Almost 30 years later, a user in Luxembourg is still using the printer he bought from Mita in 1979, while a South African company is still using a machine manufactured in 1980.
Eicher Eicher Bureau Service (EBS) was named the winner in Kyocera Mita's Marathon Machine Competition, with its Mita Copystar DC-15, an analogue A3 copier with 15 copies per minute and manufactured in 1979 by Mita, still running.
The Mita 600Ds machine, manufactured in 1980, achieved second and third place for South African company Tswane Digital Solutions and Swiss company Frankhausen Büromaschinen respectively. Global Union of Hungary attained fourth position with a Mita DC-131, also manufactured in 1980, followed by fifth place Terje Olsen Kontormaskiner with a Mita DC-121, manufactured in 1982.
The competition, which was launched across Europe, Middle East and Africa in October 2007, sought to find the oldest working Kyocera Mita device in the region. The competition saw entries from customers in countries including South Africa, Bahrain, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, UK and Ukraine.
Kyocera Mita printers and multifunctional products are renowned for being robust and reliable and the competition was designed to find out how long its long-life products really last.
Other machines dominating the number of entries were the milestone F-1010, the first Kyocera laser printer, and the FS-1500, the first Kyocera ECOSYS printer. The F-1010, manufactured in 1986, is a monochrome A4 printer with a print speed of 10 pages per minute (ppm). The FS-1500, manufactured in 1991, introduced Kyocera Mita’s revolutionary Ecosys concept, centred on its long-life and robust amorphous silicon drum that lasts for 300 000 prints.