Konica Minolta Acquires VAR

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The printer vendor has purchased Hughes-Calihan, a Phoenix-based solution provider

Printer vendor Konica Minolta Business Solutions has acquired Hughes-Calihan, a full-service document and information management solutions provider.

The deal, for an undisclosed sum will see Phoenix-based Hughes-Calihan operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta and maintain its 250 employees. The solution provider, which has been a Konica reseller since 1993, currently services Arizona, Nevada, and California's Imperial Valley.

"Our goal is to implement a multi-faceted growth strategy that encompasses organic growth with direct KMBS offices, value-based partnerships with dealer-partners and acquisition where there is clear value for the customer and the company," Jun Haraguchi, president and CEO of Konica Minolta Business Solutions said in a statement."

The printer vendor has also today signed a partnership with Danka Business Systems that will enable Danka to sell Konica Minolta products in the United States.

Under the terms of the agreement, which is due to start in early 2008, Danka will sell the complete line of Bizhub color printers and network-ready multifunctional products and network printers. Danka also works with Canon, HP, Toshiba and Kodak in the printing arena.
Sara Driscoll began her journalism career at 16 years old on her local newspaper, The Watford Observer. Working part time, she covered a range of beats. Leaving to complete her Journalism Degree at Bournemouth University, UK, Sara then went on to graduate and work for Emap. She began as a reporter on APR, Emap's construction title, being promoted to senior reporter with a year.Sara then joined VNU Business Publications as Deputy News Editor on CRN, the weekly trade title for channel players. She covered industry/business news from vendors, distributors and resellers, product announcements, partner announcements as well as market and trend analysis, research and in depth articles to predict up and coming trends in the sector. She was promoted within a year to News Editor, a year later to Deputy Editor and the following year became Editor. Sara remained editor of CRN for three years, launching the magazine on new platforms including CRN TV and eBooks, as well as several magazine and web site redesigns. She was called on for expert industry comment from various publications including appearing on live BBC news programs. Sara joined Ziff Davis Enterprise as Editor of eWeek Channel Insider. She runs the title in all formats – online up to the minute news, newsletters, emails alerts and events. She also manages the brand of Channel Insider in all formats - events, shows, awards, panel debates and roundtables.Sara can be reached at:sara.driscoll@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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