Recycle, Reduce But Don’t Forget You Can Reuse!

During a recent upgrade of its PCs and laptops, KYOCERA Document Solutions found 16 of its retired laptops were still in good working order and possible candidates for re-homing rather than recycling. It approached some local community and neighbourhood groups that it thought might be able to make use of the technology.

Helen Hwang of Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, which supports community well-being through the provision of creative programs and responsive services, was delighted to receive the donation.

 “We at Newtown Neighbourhood Centre are grateful for this timely donation from Kyocera.”

Helen said, “In today’s world, there is a growing digital divide where vulnerable members of the community do not have access to computers and the internet, and lack the experience in using computers.“

Kyocera’s IT Manager, Michael Sexton, delivers laptops to Helen Hwang from Newton Neighbourhood Centre

Kyocera’s IT Manager, Michael Sexton, delivers laptops to Helen Hwang from Newton Neighbourhood Centre.

Helen continued, “This donation will enable the Centre to not only provide access to computers, but also the opportunity for disadvantaged people to get the experience and training necessary that many of us take for granted – including sending emails, preparing resumes, pursuing interests, and applying online for jobs.

“Thank you again to Kyocera in supporting us to reach our vision to create a more inclusive, resilient, vibrant and self-reliant community.”

Kyocera was thrilled to be able to donate the superseded technology, knowing that a small, community-based organisation could benefit from technology it had outgrown.

Michael Sexton, Kyocera IT Manager, said, “I’m pleased that, as part of Kyocera’s work to ensure we reuse and recycle electrical items in a responsible way, we were able to donate these laptops to such a worthy initiative. It is great to see resources being reconditioned and re-used in the community.”

Increase productivity with mobile applications


Whether you’re interested in organising your meetings, saving documents securely to the cloud or you’re the modern business employee on the move; mobile technology is becoming an important part of everyday business.

Here are some websites with apps you might like to explore:

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  • Meetings: Take notes, create an agenda, keep track of attendees, email the meeting notes and send meeting invites
  • The business traveller: Calculate your frequent flyer points or search out the best coffee in any city
  • Cloud computing apps: Store and access your photos, documents and videos on the web
  • Finance Management: Track your expenses and current financial information
  • Business Life: Dictate your meeting notes and share files with colleagues
  • Mobile print: Print and scan to the cloud or direct to a device 

Find out more about how Kyocera products are compatible with mobile devices by visiting our website or complete our online enquiry form.

The tricks of the trade to be a sustainable green office for small to medium businesses

Going green is definitely trending within small to medium businesses and here at Kyocera, we couldn’t be happier! However businesses can struggle with ideas to help them go greener.

Going green can be an effort, but the rewards of saving money, helping the environment and building good habits definitely outweighs this. We’ve gone to the experts and created a compilation of the easiest things to do in order to make your business greener. Can you think of any more?

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  • Use a power strip which allows for ease when unplugging multiple devices. Purchase one with an off switch to reduce your electricity consumption. Remember to unplug your power strip at the end of the day to stop ‘phantom’ consumption of energy
  • Adjust your thermostat, to a few degrees cooler in winter, and a few degrees warmer in summer. We promise no one will notice!
  • Eliminate unused computer programs; when they run in the background they’re eating up electricity
  • Install occupancy sensors in bathrooms, kitchens and conference rooms.

Printer and Paper Products

  • Offices and teaching environments can reduce their printing amounts by charging per print. A handy feature that Kyocera Document Solutions offers through the PaperCut MF and Nuance Equitrac software solutions
  • Set your printer to automatically print duplex and multiple pages per sheet, and use the ‘draft print’ option when printing unimportant documents
  • Store manuals, policies and other documents online
  • Install eco-font (Vera Sans) which uses up to 15% less ink and toner or you can set your printing properties to the ‘eco-print’ option; a sure- fire way to save. Check it out here: http://www.ecofont.com/en/products/green/font/download-the-ink-saving-font.html
  • Switch to an electronic fax service such as ‘fax-to-email’, saving on separate paper, toner and maintenance. Kyocera Document Solutions can again help here by streamlining your workflow. To find out more visit our solutions pages.

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KYOCERA Global Donates Solar Power Generating Systems to Schools in Africa

We’re pleased to hear that Kyocera Global has recently donated solar power technology to schools in Tanzania and Uganda. An ongoing project since 2009, Kyocera Global has been providing solar power generating systems to schools in Africa which now totals 28 schools in five years. Kyocera has donated to schools that have no access to electricity with the project able to provide electricity for much needed storage batteries, lamps, TV sets, radios and general lighting. With additional installations at seven schools in the last fiscal year, donations have already been made to a total of 28 schools, with seven more to follow by March 2014.

