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Kyocera Mita Receives "“Pick of the Year"” Honors from Buyers Laboratory, Inc. for Digital Imaging Systems

KM-2530 and KM-4530 Receive Top Honors for Superior Performance, Exceptional Reliability and Lower than Average Per Page Costs

Fairfield, New Jersey – September 4, 2003 - Kyocera Mita, one of the world's leading document imaging companies, announced today it has been awarded two 2003 “Pick of the Year” honors by Buyers Laboratory Inc. (BLI), an independent research and product testing organization.

Kyocera Mita received two “Pick of the Year” Awards in the following product segments:


    Kyocera Mita KM-2530 with Print/Scan System N – Outstanding Segment 2 Multifunctional Imaging System 2003


    Kyocera Mita KM-4530 with Print System Q – Outstanding Segment 4 Multifunctional Imaging System (41 to 55 ppm), 2003


BLI puts every product in their lab through a comprehensive evaluation – known as one of the most extensive in the industry. All units are subjected to a three-month in-house test, which covers a multitude of critical performance areas, including reliability, misfeed frequency, copy and print image quality, copy and print productivity and efficiency, ease of use and economy, as well as feedback to workstations, administrative utilities, print drivers and multi-tasking capabilities.

According to Buyers Laboratory, the KM-2530 is a highly productive and reliable unit. It combined an excellent overall performance in BLI’s tests with lower-than-average suggested retail pricing and a per-page cost for toner that is the lowest for Segment 2 units and less than half the average. The KM-2530 also earned BLI’s highest image quality rating for all types of output evaluated in both copy and print modes.

The KM-4530 is among the top Segment 4 models tested this past year. It received high marks in reliability and economy, and is further distinguished from competing products in its excellent multi-tasking capability, which allows up to ten jobs to reside on the device at one time.

Additionally, the KM-4530 completed BLI’s three-month, 262,500 impression test with no service calls of any kind and not a single misfeed – a record that had not been achieved by any other Segment 4 unit in the last three years.

BLI also evaluates each unit’s ability to handle multiple jobs in a networked environment by running several job matrixes on each device with various software programs, paper sizes, copy/print job sizes and copy/print modes. Additionally, BLI assesses and evaluates network print management software utilities, feedback to workstation users, network installation, print driver layout and compatibility with a variety of popular software programs.

Kyocera Mita is one of the world's largest manufacturers and leading providers of computer-connectable peripherals, including network-ready digital copiers/printers, laser printers, color copiers/printers, digital laser facsimiles, multi-functional and wide format imaging solutions. Kyocera Mita is a group company of Kyocera Corporation, the world's leading developer and manufacturer of advanced ceramics and associated products, including telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages and electronic components. Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net revenues totaled $9.0 billion during the year ended March 31, 2002. Kyocera Mita's headquarters for the Americas are in Fairfield, New Jersey.

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