Following the launch of the varioPRINT iX-series in April 2020, Canon Solutions America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc., has seen an increase in sales of its B3 sheetfed inkjet presses alongside continued market demand for its proven ColorStream and new ProStream 1800 inkjet web presses. Resulting from this success, Canon has been recognized by Keypoint Intelligence as the #1 Market Share Leader for Total Production Inkjet in 2020. Despite market uncertainty in 2020, Canon customers showed enthusiasm following the launch of the varioPRINT iX-series, which has proven to be a popular investment option for commercial print customers as well as in-plants and book printers due to the series’ outstanding offset-like quality, highly reliable throughput, and sheetfed application flexibility.
Canon also led the Continuous Feed Inkjet Market Share category with 35 percent of installations largely due to the success of the respected ColorStream series which continues to be the most installed inkjet press worldwide. Now in its third generation, the demand for the ColorStream platform continues to be extremely positive, and many customers have commented on its high reliability, productivity, and enhanced output—all of which have been determining qualities in its 1,500 worldwide installations.
In 2020, Canon further built on its proven reputation in the web-fed market with the launch of the high-speed ProStream 1800 inkjet web press, with early customers including DS Graphics|Universal Wilde and MWI Direct. With maximum speeds of 133m/min (ProStream 1800), this press has been recognized for reaching the highest resolution and print quality of any digital printing press at these speeds, enabling customers to achieve maximum performance with offset like quality.
“At Canon, we are focused on investing in our production inkjet product portfolio to offer our customers solutions that help them to improve efficiencies, expand their application possibilities, meet customer demands, and grow their business,” said Francis A. McMahon, executive vice president, Production Print Solutions, Canon Solutions America, Inc. “With that in mind, we are confident that our technology, combined with premium service and support, sets us apart from our competition and boosts customer confidence when investing in Canon’s inkjet presses. We take great pride that we have once again been acknowledged as the market leader for total production inkjet.”
Beyond being a leader in production inkjet technology, in September 2020 Canon Solutions America also successfully executed the first ever virtual thINK Ahead event along with the thINK organization. Proving its success, thINK reported the event reached a record number of attendees across the world, more than doubling the number of Canon Solutions America inkjet customers from the prior year. The virtual event enabled attendees to engage in almost 50 educational breakout sessions, participate in a live Q&A, and have discussions with partners in the Partner Pavilion, as well as one-to-one exclusive conversations with Canon Solutions America executives, thINK Board members, industry experts, and other event attendees using chat and video features.
“I am incredibly proud of the thINK Board for creating a one-of-a-kind experience for Canon Solutions America inkjet customers and partners in 2020. We will all remember the thINK Ahead 2020 virtual event for a variety of reasons, but most of all for the reminder that we all need to stay connected,” said McMahon. “We look forward to returning to an in-person thINK event for Canon Solutions America inkjet customers in 2021 with more sessions, which will allow for a smaller number of participants and social distancing. There will also be a virtual component to reach even more customers.”
Further building on its commitment to putting its customers first and providing opportunities for them to connect and learn in ways like thINK Ahead, Canon Solutions America stands by its exceptional service offerings by consistently looking for ways to maximize customer productivity and efficiency. The Canon Service Team overcame many obstacles in 2020, including navigating state guidelines, maintaining safety protocols and social distancing, increasing remote machine diagnostics, and more to deliver the unwavering commitment to keeping customers’ presses running smoothly and helping customers maximize their investments.
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