Tokyo (March 13, 2013) - Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Konica Minolta) is pleased to announce that Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) *1, the leading global provider of information and testing services to the digital imaging industry, chose Konica Minolta as the winner of its most coveted award, 2013 "Line of the Year" in the A3 MFP*2 segment for the third consecutive year.

BLI's "Line of the Year" is a prestigious award, given once a year to the manufacturer, whose product line is determined to be the best in its category, based on the various cumulative test results conducted for all models in BLI's rigorous laboratory evaluation.

In the last year, Konica Minolta's bizhub series won 12 MFP "Pick*3" awards in the MFP category, more than any other manufacturer, and its outstanding performance was recognized in 2013 with the "A3 MFP Line of the Year" award.

Pick of the Year awarded to bizhub series (A3)*4
Color MFPs bizhub C364, bizhub C454, bizhub C554, bizhub C654, bizhub C754
Monochrome MFPs bizhub 223, bizhub 283, bizhub 363, bizhub 423, bizhub 552, bizhub 652, bizhub 751

Konica Minolta products received comprehensive high marks from the BLI rigorous laboratory evaluation tests in key areas that mattered most to end users - reliability, ease of use, productivity and durability. In addition, MFPs have been highly recognized for its superiority of achieving the quickest single and double-sided scan, high performance in document output test such as print quality and output consistency. Also Konica Minolta was praised as a manufacturer that always provides innovative products, being the first manufacturer to introduce biometric authentication in 2007 amongst industry, as well as with the new offering of intuitive electrostatic touch panel for bizhub series.

Konica Minolta is committed to continue offering valuable products or solutions that fulfill the customer needs, thereby contributing to enhancement of customer satisfaction and corporate value under our communication message of "Giving Shape to Ideas."

*1:Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) is the world's leading independent provider of analytical information and services to the digital imaging and document management industry. For over 50 years, buyers have relied on BLI to help them differentiate products' strengths and weaknesses and make the best purchasing decisions, while industry sales, marketing and product professionals have turned to BLI for insightful competitive intelligence and valued guidance on product development, competitive positioning and sales channel and market-ing support.
*2:Multi-functional Peripherals (Versatile computer peripherals with various functions such as faxing, printing, scanning, as well as copying.) *3:Twice yearly, BLI's experienced editorial and test technician teams review all of the equipment they've evaluated during the previous six months and present the prestigious "Pick of the Year" award to the devices that they determine are the "best of the best." *4:Some products may not be available in all areas.
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