Profile: Canon Inc (CAJ.N)
Canon Inc. (Canon), incorporated on August 10, 1937, is a manufacturer of network digital multifunction devices (MFDs), plain paper copying machines, laser printers, inkjet printers, cameras and steppers. Canon sells its products principally under the Canon brand name and through sales subsidiaries. Canon has manufacturing subsidiaries in variety of countries, including the United States, Germany, France, Taiwan, China, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Canon operates its business in three segments: the Office Business Unit, the Consumer Business Unit, and the Industry and Others Business Unit. On February 19, 2010, Canon acquired shares of OPTOPOL Technology S.A. On March 9, 2010, Canon acquired shares of Oce N.V. In May 2011, the Company incorporated Canon Information and Imaging Solutions, Inc.
Office Business Unit
Canon manufactures, markets and services a range of monochrome network digital MFDs, color network digital MFDs, office copying machines and personal-use copying machines. Canon’s lineup of digital MFDs include the imageRUNNER (iR) series, which performs a range of functions, such as copying, printing, scanning, faxing and data-sharing functions on the Internet and customer intranets. Canon offers color network digital MFDs for users ranging from professional graphic designers to business offices. Canon’s MFDs and color digital MFDs are available in the print-on-demand market.
Developed and fostered by Canon, laser beam printers are standard output peripherals for offices. Canon has adopted a user-replaceable toner cartridge system containing optical components. Most of Canon’s laser beam printer sales are on an original equipment manufacturing (OEM) basis. The Office Business Unit also includes the related sales of paper and chemicals, service and replacement parts.
The Company competes with Xerox Corporation/Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd., Ricoh Company, Ltd., Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc., Hewlett-Packard Company and Lexmark International Inc.
Consumer Business Unit
Canon manufactures and markets digital cameras and digital video cameras as well as lenses and various other camera accessories. Canon released the EOS-1D Mark IV for professionals in December 2009. This model includes a newly developed approximately 16-megapixel APS-H size CMOS sensor and dual DIGIC 4 and features an expanded range of ISO settings for normal use between 100 and 12800, achieving beautiful images with low noise levels throughout the entire ISO range. Canon markets a variety of scanners for a spectrum of user needs, including image scanners in the CanoScan LiDE series using Contact Image Sensor (CIS) and scanners with Charge-Coupled Devices (CCD) for high resolution. CIS is a close-contact method that allows for a significant reduction in scanner weight and size.
The Company competes with Nikon Corporation, Sigma Corporation, Sony Corporation, Panasonic Corporation, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co.; Ltd., Victor Company of Japan, Ltd., Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd., Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Hewlett-Packard Company and Seiko Epson Corporation.
Industry and Others Business Unit
Medical imaging equipment sold by Canon includes X-ray image sensors, retinal cameras, autorefractometers and image-processing equipment for computerized systems. Canon’s pioneering digital radiography system takes X-ray photography and medical imaging into the digital age. Other Canon products such as electronic components are sold primarily to equipment manufacturers. These components include magnetic heads for audio and video tape recorders and micro-motors for printers and other components. Canon also offers business information products, which primarily consist of personal computers, servers, document scanners, calculators and micrographic equipment. Personal computers and servers sold by Canon are manufactured by third parties under the manufacturers’ own brand names.
The Company competes with Nikon Corporation and ASML Holding N.V.
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