Kyocera Cleans Up Australia for over a decade

As we near the twenty second annual Clean Up Australia Day on March 4 and Business Clean Up Day on February 28, we have a chat with David Finn about Kyocera’s long standing partnership with Clean Up Australia. Spanning more than a decade the two organisations have shared a similar vision – to lessen our burden on the environment. Finn believes in rolling your sleeves up and getting dirty to help make a difference.

David what led Kyocera to first get involved with Clean Up Australia?

Back in 1999 I was looking to get involved in an entity that was supporting green initiatives – reducing land fill and reducing waste – and felt that Clean Up Australia presented a good opportunity to pursue those avenues.

We started sponsoring Clean Up in 2000 and participated in our first Clean Up event at this time, so we’ve been involved for over 12 years now.

Are there any interesting sites you’ve cleaned up during this time?

The clean up project we get most excited about at Kyocera is our involvement at Brush Farm Park in Ryde. Over a five year period we eliminated the rubbish from this site and restored it to the beautiful community area it once was.

Brush Farm Park was a neglected piece of bush and, due to the way the landscape falls away, was sadly a perfect tipping place where people could back a truck up and empty it. It had been used as an unofficial tip site for years. On one of our Clean Up days we collected three skip bins worth of rubbish, it was huge!

Over five years we removed all the rubbish and worked with horticulturists from Ryde Council and removed all the privet weed. Since this time Ryde council have restored the heritage building on the site and it is an area now enjoyed by the local community.

 

What is the most unusual item you’ve come across?

I can’t think of one particular item that’s unusual but I’ve seen and cleaned up things like engine blocks, water heaters and every piece of conceivable rubbish people clean out of their households.

We did unearth a natural waterfall at Brush Farm Park one year which was pretty exciting. Once we cleared away all the rubbish there it was and that was quite an amazing thing to discover.

Do you have anything else you’d like to share about the experience with Clean Up?

It’s been a very interesting journey with Clean Up and it’s been a really positive thing, all our staff have really enjoyed the participation.

I’m a believer that actions speak louder than words, so it’s one thing to sponsor something but it’s quite another to get your hands dirty and actually physically do something. That’s the sort of ‘can do’ culture we value.

You can find out more about Kyocera’s environmental ethos here. To register for Clean Up Australia day or Business Clean Up Day visit www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au .

Kyocera Wins Triple Crown for Exceptional Performers

Here at Kyocera we have been selected by BLI for “Outstanding A3 colour MFD”, in categories 41-50, 61-70 and 71-80 pages per minute, at the BLI semi annual ‘Pick Awards’, and we are really thrilled! Buyers Laboratory (BLI), the world’s leading independent evaluator of document imaging products and solutions, conducted comprehensive evaluations assessing a wide range of the most important features and performance factors that are typically demanded by end users.

“We’re delighted that we have now been recognised in all mid to high speed colour categories by BLI, taking into account the awards they gave us in July 2011 for our TASKalfa 5550ci. What this means for our customers is they can feel confident in selecting a Kyocera TASKalfa product as these awards assure them that the outstanding performance and sharp and consistent colour quality they need has been independently verified under the most demanding conditions,” says George Kharoufeh, senior product manager, Kyocera Mita Australia and New Zealand.

 

Kyocera TASKalfa 4550ci
Outstanding 41- to 50-ppm A3 Colour MFD

Kyocera TASKalfa 6550ci
Outstanding 61- to 70-ppm A3 Colour MFD

Kyocera TASKalfa 7550ci
Outstanding 71- to 80-ppm A3 Colour MFD

Kyocera TASKalfa 5550ci

Outstanding 51- to 60-ppm A3 Colour MFD, July 2011

All of the Kyocera TASKalfa devices offer very good ease of use from the print drivers and a well-designed colour control panel that can be moved up and down and side to side, providing easy access for individuals with disabilities. Kyocera also earned high marks for most attributes important to IT, including ease of network setup and administrative utilities. In addition, overall image quality of the devices ranged from very good to excellent.

In fact, the TASKalfa 7550ci is among an extremely small minority of business colour models to have earned an excellent rating for both colour and black output quality.

The scan functionality of the devices, which includes six shortcuts and convenient USB access, was also above average.

“Offering outstanding reliability, exceptional ease of use and strong overall productivity, there is no doubt that this trio of devices is worthy of these hard-earned awards,” said Pete Emory, BLI’s manager of laboratory testing. “Noteworthy is that the TASKalfa 7550ci is the most productive model in its class tested to date, with best in class productivity when printing BLI’s job stream and a range of other speed tests.”

As Kharoufeh adds, “Most of all, these products adhere to our core design concept to offer devices with top reliability and low total cost of ownership that are easy on the environment.”

For further information on Kyocera’s awards, please visit our awards page on our website.

Technology blessed by Blue Angels


Kyocera Mita aims to provide products that are safe and comfortable for customers to use and have minimal environmental impact. In recognition of this, various environmental labels have been awarded to us, with Blue Angel being just one.

The Blue Angel eco-label was created in 1978 by the German Ministry of the Interior. This eco-label is awarded to products that meet or exceed the strict environmental standards set by the institute. There are strong movements to establish international standards for labelling environmentally friendly products and consumables. At Kyocera we are proud to have been receiving the Blue Angel Mark since March 1992.

We are excited that six of our recently launched mono and colour multifunction devices in Australia and New Zealand have successfully achieved the rigorous Blue Angel environmental accreditation. The Blue Angel award is only given to products that fit to a comprehensive list of criteria that ranges from low power consumption in sleep mode and low noise in operation, to waste prevention, long-life components, eco-friendly packaging and harmless toner emissions. Additionally the products must provide standard duplex functionality and suitability for use with recycled paper.

All of these devices benefit from KYOCERA MITA’s unique ECOSYS long-life components, which aim to improve reliability and lower consumables costs whilst minimising waste. The qualifying devices are the colour multifunctionals: FS-C2026MFP+, FS-C2126MFP+, FS-C2526MFP, and FS-C2626MFP and the monochrome multifunctionals, FS-3540MFP, and FS-3640MFP.

Fady Anton, product manager at Kyocera Mita Australia and New Zealand says “We’re pleased that the strong environmental performance of our recently launched products has been recognised by meeting the Blue Angel standard. As the oldest environment-related approval label for products and services in the world, Blue Angel is one of the most stringent and well respected standards to achieve.”

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