Langenhagen / Zurich, 27 August 2004: The premiere was so promising that the sequel is a logical consequence: The Beach Volleyball European Championship Final in Timmendorfer Strand in June 2004 was not only an internationally highly regarded event due to the outstanding athletic achievements and the enthusiastic fan support, but also because top notch organisation and extensive worldwide media coverage were guaranteed. Konica Minolta, acting then as Official Supplier for the first time in the sport of Beach Volleyball, was a major contributor to the sweeping success of the event through their quality products and professional business solution services and realised the enormous potential of the partnership.

Why not continue working together? Jobst-Hartmut Arndt, Manager Sales Promotion for Konica Minolta Europe is looking forward to his company’s renewed partnership with a tournament of the European Championship Tour. ‘We are excited to continued offering a wide range of support with our products and services in the professional and thrilling atmosphere of the Spanish Open 2004 in Valencia.’

His colleague Carlos Baart, Corporate Communications Manager at Konica Minolta adds: ‘After the successful merger of Konica and Minolta the placement of our new branding is of great importance for us and our business partners. The emotionally charged flair of the European Championship Tour gives us the perfect platform.’

At the Spanish Open from 9-12 September 2004 Konica Minolta will guarantee the professional execution of the Office Solution with copy machines, printers, faxes, multifunctional systems and the Official Event Paper.

Christian Scholbrock, Managing Director for Global Sports Marketing (GSM), which organises and markets the European Championship Tour, knows ‘that a partner like Konica Minolta is amongst the decisive help to organise such an event.’ Following the positive experiences of Timmendorfer Strand all minds are now on planning the future cooperation of Konica Minolta with the European Championship Tour: ‘We are mutually extremely pleased with the good results of our cooperation and are positive to present further news in the not so distant future.’

The next step towards a long-term partnership will be taken at the Spanish Open 2004. A high-class tournament, after all it is the first rematch of the European top teams following the Olympic Games in Athens, where they proved their strength against the world’s elite. A total of 100,000 Euros in prize money will again be at stake for in the men’s and women’s field in Valencia. The organisers expect great interest by the media and general public following the Spanish top duo Bosma/Herrera’s Olympic silver medal. It is good to know that the organisers are going to be well prepared.

For further information please contact Global Sports Marketing, Christian Scholbrock at christian.scholbrock@gsmglobalsports.com or +41 43 244 9977.