News Releases

8/30/2000

Hitachi Koki Imaging Solutions Launches the Hitachi Digital Reseller Network

Aug 30, 2000 12:47 PM

With full support from Hitachi, new reseller network meets the growing needs of dealers

Simi Valley, Calif. (August 30, 2000) – Hitachi Koki Imaging Solutions, Inc. (HiKIS), one of the world’s leading providers of printing devices, today announced the formation of the Hitachi Digital Reseller Network. The move towards unbridled support of resellers marks a delineation in the industry with unprecedented budgetary support and corporate commitment to program growth.

The Hitachi Digital Reseller Network is a national network delivering the HiKIS DDC-series Digital Document Copiers and DDS-series Digital Document Server printers to small- to mid-size dealers in the United States and includes sales support, online dealer support, customer service and technical assistance.

"Hitachi Koki Imaging Solutions is pleased to be the first significant vendor to fully endorse a distribution program such as the Hitachi Digital Reseller Network, " said Mike Stramaglio, president and COO of Hitachi Koki Imaging Solutions Inc. "I have great confidence that this program will be a great success now and in the years ahead."

"The driving force in creating the Hitachi Digital Reseller Network is to empower our resellers with the proper support they need to capitalize on the industry’s paradigm shift from analog to digital copiers and printers," said Stramaglio. Hitachi Authorized Digital Resellers – which includes dealers, wholesalers and VARs – in the Hitachi Digital Reseller Network will receive the following support:

• Comprehensive marketing support including national advertising and customized literature

• Financial support including options such as end user leasing and floor planning

• National service support ranging from factory authorized training seminars to advanced warranty parts exchange programs

"Often times dealers are kept at arms length, but the network has been given complete support from Hitachi to equip dealers with the tools needed to bolster their sales," said Tom Kattmann, president of All American Distributors in St. Petersburg, Fla., and a member of the Hitachi Digital Reseller Network.

Exclusive distributor members of the Hitachi Digital Reseller Network are All American Distributors (877-926-7437); Base, Inc. (203-830-2498); iDeal Business Solutions (905-770- 4438); International Digital Solutions (888-940-2679); Rank 1 International, Inc. (770-451-8600); and Wright Moore (800-947-2679). Within a year, the Hitachi Digital Reseller Network plans to have 200 Hitachi Authorized Digital Resellers across the country.

About Hitachi Koki Imaging Solutions, Inc.

Founded in 1962, HiKIS (formerly known as Dataproducts Corporation) is recognized worldwide for its innovations in printing solutions. HiKIS is a subsidiary of Hitachi Koki Co. Ltd., one of the world’s most advanced print engine manufacturers, and part of the $75 billion Hitachi Group of companies. The HiKIS/Hitachi Koki team combines world-class print engines, print controllers, software technology and imaging supplies to make it a global leader in the development and manufacturing of the most powerful, yet easy-to-use, digital network printers.

Hitachi, Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is one of the world’s leading global electronics companies with fiscal 1999 (ended March 31, 2000) consolidated sales of $75.5 billion. The company manufactures and markets a wide range of products, including computers, semiconductors, consumer products and power and industrial equipment. For more information on Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Koki Imaging Solutions, Inc., or the Hitachi Digital Reseller Network, please visit Hitachi’s website at www.hitachi.co.jp or call 805-578-4000.

For Media/Investor Inquiries, please contact:

Gerard F. Corbett
Hitachi America, Ltd.
Vice President
Corp. Communications Group
Tel:(650) 244-7900
Fax: (650) 244-7920
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Erica Rogers
The Lipphardt Agency
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Bill Melo
Vice President of International Marketing
0 Hitachi Koki Imaging Solutions, Inc.
Tel: (805) 578-4371
bmelo@hitachi-hkis.com

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