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

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe has again been placed in the leaders’ quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for MFPs and Printers Worldwide,* according to Gartner, Inc. This was achieved through improved sales activities, service capabilities and a clear focus on its smarter Multi-Functional Device strategy. Meaning it is now able to provide enhanced print solutions and IT services.

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

Gartner's Magic Quadrant for vendors of multifunction products and printers (MFPs) worldwide serves as a guide for midsize and large organisations 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. In the past several years, the role and capabilities of the traditional MFPs have advanced and have become a more integral part of an organisation´s IT environment. This changes some of the old purchasing criteria. For this purpose, providers of Managed Print Solutions (MPS) and printer products that are capable of serving needs in the office and in onsite production space are the focus of this year’s Magic Quadrant. For this, MPS providers must be able to address major trends in the print and document management industry, such as A3 MFPs, account management and service resolution issues, fleet management, monitoring and integration, security, cloud printing, and environmental impact.

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 into the whole new Colour MFP line up, 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.

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