The History of Canon 1962 - 1975
First five-year plan
History of Enterprise
History of Products
- Canon develops its first five-year plan in preparation for full-fledged entry into the business machine market.
- Canon Latin America, the company's sole distributor for Latin America, is established in Panama.
- Canon SA Geneva is established. By abolishing the sole-distributor system, Canon moves to a new sales system, with outlets under the direct control of the headquarters in Tokyo.
- Canon starts work on optical fiber development.
- An X-ray mirror camera is introduced.
- Tamagawa factory (today, the Tamagawa Office) opens, producing 8 mm movie cameras and lenses.
- The Canola 130, the world's first 10-key electronic calculator, is introduced.
- Canon U.S.A., Inc., is established.
- Canon enters the copying machine field with the introduction of the Canofax 1000.
- The 30th anniversary slogan -"Cameras in the Right Hand, Business Machines in the Left"- is announced.
- The ratio of exports to net sales surpasses 50%.
- Canon Latin America, Inc., is established.
- Canon Business Machines Sales, Inc. (today, Canon Marketing Japan) is established in Japan.
- Canon Amsterdam N.V. (today, Canon Europa N.V.) is established.
- The Canon NP System, the original electro-photography technology, is introduced and Canon enters the plain-paper copier (PPC) market.
- Canon Electronics is successful in the mass production of four-track, four-channel stereo recording heads.
- The company's name is changed to Canon Inc.
- Canon Camera Sales Co., Inc., is founded for Japanese marketing.
- The Canon Research Center is established in Meguro, Tokyo.
- Fukushima Canon Inc. is established as a camera manufacturing plant.
- The world's first lens employing fluorite is introduced.
- Canon Inc., Taiwan, Canon’s first manufacturing facility outside of Japan, is established.
- Canon enters the market for personal calculators.
- The NP-1100, Japan's first PPC, is introduced.
- The PPC-1, Japan's first mask aligner, is introduced.
- Canon Business Machines Sales, Inc., and Canon Camera Sales Co., Ltd., merge to form Canon Sales Co., Inc.
- The Canon F-1, a top-end SLR camera, and FD lenses are introduced.
- The BP-1000 billing machine is introduced. Canon enters the field of office computers.
- Canon Giessen GmbH, Canon’s first European manufacturing site, is established in Germany.
- The NP-70, the world's first PPC with the liquid-dry system, is introduced.
- Canon Deutschland GmbH is established.
- Japan's first full-color PPC is introduced.
- A macro zoom lens for cinematography wins an Academy Award in the science and technology category from the U.S. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
- Takeo Maeda is appointed president of Canon Inc.
- Canon Business Machines, Inc., is established in California, U.S.A.
- Optron, Inc. (today, Canon Optron, Inc.) is established.
- The Canonac 100 and 500 office computers are introduced.
- The Communicator, a portable "tape-writer" for the speech impaired, is announced.
- Canon initiates sales of the Optacon, an electronic reader for the blind.
- Canon France S.A.S. is established.
- Canon succeeds in developing a laser printer.