Tanzania Solar Donation

Kyocera believes in the great possibilities of the young generation in Africa and hopes that its donations in Tanzania and Uganda will help further the education of students who carry the future of the countries on their shoulders. To directly convey these hopes, donation ceremonies were held in which a company representative interacted with the teachers and students.

Kyocera started research into solar energy in 1975 when then-president Dr Kazuo Inamori first recognized the long-term potential for solar technology to contribute to global energy demand. Shortly after, in the early 1980’s, the company began providing solar power systems to regions without electricity in Pakistan, China and Nepal. Kyocera remains strongly committed to its business philosophy of utilizing solar energy for the protection of the environment and the improvement of people’s lives.

For more information visit Kyocera Global
For more information about Kyocera products and services visit our website or fill in an online enquiry form.

Are Aussies doing the right thing with E-waste?

An ongoing problem we share in the Australian community is our strong dependence on using landfill for our waste management. Recent years have seen a change in trends with more and more Australians becoming conscious of their own recycling habits.

In 2001, 19 million tonnes of waste were disposed of to landfill, and by 2007 this figure had grown to 21.3 million tonnes. Contributing to this statistic includes municipal waste, commercial and industrial waste and construction and demolition waste.

As Individuals we contribute to the growth in waste going to landfill figures incredibly. Between 1996-97 and 2006-07, the volume of waste produced per person in Australia grew from 1,200 kg per person to 2,100 kg per person per year. So how can an individual make a difference? Why not check out some hints and tips from Clean Up Australia on how you could shed an elephant or two by living greener at home and work.

However it’s not just individuals who can make a difference, businesses also need to be aware of projects and programmes that can help reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

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Recent BLI awards cement Kyocera as the reliable choice in office printing

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We have recently been awarded the much coveted Pick of the Year and Highly Recommended awards for both our FS-4300DN and FS-C8650DN printers by Buyers Laboratory’s (BLI)

“We’ve come to expect outstanding reliability from Kyocera devices, and the FS-4300DN was no exception,” said Ian Latham, BLI’s European Lab Manager.

Throughout the industry, BLI is known for its rigorous two-month testing of office-equipment products, including an extensive durability test for imaging devices during which BLI runs each unit for extended periods at the manufacturer’s maximum duty cycle. Other performance attributes BLI evaluate include ease of use, media handling, productivity and value.

BLI bestowed its Pick of the Year award on our FS-4300DN printer as best of the best in the A4 Monochrome Printers for Large Workgroups category. The FS-4300DN also received BLI’s Highly Recommended rating.

BLI subjected the FS-4300DN to a gruelling two-month durability test, and the printer displayed Kyocera’s typical dependability, running smoothly without misfeed or service call. The drum and developer’s capability to last for an incredible 500,000 A4 pages impressed BLI as well. Another plus was the device’s productivity, in particular, its output of up to 60 ppm – highest in its class.

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In the A3 Colour Departmental Printer category, Kyocera’s FS-C8650DN was BLI’s “Pick.” It also received the Highly Recommended rating. BLI cited the device’s excellent reliability and productivity. The FS-C8650DN also displayed superior image quality, and its long-life consumables cut waste, reduce environmental impact and lower the total cost of ownership.

Our product marketing manager George Kharoufeh is particularly proud of the awards, “To have been recognised again by BLI means our customers can feel confident in choosing Kyocera as their preferred document solutions vendor.

For more information about Kyocera products and services visit our website or fill in an online enquiry form.

The truth about Toner: Genuine Versus Third Party Compatible

If you’re looking to save money by buying third party compatible toners for your Kyocera device, think again. Rigorous research has found that Kyocera genuine toners are not only more efficient,  reliable and safer for your machine; they create up to 73% less waste and have less downtime which leads to greater ongoing savings. Kyocera contracted the independent testing association,  TŰV Rheinland ® to undertake comprehensive testing on the differences in image quality and efficiency of genuine toner in comparison to three third party compatible toners.

The following video gives a great overview of the results from the research, and for a summary check out this great info graphic developed by KYOCERA document solutions UK.

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For further information about Kyocera Document Solutions view our website or complete an online enquiry form.

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