Konica Minolta ends 2012 ahead of the competition

| 16 March 2013

According to an industry sales survey by market data specialist infoSource, Bidvest company, Konica Minolta South Africa, has successfully held onto its title as the number one supplier of multifunctional printers (MFPs) in Southern Africa, holding more than a 20 percent share of the market in 2012.

Whilst its total market share grew from 18.9 percent in 2011 to 20.3 percent in 2012, the company’s share of the colour market also grew year-on-year from 22.2 percent to an incredible 25.3 percent.  The share of the black & white market was also up from 17.7 percent in 2011 to 18.4 percent in 2012, which is significant as this is typically considered a mature market within the industry.

Marianna Gdanis, business unit manager at Konica Minolta South Africa, explains that these increases are due to the company’s sophisticated bizhub devices that provide the best value for money for medium to large businesses in Southern Africa.  

“The breadth of the bizhub line and its ability to provide quality products suitable for a variety of customer needs, from low-volume to high-volume, has reinforced its strong legacy and brand reputation in the market.  Plus, our continuous focus on customer satisfaction has paid off.”

“Our company’s relentless dedication to innovation makes the brand stand out from the rest of its competition.  We are the first manufacturer to offer biometric authentication on its MFPs, and the bizhub Extended Solution Technology (bEST), enables integration of Konica Minolta devices with a range of software applications to help automate and streamline workflow and control costs,” says Gdanis.
Earlier this year Konica Minolta Business Technologies won Buyers Laboratory LLC's (BLI's) most coveted award - A3 MFP (multi-function printers) Line of the Year Award - for the third consecutive year. “In the 26-year history of the award, Konica Minolta is one of the only two brands to win the award three years in a row, and it sets the precedence as the only brand to do so in the past decade,” adds Gdanis.

“The company is extremely pleased with these results, and highly regards the efforts and hard work from all employees. Today’s printer market is a neck-and-neck race, so holding onto the title as the number one supplier of MFPs in Southern Africa is a major accomplishment, and demonstrates that we are not becoming complacent, nor resting on our laurels.”

“Konica Minolta South Africa is continuously investigating more areas in which it can add efficiency to businesses and enhance their working environments. Our clients can remain confident that they are dealing with the leaders in both colour and black & white technology,” she concludes.

Konica Minolta South Africa, wholly owned by the Bidvest Group, stands at the forefront of business solution providers as the principal importer and distributor of the innovative and award winning Konica Minolta range of bizhub digital multi-functional colour and black & white devices, laser printers, fax machines and business solutions, into South Africa as well as Namibia, Malawi, Botswana and Swaziland. Konica Minolta South Africa's head office is based in Johannesburg and its distribution network is supported by 17 branches and 49 dealerships. With an operational stance of consultative business partnering, the group provides clients with holistic document management solutions: through pre-sales analysis, audits to sales, installation, on-going onsite technical and software management as well as the supply of spare parts and consumables.

Konica Minolta SA: Ritchi Smith, 0800 bizhub, ritchis@kmsa.com

icomm: Debbie Sielemann, +27 (0) 82 414 4633, debbie@pr.co.zawww.icomm-pr.co.za