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KYOCERA Mita America Earns Three Fall 2005 Pick of the Year Awards from Buyers Laboratory

KYOCERA products commended for superior performance and excellent value

FAIRFIELD, N.J. — November 29, 2005 — Kyocera Mita America, one of the world’s leading document imaging companies, today proudly announced that it has received three prominent awards from Buyers Laboratory Inc. (BLI), the leading independent office equipment test lab and business consumer advocate. BLI has awarded a Fall 2005 ‘Pick of the Year’ award to the Kyocera KM-1820, KM-6030 and the KM-8030 while conferring a ‘Highly Recommended’ rating on both the Kyocera KM-6030 and the Kyocera KM-8030, identifying each model as “Best in Class” in the entire industry.

"The KM-1820, KM-6030 and KM-8030 earned BLI ‘Pick of the Year’ awards because all three products clearly demonstrated superior performance as judged by our expert team of technical analysts and editors,” said Anthony Polifrone, BLI's managing director. “By earning top marks in each category evaluated, all three products are winners for their value, offering a robust feature set combined with a price that is the lowest for comparatively equipped models.”

Bestowed twice yearly, the ‘Pick of the Year’ awards acknowledge products that have given the best overall performances in BLI’s rigorous battery of laboratory tests. BLI tests each product in critical performance areas, including reliability, misfeed frequency, copy and print image quality, copy and print productivity and efficiency, ease of use and economy.

“Consistent productivity in the most demanding work environments is a requirement, not an option. We are proud that these Kyocera products have been chosen as the standard by which others should be measured,” said Peter Hendrick, vice president of marketing, Kyocera Mita America. “Recognition such as this from a well-respected business consumer advocate such as BLI demonstrates to customers that they do not have to compromise between performance and value when selecting an MFP.”

The Award Winners…

The KM-8030 is a high-speed monochrome MFP that delivers 80 crisp pages per minute and features industry a class leading standard 200-sheet dual scan document processor. This permits larger quantities of originals to be scanned from the same batch, an important time-saver in the busy office environments where this product excels.

BLI has also awarded a “Highly Recommended” rating on the KM-8030, commending the MFP as for its “strong performance,” noting that it earned an “excellent” rating in such categories as “reliability,” “applications compatibility,” “toner yield,” “cost per page” and “value.” BLI went on to note that the KM-8030 offers a “suggested retail price that is almost $10,000 lower than the average for comparably equipped units.”

The KM-6030, also a “Highly Recommended” product, is an MFP designed with the same combination of functionality and value that defines the KM-8030, though at a different output speed. BLI noted that “in addition to proving to be highly reliable,” the KM-6030 “earned good marks across the board – for multitasking, productivity and image quality, as well as for network connectivity aspects of performance.”

The KM-1820 is a monochrome multifunctional product (MFP) rated at 18 pages per minute. Perfect for small offices and workgroups, the KM-1820 offers robust color scanning capabilities and an optional fax system. In its ‘Pick of the Year’ evaluation, BLI noted that the KM-1820 was the “top performer” in the Segment 1 legal-size category, offering “impressive performance for a very low cost.”

About Buyers Laboratory
For over 40 years, Buyers Laboratory has been the leading independent office equipment test lab and business consumer advocate. In addition to publishing the industry's most comprehensive and accurate specifications and pricing coverage on office document imaging devices (copiers, printers, fax machines and MFPs) in its online database software and newsletters, BLI is highly regarded as being the leading provider of critical product evaluations with its Field and Lab Test Reports. While its Field Test Reports provide BLI's clients with pre-lab performance assessments when products are first introduced, the company's subsequent Lab Test Reports, each representing months of exhaustive hands-on testing in BLI's 10,000-square-foot lab, provide the industry's most extensive and accurate evaluations on document imaging devices. Each of BLI's unique resources is available through subscriptions to bliQ, the company's unique online competitive intelligence tool. Product specification coverage is also available in printed handbooks that are published twice per year.

About Kyocera Mita America, Inc.
Kyocera Mita America, Inc. (www.kyoceramita.com/us), headquartered in Fairfield, N.J., is a leading provider of computer-connectable peripherals, including network-ready digital copiers/printers, laser printers, color copiers/printers, digital laser facsimiles, and multifunctional and wide format imaging solutions. Kyocera Mita America 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 Mita America, the only document solutions company with third-party certified sales data, has earned numerous honors for its products’ high performance, reliability and cost efficiency. In 2005 alone, Kyocera Mita America earned the Industry Analyst award for the most reliable copiers and multifunctional printers (MFPs), BERTL’s Best Award for the most cost-efficient digital imaging product line, and BERTL’s Best Award in the category of Best Workflow Management Application for KYOcapture. Kyocera was named #1 Copier/Multifunctional Product in Overall Customer Satisfaction Among Business Users by J.D. Power and Associates 2005 Copier Customer Satisfaction StudySM*. Kyocera Corporation’s consolidated net revenues totaled $11 billion during the year ending on March 31, 2005.

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* J.D. Power and Associates 2005 Copier Customer Satisfaction StudySM. Study based on responses from 1,730-business decision makers. 16 major brands serving the U.S. market were included. For more information visit www.jdpower.com.


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