8 September 2010
Canon Expo showcases new press models
NEW YORK CITY—Canon is planning a push into the graphic arts industry. That was one message during Canon Expo, a technology extravaganza that recently drew almost 3,000 customers and dealers (including PrintCAN) to the Jacob K. Javitz centre in New York City.

In addition to powerful—and awesome—prototype cameras, screens, medical imaging technology and other goodies, the event showcased the company’s plans for graphic arts. It was also the first time that Oce and Canon had come together as a single entity at an event, presenting a unified approach to the market. The two companies are now beginning to sell each other's products.

Canon used the event to announce the release of new flagship digital presses: the imagePress C7010VP, the C6010VP and the C6010. The models sport new sensor technology for more accurare toner distribution, enhanced airflow unit and toner density stabilization for colour consistency, and new EFI and Creo servers. They handle an expanded range of substrates from 16 lb. bond to 120 lb. cover. Expect to see them in late 2010.

From the prototype category, Canon demoed the imagePress C7010 with an in-line clear toner unit, a feature already available on the imagePressC1+, and a new imagePress monochrome unit with a running speed of 150 pages per minute.

In an interview, Satch Hattori, vice president of the Imaging Systems Group in Canada, said he sees significant growth potential for Canon in Canada. While stating Canon will not compete in the high-volume offset space, and admitting that printing is facing a number of challenges, he said Canon still wants to be a major player. He explained that while printed documents have a much shorter shelf life, he sees that more material will actually be printed, and with a lower price tag than other equipment, Canon’s presses represent less of a risk for print shops. As well, he re-iterated that Canon's push into this market will be accelerated by leveraging Oce assets.

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