By DPS Staff
Canon Solutions America invited over 40 industry analysts and reporters to its third annual anniversary event this February 22 to 24, 2016 in Boca Raton, FL. Held at the Boca Raton Resort & Club: A Waldorf Astoria Resort, guests enjoyed a spectacular beachfront venue while company executives recapped the company’s progress over the past three years and were briefed on new products and services slated for the coming year. Presentations were grouped within Canon Solutions America’s main market segments, including technical services, professional services, enterprise services and solutions, production print solutions (PPS), and large format solutions (LFS).
“This event is very important to our company and each year further solidifies our relationship with our valued customers and members of the media,” says Toyo Kuwamura, president/CEO, Canon Solutions America.
Analyst firm InfoTrends reported on the company’s recent success. It positions Canon Solutions America as number one in toner/CAD/GIS in the last year, growing market share in 2015. In 2016, the company expects to continue growth in this segment due to new CAD color products. In 2015, the company’s UV flatbed market share grew from 19 to 24 percent.
2015 PPS revenue grew over 2014 and achieved 112 percent of goal. PPS had a productive 2015—introducing the Designers’ Guide to Inkjet, the thINK user group, and successfully launched the Océ VarioPrint i300. The company reports that its customers printed 79.9B pages in 2015.
Within PPS, announcements surrounded the Océ VarioPrint i300. At the event, Canon Solutions America highlighted new finishing options—the BLM600 booklet maker and the Tecnau TC 1530, which dynamically crafts horizontal and vertical micro-perforations. Additionally, the Océ VarioPrint i300 is fitted with a new ink set. Providing improved color gamut on treated stocks that is formulated to work with ColorGrip. ColorGrip enhances images’ quality on commodity grade untreated stocks. ColorGrip pretreats untreated stock with spot application utilizing one of six channels in the Océ VarioPrint i300. The news inks along with ColorGrip technology expand Canon Solutions America’s reach into the graphic arts and to commercial printers that traditionally dismissed inkjet as a viable alternative to offset and toner-based hardware.
In the PPS space, Canon Solutions America sees monochrome transitioning to inkjet. At the event it showcased the Océ ColorStream Mono, based on the Océ ColorStream 3000 Z’s compact design. The unit outputs 417 feet per minute and is available in dye or pigment, MICR compatible, with a total cost of ownership less than toner. The Océ VarioStream 4000 was also discussed. It is ideal for light weight and heavy weight offset coated papers. It boasts new controller functionalities.
Predictions in the LFS space for 2016 include new Océ Arizona models following the Océ Arizona 1200 launch in January to replace the Océ Arizona 400. It also plans to continue adding d.gen soft signage printers to its portfolio through its partnership with Media One Digital Imaging Solutions.
According to Kuwamura, the company was delighted with the outcome of the third anniversary event. “This year’s event was a reflection of our commitment to creating experiences that showcase the full breadth and scope of Canon’s vision. On behalf of Canon Solutions America, we are thankful to all who joined in our celebration of three years as a unified company.” dps
Mar2016, DPS Magazine