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Canon Inc. (Canon), incorporated on August 10, 1937, is a manufacturer of office multifunction devices (MFDs), plain paper copying machines, laser printers, inkjet printers, cameras and lithography equipment. Canon sells its products principally under the Canon brand name and through sales subsidiaries. The Company earns revenues primarily from the manufacture and sale of these products domestically and internationally. Canon has manufacturing subsidiaries in a variety of countries, including the United States, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Taiwan, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines. Canon operates its business in three segments: the Office Business Unit, the Imaging System Business Unit, and the Industry and Others Business Unit.

Office Business Unit

Canon manufactures, markets and services a range of MFDs, printers, copying machines for personal and office use and production print products for print professionals. The Office Business Unit includes MFDs, laser multifunction printers (MFPs), laser printers, digital production printing systems, feed printers, wide-format printers and document solutions. The Company also delivers added value to customers through software, services and solutions. Its offerings cover a range of markets from Small Office Home Office (SOHO), and Small and Midsize Business (SMB) to large enterprises and professional graphic arts. Canon has launched its A4-size color device imageRUNNER ADVANCE C350iF/C250iF. Canon has also launched imageRUNNER 2202/2002, which is a low-end A3-size monochrome device tailored to the emerging market.

In software, services and solutions, Canon's application development platform, the Multifunctional Embedded Application Platform (MEAP), allows the creation of customized applications for Canon MFDs. Canon is engaged in reinforcing its solutions capability through offerings, such as imageWARE software suite, business process automation software Enterprise Imaging Platform (EIP) and Canon MDS, which is a device management solution. Canon’s consolidated net sales, for the years ended December 31, 2014, were 55.8% for the Office Business Unit.

The Company competes with Xerox Corporation/Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.; Ricoh Company, Ltd.; Konica Minolta Inc.; Hewlett-Packard Company; Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Toshiba TEC Corporation, Sharp Corporation and Lexmark International, Inc.

Imaging System Business Unit

Canon manufactures and markets digital cameras and digital video camcorders, as well as lenses and various related accessories. The Imaging System Business Unit includes interchangeable lens digital cameras, digital compact cameras, digital camcorders, digital cinema cameras, interchangeable lenses, inkjet printers, large-format inkjet printers, commercial photo printers, image scanners, multimedia projectors, broadcast equipment and calculators.

The Company has launched two new digital single-lens reflex camera (SLR) cameras. The Canon EOS 7D Mark II is designed to meet the demands of photographers and videographers who want a camera that can provide a range of artistic opportunities. It shoots up to 10 frames per second and has a 65-point all cross-type AF system. The number of available autofocus (AF) points, and whether single line or cross-type, varies depending on the lens. Canon also launched seven new lens products for digital SLR. The interchangeable lens lineup exceeds 90 products, including Cinema Lenses (EF-Mount).

The Company has introduced fourteen new models to the compact digital camera market across the world. Canon offers a range of products to meet needs based on its core technology Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering (FINE). For home use, Canon offers printer solutions as PIXMA Cloud Link and PIXMA Printing to tighten the connection with cloud computing, smartphone and tablet personal computers (PC). It also offers My Image Garden, enabling a range of photo-print, an Intelligent Touch System and XL ink tank & ink cartridge.

Canon launched the brand MAXIFY in the business inkjet printer segment. In the professional printing market, the Company offers three professional photo inkjet printers: the PIXMA PRO-1 with a 12 LUCIA ink system of pigment-based inks, PIXMA PRO-10 with a 10 LUCIA ink system, and the PIXMA PRO-100 with eight dye inks to produce colorful and vivid prints. Canon’s large-format inkjet printers are based on FINE head technology and employ its image processor, L-COA, developed for LUCIA pigment inks. Canon’s lineup also includes CanoScan LiDE, the flatbed scanners which use Contact Image Sensor (CIS), and a scanner with Charge-Coupled Devices (CCD) for high resolution. Canon’s consolidated net sales, for the years ended December 31, 2014, were 36.0% for the Imaging System Business Unit.

The Company competes with Sony Corporation, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Nikon Corporation; Panasonic Corporation; JVC Kenwood Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company and Seiko Epson Corporation.

Industry and Others Business Unit

The Company's Industry and Others Business Unit segment includes semiconductor lithography equipment, Flat panel display (FPD) lithography equipment, digital radiography systems, ophthalmic equipment, vacuum thin-film deposition equipment, organic light emitting diode (OLED) panel manufacturing equipment, die bonders, micromotors, network cameras, handy terminals and document scanners. Canon’s consolidated net sales for the years ended December 31, 2014, were 10.7% for the Industry and Others Business Unit.

The Company competes with Nikon Corporation and ASML Holding N.V.

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Canon Inc

3-30-2, Shimomaruko
OTA-KU   TKY   146-8501
P: +813.37582111
F: +813.54825135

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