Canon Celebrates 50 Years In the U.S.
NEW YORK CITY—Canon U.S.A. celebrated its first 50 years in the U.S. and shared its vision for the future at Canon EXPO 2005. Fujio Mitarai, president and CEO of Canon Inc., shared his plan to continue globalization of the business and to expand broadband connectivity for a "new world of digital."
Mitarai's keynote address focused on the continuance of R&D efforts, shifting energies to innovate color solutions and plans to reach $50 billion in sales by 2010.
On the 150,000 square feet of floor space at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Canon unveiled imagePRESS, a digital color technology brand for the commercial printing market, marking Canon's entrance into the high-end, high-quality color digital press market.
"Canon's business direction is to combine the highest quality color output with unmatched media handling capabilities—differentiating us from the competition," says Tod Pike, senior vice president, Imaging Systems Group. "The introduction of the imagePRESS brand clearly announces our intention to expand our superior value proposition to commercial print and graphic arts customers."
Developed with significant customer input, the first imagePRESS offerings are expected to be launched in the second half of 2006, although presses named "X" and "Y" were previewed at the show. imagePRESS "X" is a 70 page-per-minute (ppm) solution, featuring CIP4/JDF integration and full in-line finishing options. imagePRESS "Y", a short-run solution for the graphics market, is intended to work in conjunction with the imagePROGRAF W8400 family of wide-format ink-jet printers.
Also introduced was the imagePROGRAF W8400D (dye-based) wide-format ink-jet printer, which optimizes color performance and gradations on both plain and glossy print media. Capable of printing up to 44˝ widths, the W8400D offers a maximum 2,400x1,200 dpi resolution, while achieving print speeds up to 307 square feet per hour at 1,200x1,200 dpi resolution.
Along with the unveiling of its "Canon imageANYWARE" slogan, the company announced a handful of related partnerships.