the future.”

According to the report, “Gartner's Magic Quadrant for vendors of multifunction products and printers (MFPs) worldwide serves as a guide for midsize and large organizations to identify and evaluate technology providers that deliver MFP and printer products and services. Gartner customers are increasingly seeking providers who can match their global presence and become partners in helping them with their printing and document management needs.“

Morever, “in the past several years, the role and capabilities of the traditional MFPs have advanced and have become a more integral part of an organization´s IT environment. This changes some of the old purchasing criteria. For this purpose, providers of MPS and printer products that are capable of serving needs in the office and in onsite production space are focussed on this year’s Magic Quadrant. For this, print providers must be able to address major trends in the printer industry, such as A3 MFPs, account management and problem/service resolution issues, fleet management, monitoring and integration, security, cloud printing, and environmental impact.”

Konica Minolta has been able to achieve its global standing as a provider of an industry-leading product portfolio by growing its sales channel and making mergers and acquisitions in the IT services market.

By strengthening and increasing its sales activities and service capabilities, Konica Minolta has been able to provide more excellent print solutions and IT services. The company is sharpening its focus on smart MFPs (SMFPs), especially in reference to improving the user experience and developing application ecosystems. The new 9-inch colour screen touch-and-swipe INFO-Palette user interface resembles those interfaces used in tablets and smartphones.

Konica Minolta’s achievements have also been awarded a number of prizes. Earlier this year, Buyers Laboratory Inc. (BLI) honoured Konica Minolta with three Summer ‘Pick’ awards: The new 9-inch touch pad, which is integrated in the whole new Colour MFP lineup, received an award for Outstanding Achievement in Control Panel Design. Furthermore because of their impressive overall performance, including excellent reliability and some of the fastest tested copy, print, and scan speeds among competitors in their market sectors, the Konica Minolta bizhub C654 and bizhub C754 have earned Summer 2012 ‘Pick’ awards for Outstanding A3 Colour MFP in their respective speed ranges. In addition to the honours bestowed on the bizhub MFP devices, the Konica Minolta Unity Document Suite 7 earned a Summer 2012 ‘Pick’ award for Outstanding Desktop Document Imaging Suite.

1 Gartner, Inc. Magic Quadrant for MFPs and Printers, Worldwide, S. McNee, F. De Silva, Z. Shah, 24 October 2012.

 

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Contact Konica Minolta

Olaf Lorenz

Konica Minolta Business

Solutions Europe GmbH

Phone: +49 (0)511 7404-378

Olaf.Lorenz(at)konicaminolta.eu

 

Tanja Johannsen

CrossPR

Phone: +49 (0)172 52 31 699

johannsen(at)crosspr.de