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Toshiba Receives Top Honors from BTA

Maintaining its title as the most favored manufacturer serving the Business Technology Association (BTA) distribution channel, Toshiba America Business Solutions’ Electronic Imaging Division (TABS EID) was presented with four awards in BTA’s 2002 Channel’s Choice Awards program. The awards were presented June 10th at the association’s Business Technology Conference in Las Vegas.

Toshiba received the top award in the categories of Corporate Support, Product Line and Marketing Distribution Policy. It also received the award for Overall Superior Performance, an honor it has achieved in seven of the last eight years. Ricoh Corp. received the top award in the category of Digital-Connected Products.

“The Channel’s Choice program provides the association’s dealer/reseller members with a means of recognizing those vendors that are most supportive of the BTA channel,” said 2001-02 BTA President Robert Whiton, who presented the awards during the Welcome Reception at the conference. “Through the years, we’ve honored a number of deserving vendors for offering outstanding products and an exceptional level of performance and support. This year, however, is another banner year for Toshiba. We congratulate the company on its leadership in the industry and express our sincere thanks for its exceptional support of the BTA channel.”

The selection of Channel’s Choice Award winners is based on the balloting of dealer/reseller members who were asked to grade manufacturers/suppliers in the four performance categories. This year, the ballot was mailed to approximately 3,700 independent dealer/resellers.

TABS, an independent operating company of Toshiba Corp., manages product planning, marketing, sales, service support and distribution of network printing products, copiers, facsimile products, toner products, software and network controllers throughout the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. EID is one of four TABS operating divisions.
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Toshiba America Business Solutions Launch New Line Of Versatile And Affordable Copiers

Toshiba America Business Solutions (TABS) continues to strengthen the power of its e-STUDIO line with the recent launch of two new digital copiers that offer copying, printing and full-color scanning capabilities right out of the box. The e-STUDIO120 and 150 complete Toshiba’s breadth of products within the e-STUDIO line while delivering great value and functionality.

The e-STUDIO120 and 150 both feature Scan Once/Print Many and full-color scanning capabilities which allow for easy conversion of paper documents into electronic forms for paperless distribution or retrievable archives. Color scanning functions can be sent to five different settings linked to the “SCAN” button, including Scan-to File, Scan-to-e-mail, Scan-to-Fax, Scan-to-OCR and Scan-to-Word.

“We’re excited to bring consumers the best of multifunction capabilities right out of the box,” said Steve Rhorer, director, Product Marketing, TABS. “This product delivers on more than just superior image, it also offers great value and versatility for any home office or small workgroup.”

The e-STUDIO120 and 150 come standard with a 250-sheet single cassette and 50-sheet bypass tray with an optional second 250-sheet cassette and 30-sheet auto document feeder for flexible paper handling. Both copiers can accommodate a variety of media types including plain paper, letterhead, envelopes and film transparencies. Maximum monthly volume for both the 120 and 150 are 12,000 pages and 15,000 pages respectively and maximum resolutions of 600 dpi with a standard parallel GDI print driver. Additionally, both models deliver a first-copy-out time at 9.6 seconds and a warm-up time of only 30 seconds. Special features for both models include auto and manual exposure, toner saver mode, time out to auto clear, preheat and shut-off as well as manual and ADF exposure adjustments.

The e-STUDIO120 and 150 are compatible with major network operating systems, including Microsoft Windows 95, 98, 2000, Me, XP and Windows NT 4.0.
From: Ted Sent: 10/31/2002 7:03 PM

Maximum mo. volumes of 12,000 & 15,000? Kind of small don't you think? When Ricoh launches machines like this they start with machines that many firms can use. (i.e. 3800CMF). Now they are bringing out the little brother...the 1232. I bet the 1232 has a higher MMV than these. I'm not going to worry yet.
January 21, 2003 -
Toshiba America Business Solutions Acquires Hotz Business Solutions

Toshiba Reinforces Strategic Growth Plan With
Purchase of Leading Kansas City Office Equipment Dealer

IRVINE, Calif., (January 20, 2003) - Toshiba America Business
(TABS) today announced that it has acquired Hotz Business Solutions (HBS)
of Kansas City, Mo., a leading independent office equipment dealer in the
Kansas City market with five locations throughout the states of Missouri
and Kansas.
HBS, which currently does not sell Toshiba products and services, will
become part of Toshiba's TOPAC division, a network of acquired Toshiba
equipment dealers. In business for more than 66 years, HBS is the 15th
acquisition by TABS of a competitive line dealership to date. Former HBS
owner and president, R.D. Kerley, will remain within the company to
oversee business expansion, marketing and day-to-day operations.
In February 2002, TABS also acquired Connected Office Products, Inc.
(COPI) as a part of its plan to strengthen the TOPAC operation by
targeting large and independent competitive dealers in the top U.S.
markets. With the acquisition of HBS, TABS continues to successfully
advance its aggressive growth strategy through TOPAC, with revenues
expected to nearly triple in 2003.
"TABS is achieving tremendous growth through TOPAC despite the economic
downturn and its significant impact on the industry," said Rick Taylor,
senior vice president, Sales, Marketing, Business Operations, TABS. "The
addition of Hotz Business Solutions to the TOPAC network represents
another key milestone for TABS in its strategic growth and market
leadership initiatives. The company's solid heritage and reputation in
its local area, strong management team and aggressive business objectives
align with our TOPAC goals and will contribute greatly to our ongoing
Since its inception seven years ago, TOPAC has acquired 15 independent
dealers. There are currently nine existing subsidiaries in the network
with locations across the United States. The nine subsidiaries have more
than 50 offices with headquarters in Las Vegas, Nev.; Denver, Colo.;
Deerfield Beach, Fla.; Atlanta, Ga.; Louisville, Ky.; Detroit, Mich.;
Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Boston/Wilmington, Mass., and now Kansas City, Mo.
About HBS
Established in 1936, HBS specializes in the sales and service of copier,
facsimile, printer products and wide format engineering systems. HBS has
been named "Elite Office Dealer" six times, garnering three consecutive
designations in 1999, 2000 and 2001. In business for more than 66 years,
HBS offices include headquarters in Kansas City, Mo. with additional
locations in St. Joseph and Warrensburg, Mo., and Lawrence and Ottawa,
About Toshiba America Business Solutions
Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc. (TABS), manages product planning,
marketing, sales, service support and distribution of copiers, facsimiles,
multifunction printing products, network controllers and toner products
throughout the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TABS comprises four divisions: the
Electronic Imaging Division, Toner Products Division, Document Solutions
Engineering Division and TOPAC, a subsidiary which operates a network of
office equipment dealers.
Named the most favored manufacturer in seven of the past eight years by
the Business Technology Association (BTA), Toshiba's entire product line,
customer support and marketing distribution policies are a marker for the
industry. Among the many other awards garnered in recent years, Toshiba
was named the "Copier Manufacturer of the Year" by the Marketing Research
Consultants (MRC) in 1997, 1998, 2001 and 2002 and received the CIO Web
Business award for its leading edge intranet site in 1998, 1999 and 2000.
TABS is an independent operating company of Toshiba Corp., the fifth
largest electronics/electrical equipment company and the world's 77th
largest company in terms of sales. Toshiba Corporation is a world leader
in high technology products with more than 300 major subsidiaries and
affiliates worldwide. Fiscal year revenue in 2001 was approximately $41
For more information on Toshiba copier, facsimile and printer products, or
for a local dealer, call 1-800-GO-TOSHIBA or visit the TABS Web site at
either or
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