IRVINE , California   ( Oct 13, 2006 ) :

Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. (TABS) today celebrates the 20th Anniversary of its Toner Products Division (TPD). Based in Mitchell, S.D., TABS-TPD is the largest of three toner manufacturing facilities owned by Toshiba. The global operation opened its doors on Oct. 3, 1986 and today supplies more than 25 percent of Toshiba’s worldwide needs for toner.

“Over the past 20 years, TABS-TPD has grown into a global economic force in the toner industry. Given our leadership position, we’re exceptionally proud of our commitment to producing high-quality toner products that are environmentally conscious, with 25 percent of our toner/developer cartridges made from recycled plastics,” said Dave Tronnes, vice president/assistant general manager for TABS-TPD. “Toshiba understands the importance of a better environment and has a strong commitment to the effective use of natural resources, reduction of energy consumption and environmental protection worldwide.”

TABS-TPD is a driving economic force in Mitchell, S.D. Year after year the company has grown more than 300 percent in manpower and the facility has doubled in size, with more than 100K square feet of additions. Most recently in 2006, TABS-TPD invested $15 million to enable color toner manufacturing – making it the only Japanese OEM toner facility in the U.S. to produce color toner – and securing the economic future of the plant for years to come. A good friend and corporate citizen of Mitchell and the State of South Dakota, TABS-TPD also has donated more than $780K to support the local schools, city, county and national landmarks.

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