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Konica Minolta Wins the "Eco Mark Award 2012" Bronze Prize


     
     
     

Tokyo, January 11, 2013. The bizhub C654/C554/C454/C364/C284/C224 - comprehensive environmental footprint reduction initiatives implemented throughout colour MFPs' product life cycle.

Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Konica Minolta BT) today announced that the company is awarded with 'Eco Mark Award 2012' Bronze Prize by the Japan Environmental Association.

Established in 2010, Eco Mark Award honours the best efforts for promoting environmentally-friendly products such as Eco Mark certified products, helping consumers make environmentally- conscious choice of products and contributing to sustainable society through corporations' efforts to improve environmental performance.

Konica Minolta BT is awarded Eco Mark Award 2012 Bronze Prize for environmental footprint reduction initiatives throughout the life cycle of its colour MFPs (multi-functional peripherals) bizhub C series (including C754, C654 and C554). This is the first time that an MFP manufacturer is awarded Bronze Prize. The award ceremony is scheduled on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 during Eco Mark Communication Forum at Tokyo Women's Plaza.

Recognizing its potential to make a contribution to the solution of environmental problems by developing innovative technologies that lead to improved environmental performance, the Konica Minolta Group set its long-term environmental vision, 'Eco Vision 2050,' which looks all the way out to the 2050, and the Medium-Term Environmental Plan 2015, which established major objectives and specific goals to be implemented by the target year of fiscal 2015. The Group has committed itself to the 'Three Green Activities,' consisting of 'Green Products Certification System,' 'Green Factory Certification System,' and 'Green Marketing Activities,' that will help it reach these goals.

At the start of the product planning of the bizhub C series, Konica Minolta BT made it mandatory to obtain certification of Eco Mark and other environmental certification labels across the world. In addition, the bizhub C754/654/C554/C454/C364/C284/C224 have been certified as 'Green Products Plus (GPplus)' that achieve the industry's top environmental performance in Konica Minolta's own Green Products Certification System. Aiming to achieve higher environmental performance, Konica Minolta BT has been heavily investing in research and development.

For example, power consumption levels have decreased by achieving fixation at a lower temperature through improvement of the polymerized toner used in earlier models and improving the heat generation efficiency of fixing heaters using induction heating technology. Konica Minolta BT has also developed, for the first time in the industry, a recycled plastic by evenly mixing recycled PET* and recycled PC** to create a material that has the required strength and fire-retardant properties to meet safety standards and can be mold injected. This recycled plastic was first used in the bizhub C754 and C654 MFPs, followed by other models. Recycled PET is made from recovered and recycled plastic drinking bottles, and recycled PC is made from recovered and recycled one-gallon jugs from water coolers. The new recycled plastic material makes effective use of existing resources.

At the factory in China, where these colour MFPs are manufactured, a company-wide project team was assembled to re-evaluate the environmental initiatives the factory had in place. They implemented various measures, including reviewing the production area layout to improve operating efficiency, installing highly-efficient light fixtures, and introducing reusable cartons for use in packaging procured parts and components. The factory received Level 1 Green Factory certification in November 2011.

Under the Communication Message 'Giving Shape to Ideas,' Konica Minolta BT is willing to share challenges its customers face and contribute to the solutions through innovative ideas and actions. Reduction in environmental footprint has been a global challenge and an important theme for Konica Minolta BT's businesses. The company is determined to drive technological breakthroughs, acquire Eco Mark and other environmental labels and further improve customer satisfaction in environmentally- friendly products.

The awards ceremony for the Eco Mark Awards was held on February 6, and was attended by President Yamana, who received a commemorative trophy. Mr Yamazaki, director of the Environment Division, participated in the presentation session along with representatives of the award-winning companies.

For more information on the Eco Mark, please visit:
http://www.ecomark.jp/english/index.html

For more information on green initiatives from Konica Minolta, please visit:
http://www.biz.konicaminolta.com/environment/index.html

KMBT was awarded the Eco Mark Award 2012 Bronze Prize for its efforts to reduce environmental impact throughout the life cycle of the bizhub Colour series colour MFPs (including C754/C654/C554).

 

About Konica Minolta Business Solutions (M) Sdn. Bhd.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions (M) Sdn. Bhd, based in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc., Tokyo, Japan. The company delivers services and distributes systems and solutions that fulfill all the requirements of the entire document life cycle for clients in the office and production printing area. Konica Minolta┬┤s Optimized Print Services (OPS) concept combines consultancy, hardware, software implementation, and service operation in order to enhance business process efficiency and cost effectiveness. Its product range extends from color and monochrome multifunctional and production printing systems, to laser printers and all-in-ones, and to management software that integrates devices seamlessly into work processes and IT environments. To support customers optimally with powerful and sustainable solutions, technology leader Konica Minolta continuously invests in research and development work and regularly sets new standards.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions (M) Sdn. Bhd is represented by 14 branches and has one of the widest network coverage for MFP/PP business.

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Contact
Jennifer Lam
Marketing Dept
Konica Minolta Business Solutions (M) Sdn. Bhd. Phone: 603-7801 2611
marketing.1@konicaminolta.com

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