Konica Minolta Business Technologies Inc. (Konica Minolta) has been presented Buyers Laboratory Inc.’s (BLI) award “Line of the Year” for 2014, becoming the first company in history to receive this award for four consecutive years. Konica Minolta also won four individual device awards following BLI Pick of the Year Awards for the bizhub C364e, bizhub C454e, bizhub 554e and the Mono Printer for Mid-Size Workgroups bizhub 4700P.
Each year, Buyers Lab, the world’s leading provider of information and testing services to the document-imaging industry, awards the vendor whose product line is best, based on an extensive list of criteria. Konica Minolta impressed the judges across all areas – reliability, image quality, ease of use and productivity.
“To be awarded the A3 Line of the Year for the fourth time in a row is an extraordinary honor for us. This prestigious award fills us with pride and is confirmation for our continuous efforts to enable our customers’ businesses. With the development of new top-class products as well as offering future-proof software and services, we –our customers and Konica Minolta together – are well positioned for continued growth”, says Abdullah Hamayoon, Marketing Manager, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Middle East FZE.
The assessment considers criteria such as the breadth of the vendor’s line and its ability to provide quality products suitable to a broad spectrum of customer needs, from low-volume to high-volume.
“What it boils down to with Konica Minolta is consistency,” said George Mikolay, BLI’s senior product editor for A3/Copier MFPs.
“Whereas competing lines may stand out in certain speed bands, or in either color or black, Konica Minolta’s engines stand out across the board – in reliability, ease of use and image quality – in virtually all speed bands in both color and black. No other vendor brings the same quality of performance across its product line to the same degree.”
BLI Managing Editor Daria Hoffman underlines: “What Konica Minolta has achieved with a fourth consecutive Line of the Year win is unprecedented. The fact that year after year Konica Minolta continues to surpass the competition is a testament to the sustained quality of its A3 line.”
Reliability has proven to be the quality most important to buyers, and Konica Minolta’s product line has proven to be top of the class in this regard. Its current A3 products have logged more than 1.5 million impressions in BLI’s lab with consistently reliable performance.