Canon are to showcase the breadth of its Professional Print portfolio at Total Print! Expo with a host of UK-first showings. Following on from a highly successful drupa where Canon saw strong sales across the full range of production devices, Canon will once again take centre stage at Total Print! Expo - with its stand (no. 130) located directly in front of the main entrance as delegates enter the show.
Ben Milford, Head of Professional Print Marketing, Canon Business Solutions, Canon UK, said: "Over the last few years, Canon's Professional Print division has gone from strength to strength and Total Print! Expo 2008 will give us the opportunity to further demonstrate how our customers can benefit from our integrated range of hardware and software solutions. Our technology is designed with customers in mind. We aim to help printers expand their existing offering or develop new revenue making opportunities by using digital printing solutions to penetrate new markets. Never has it been more important for printers to stay ahead of the competition to remain profitable and our technology, support and consultancy enable just that."
Among the products to be showcased are the Canon imagePRESS C1+ and the Canon imagePRESS C6000VP.
The Canon imagePRESS C1+ is the industry's first light production digital printer with clear toner. Used to either increase or reduce reflectance in specific areas on the printout, this device gives printers, photographers and graphic arts customers the perfect tool to offer value-add services without further expenditure. The toner can produce a range of effects including metallic, matt and gloss finishes to the printed page.
Canon will also be demonstrating the variety of applications suitable for the imagePRESS C1+, which will enable visitors to see how it can be used to add value to their current customers' printed material as well as think about new market opportunities. The official European launch date for this new printer is November this year.
On show will also be the Canon imagePRESS C6000VP, combining the efficiency and versatility of digital technology with image quality that looks and feels like offset printing. The C6000VP can output at 60ppm and can consistently maintain top speeds whatever the type of thickness of media being used - from 64gsm to 300gsm. A range of in-line finishing options means the press can create professionally produced documents with up to 200 sheets.
In addition to the new hardware on show, Canon will also demonstrate its leading support and consultancy package, Canon's Essential Business Builder Program (EBBP). Comprising of a toolkit, customer training workshops or seminars and on-site consultancies, each component of the EBBP is a tool for small and medium-sized companies to grow their business and increase their bottom line.
Two large format printers will also be showcased. The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF810 and Canon imagePROGRAF iPF820 launch into the UK market this month as Canon's first 44", five-colour LFP's for the CAD, GIS, Print-for-Pay, and Production markets. It is the first UK showing for the Canon imagePROGRAF iPF820 and the printer has already proven to be up to 50 per cent more productive and uses three times less ink in Economy mode than its nearest competitors, according to an independently verified Buyers Laboratory Inc report.
The 60" Canon imagePROGRAF iPF9000S, has been awarded the BERTL BEST 2008 award for Best Wide Format Low Volume Colour Printer in the Pay-for-Print and Production Market range. The eight-colour LFP is designed to give the sign and production markets high image quality at unrivalled speeds. The economy setting ensures image quality while reducing the levels of light cyan and light magenta use, enabling overall ink reductions.
Canon also revealed two new A1 LFPs this month, the Canon imagePROGRAF iPF6200 for photographic and fine art use and the Canon imagePROGRAF iPF6000S for production and proofing, as well as the new 24" Canon imagePROGRAF iPF605 for CAD/GIS. The printers made their debut at the Photokina exhibition in Germany and are now shipping to UK markets.
Shane Burchett, LFP Product Professional, CBS Marketing, Canon UK says: "Total Print! Expo will be an ideal opportunity for customers and reseller partners to see the strength of Canon's ever expanding LFP portfolio. Our present range demonstrates a family of products aimed at CAD/GIS environments, professional print shops, photographic studios, as well as the general market. Over the last five years Canon has made huge inroads in the LFP market, launching 11 new devices alone in 2007, resulting in an impressive 40 per cent growth in LFP sales. We are committed to providing market-leading LFP technologies across a broad range of markets, offering our customers superior quality combined with reliable and cost effective technologies."
Customers will also be able to try out Canon's latest range of software which will increase personalisation, revenue opportunities and improve workflow to improve the printing experience for the end user and print shop. Canon will also be running a number of real life customer applications on its stand to demonstrate what customers have achieved using its software.
Canon's software and application opportunities on show revolve around four offerings:
- Taopix is Canon's Photo Print Service that allows customers to take advantage of the burgeoning market for digital prints, which is projected to grow to €545m in 20081. Using Taopix, consumers can produce and order albums, cards and calendars from the comfort of their own home using software licensed from the local printer. It provides an easy to use method for customers to create their own photo albums and provide an alternative revenue stream for printers.
- Canon has partnered with Direct Smile to produce software that makes variable data printing and image personalisation easier. Using Direct Smile, printers can produce seamless high-volume variable data printing (VDP) projects such as mailers with complex business applications. Users can use VDP and workflow features such as VBScripts, Barcodes, PDF Importer, Set Scaler or Joblets and benefit from unlimited scalability for every desired print volume.
- Bitstream, developer of Pageflex, is now available to Canon digital print users, providing customers with powerful, customised communications through VDP and web-to-print storefronts, as well as cross-media marketing campaigns, such as personalised URLs, microsites, and HTML email.
- Canon's new Helix workflow solution helps print providers automate and streamline their print production process, from job ticketing and web submission by clients, to final printed output on single or multiple devices. Helix Production Workflow builds on the success of NT-ware's uniFLOW Output Manager (OM) suite in corporate and copy shop environments and will provide an extended feature set and enhanced graphical user interface, designed specifically for CRDs, Print-for-Pay, creative services and commercial print customers.
Ben Milford said: "Canon has not only invested in bringing leading printing technologies to market but also complementary software solutions either through in-house developments or partnerships. Total Print! Expo will see Canon showcase its most recent additions that are designed to help printers maximise the potential of their printing engines as well as ensuring a good return on investment through increased sales and profitability. Printers need to adapt to the challenges posed by new technology, and it is crucial we as an industry invest in software that makes printing easier, more affordable and functional."