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KYOCERA Mita America Earns Evergreen Award From the U.S. General Services Administration

KYOCERA Honored for Contribution to Recycling, Energy Conservation and Environmental Waste Reduction

FAIRFIELD, N.J. — January 30, 2006 — Kyocera Mita America, one of the world’s leading document imaging companies, today announced it won the 2005 Evergreen Award from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) under the Technologies and Electronics Industry category. The eighth annual award recognizes Kyocera’s commitment to support the federal community with printers, multifunctional products (MFPs) and other energy-efficient devices that conserve resources while also achieving a greater environmental performance as a company.

Kyocera’s commitment to environmental protection works to minimize the negative impact of products in the areas of material usage, hazardous material content, recycled content, and energy use. The design and manufacture of all products are based on ECOSYS® Technology, representing models that are environmentally friendly, economical to run and have a superior system technology. In addition, Kyocera’s positive environmental activities include:

· ISO 14001 certified production plants
· Green Purchasing Policy that evaluates the practices of all suppliers to ensure eco-friendly parts
· Utilization of lead-free solder on printed circuit boards
· 50% reduction in packaging by transitioning from Styrofoam (EPS) space cushions to fiberboard
· ENERGY STAR® compliant products that reduce energy usages while maintaining reliability

GSA’s National Furniture Center created the Evergreen Award in 1998 as a way to support the 1998 Executive Order 13101, which requires federal agencies to increase their usage of recycled products. GSA developed the award to recognize efforts in recycling, affirmative procurement and waste reduction that can set an example for other business partners.

“Our ECOSYS printer technology reflects our continued dedication to environmental preservation and sustainability,” said Kevin Flood, vice president of national and government accounts at Kyocera Mita America. “We are proud to be honored by the GSA for our commitment to helping to reduce environmental waste.”

Kyocera’s ECOSYS cartridge-free printer technology virtually eliminates the need to replace the print drum and other cartridge components, which is typically performed many times over the life of a conventional printer. ECOSYS printers feature a durable imaging system based on Kyocera's patented amorphous silicon print drum (a-Si), a combination of ceramic and metal. With a surface that is second only to diamond in hardness, Kyocera's durable print drum is guaranteed up to 300,000 pages on the FS-3800 Series and up to 500,000 pages on the FS-9500 Series. Tiny ceramic particles embedded in Kyocera's toner continually polish and recondition the drum during normal printing.

About U.S. General Services Administration
GSA is a centralized federal procurement and property management agency created by Congress to improve government efficiency and help federal agencies better serve the public. GSA provides federal agencies with office space, equipment, telecommunications, information technology, supplies, and services. GSA supports U.S. federal civilian and military activities around the world, providing products and services to sailors, soldiers, airman, and marines in support of their global missions. Comprised of 13,000 associates, GSA also provides services and solutions for the office operations of over one million federal workers located in more than 8,000 government-owned and leased buildings in 2,000 U.S. communities. GSA’s inter-agency fleet operates more than 25,000 alternative fuel vehicles that run on ethanol, methanol, natural gas and electricity.

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. Kyocera Corporation’s consolidated net revenues totaled $11 billion during the year ending on March 31, 2005.

Kyocera Mita America: Awards and Recognition
Kyocera has earned numerous honors and distinctions for its products’ high performance, reliability and cost efficiency along with superior customer service. Kyocera was named “#1 Copier/Multifunctional Product in Overall Customer Satisfaction Among Business Users” by J.D. Power and Associates in their 2005 Copier Customer Satisfaction Study.SM 2 In additional, Buyers Laboratory Inc. awarded both a Fall “Pick of the Year” Award and “Highly Recommended” distinction to the KM-1820, KM-6030, and KM-8030. Kyocera printers and copiers/multifunctional products (MFPs) have also been recognized by Industry Analysts for outstanding reliability. Kyocera has also been honored with a BERTL’s Best Award for the most cost-efficient digital imaging product line as well as a 4-star “Highly Recommended” Award for the KM-8030.


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