To establish a robust financial structure that is resistant to global economic fluctuations, Canon is implementing a new production system that is capable of generating higher profits.

Automated production of toner cartridges

Since 1998, Canon has endeavored to innovate production and development operations to maximize profitability. These efforts have included a thorough re-examination of production processes at our factories worldwide. Key initiatives have been the strengthening of domestic mother factories by promoting a higher ratio of production in Japan and the integration of design, procurement, production-engineering and manufacturingtechnology operations, along with the implementation of automated production systems.

In-house production at the Toride Plant

Canon has already automated production lines for toner cartridges and interchangeable lens units, yielding significant cost reductions. Next, we aim to fully automate camera production and implement automation in other businesses. Moving ahead with advanced robotics, the Internet of Things (IoT), big data, artificial intelligence and other nextgeneration technologies, Canon is focused on the future of production.

Architectural rendering of new Techno Wing R&D facility at Oita Canon

Evolution of Canon

1970s Conveyer belt system
1998 Nagahama Canon adopts cell production system for printer production
2000 Oita Canon introduces full-fledged cell production for digital camera production
2001 In-house Production Advisory Committee formed to promote in-house production of core parts
2002 (year end) Conversion to cell production at factories worldwide completed
2010 (approx.) Changeover to man-machine cell production system; reduces manpower needs per assembly line
2013 Automated assembly for some lens parts introduced
2018 Target date for complete automation of camera assembly

Canon Group Business Performance