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Konica Minolta and EFI Deliver New, Advanced Fiery Server for Production Print Environments

Press release from the issuing company

RAMSEY, N.J. & FOSTER CITY, Calif.--Sept. 1, 2005-- Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc., the world leader in digital imaging and print management solutions for commercial and enterprise printing, today announced the availability of the newest, most advanced Fiery server for the bizhub PRO C500. The unique modularity of the powerful Fiery IP-901 External Image Controller makes the 50-ppm bizhub PRO C500 an ideal solution in every production print environment: commercial print, light production, corporate reprographic departments, graphics-intensive (graphic arts, creative services, prepress/proof) and print for pay environments. The newly enhanced Fiery IP-901 is the latest result of the successful, long-standing Konica Minolta-EFI relationship. Konica Minolta customers deploying Fiery technology experience seamless integration with other EFI-based products, including the industry's leading web-to-print solution, Digital StoreFront(TM), which recently won the 2005 BERTL's Best Innovation Award, and the MicroPress ProSeries 7.0 production print workflow solution. "Our bizhub PRO C500 customers in high volume environments ranging from commercial print to graphics-intensive offices have realized tremendous value with the Fiery server's superior color and productivity," said Kevin P. Kern, vice president, product planning and development, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. "EFI's modular approach with the Fiery server enables us to offer the ideal solution for every bizhub PRO C500 customer -- and we are pleased to now offer the even greater efficiency, quality and reliability capabilities EFI has developed for the IP-901 External Image Controller." "At 12 million users worldwide, Fiery is the undisputed market leader, and we believe that's because we constantly deliver valuable innovation that helps printers move their business forward," said Frank Mallozzi, vice president of worldwide sales and marketing, EFI. "For Konica Minolta bizhub PRO C500 customers, we have advanced the IP-901's flexible, WYSIWIG workflow and now offer the printing optimizing capabilities of the new Fiery Production Printing Package to enable the absolute fastest output of the most complex documents."

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