Toshiba Receives Highest Overall Rating and the Most First Place Ratings

IRVINE , California   ( Dec 15, 2005 ) :

Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. (TABS) today announced that its multifunction products (MFPs) have achieved the highest Overall Rating in the Office Products Analyst’s (OPA) Annual End User Multifunctional Product Survey. The survey rates office equipment manufacturers on overall performance and effectiveness in a number of categories. Toshiba MFPs also received the most first place ratings among the categories surveyed.

This year’s survey was based on data compiled from 175 businesses operating a collective 291 MFPs throughout the United States. The categories surveyed included Total Cost of Ownership, Maintenance, Operability, Functionality, Functions and Workstation/Network Compatibility. These categories were divided into several sub-categories, of which TABS ranked first in seven sub-categories, more than any other manufacturer, including Affordability, Ease of Operator Maintenance, Full Service Maintenance Agreement, Cost Per Page, Image Quality, Paper Capacity and Photocopier Capability.

“We are extremely pleased with our results in this year’s OPA End User Multifunctional Product Survey,” said Kay Fernandez, director, Product Marketing for TABS. “Receiving feedback from our end user customer is extremely important as we continually strive to develop products that meet our customers’ needs and exceed their expectations. These survey results validate our efforts and confirm that our e-STUDIO MFPs are some of the highest quality output devices on the market today.”

“We congratulate TABS on this tremendous achievement,” said Andy Slawetsky, vice president, Industry Analysts. “Based on the results of our study, anyone in the market for an MFP should consider a Toshiba device.”

About Office Products Analyst

The Office Products Analyst is the longest running, continuously published publication that focuses exclusively on the office automation industry. Published by Industry Analysts Inc. in Rochester, N.Y., the OPA conducts thousands of end-user and office equipment dealer surveys each year. For more information, contact Industry Analysts at 585-232-5320 or visit

About Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc.

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, Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TABS has four divisions: the Electronic Imaging Division; the Toner Products Division; the Document Solutions Engineering Division; and TOPAC U.S.A., Inc., dba Toshiba Business Solutions (TBS), a wholly owned subsidiary corporation of TABS, that operates a network of wholly owned office equipment dealers throughout the United States.

Named the most favored manufacturer seven times by the Business Technology Association (BTA), Toshiba’s entire product line, customer support and marketing distribution policies are markers for the industry. Among the many other awards garnered in recent years, Toshiba was named the “Copier Manufacturer of the Year” six times by the Marketing Research Consultants (MRC), and has twice been named to the CIO 100 for being among the top 100 “bold” (2005) and “agile” (2004) companies in the world.

TABS is an independent operating company of Toshiba Corporation, the sixth largest electronics/electrical equipment company and the world's 72nd largest company in terms of sales. Ranked by Fortune magazine as the 9th Most Admired Electronics Company in the World, Toshiba Corporation is a world leader in high technology products with more than 300 major subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide. Fiscal year revenue in 2004 was approximately $55 billion.

For more information on Toshiba copier, facsimile, multifunction printing products, network controllers or toner products, or for a dealer in your area, call 1-800-GO-TOSHIBA or visit the TABS Web site at