Profile: Canon Inc (CAJ.N)
23 Feb 2017
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. Each of these subsidiaries is responsible for marketing and distribution to retail dealers in an assigned territory. Canon operates its business in three segments: the Office Business Unit, the Imaging System Business Unit, and the Industry and Others Business Unit. Canon's research and development activities range from basic research to product-oriented research directed at maintaining Canon's technological operations in the marketplace. Canon has manufacturing subsidiaries in a range of countries, including the United States, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Taiwan, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.
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. Canon also delivers added value to customers through software, services and solutions. Canon's offerings cater to markets from small office home office (SOHO), and small and midsize business (SMB) to large enterprises and professional graphic arts companies. Its offerings include image RUNNER ADVANCE C3300 series, imageRUNNER 1435, imagePRESS C800 series, image PRESS C10000VP, imagePRESS series and image PRESS C8000VP. Canon offers a color production portfolio covering from light production market up to high-end market. In software, services and solutions, Canon offers its application development platform, the Multifunctional Embedded Application Platform (MEAP), which allows the creation of customized applications for Canon MFDs. Canon is reinforcing its solutions capability through offerings, such as imageWARE software suite, business process automation software Enterprise Imaging Platform (EIP) and Canon MDS, a device management solution.
Imaging System Business Unit
Canon manufactures and markets digital cameras and digital video camcorders, as well as lenses and various related accessories. Canon offers over four digital single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras, including EOS 5DS/EOS 5DS R, and over two mirrorless cameras EOS M3 and EOS M10. It also provides storage device Connect Station CS100 that offers new image experiences. Canon offers two 1.0-type sensor models: PowerShot G9 X with its slim and light-weight design, and PowerShot G5 X equipped with an electronic viewfinder. Canon also offers an ultra-high-sensitivity multi-purpose camera named ME20F-SH, which can record color images in near-complete darkness, while its cubic chassis can be installed and can be used in various fields, such as surveillance, security and motion picture production. Canon offers a variety of products based on its core technology full-photolithography inkjet nozzle engineering (FINE), which enables realization of high-speed printing and high image quality at the same time. For home use, Canon offers such printer solutions as PIXMA Cloud Link and Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY to tighten the connection with cloud computing, smartphones and tablet personal computers (PCs). Canon also offers My Image Garden, enabling a variety of photo-print, an intelligent touch system and XL ink tank & ink cartridge. 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.
Industry and Others Business Unit
Canon offers an i-line stepper FPA-3030i5+, optimized for the production of light emitting diodes (LEDs) and power devices, and FPA-5510iV, which enables productivity in the packaging process, such as through-silicon via (TSV) and BUMP. Canon has added to its product lineup of MPAsp-E810 series for small-to-mid-sized panels, corresponding to the production of higher resolution panels, such as for smartphones. In the ophthalmic equipment market as well, Canon has launched a non-mydriatic digital retinal camera with operability, including auto-focus and auto-shot functions. Canon offers a network software product Ophthalmic Software Platform RX, which enables comparison and superposition of images from Canon retinal cameras and Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). Canon's compact model, VB-S series is used for indoor surveillance applications.
The Company competes with Xerox Corporation/Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd., Ricoh Company, Ltd., Konica Minolta Inc., HP Inc., Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Lexmark International, Inc., Toshiba TEC Corporation, Sharp Corporation, Nikon Corporation, Sony Corporation, Panasonic Corporation, JVC Kenwood Corporation, Seiko Epson Corporation, ASML Holding N.V. and Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Ltd.
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Company Web Links
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