The History of Canon 1988 - 1995
The First Global Corporation Plan

History of Enterprise
History of Products
  • Canon announces its second inauguration with the launch of the First Global Corporation Plan, which introduces the corporate philosophy of kyosei.
  • Canon Research Centre Europe Ltd. is established in the U.K.
  • Canon Opto (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. is established.
  • Canon Business Machines de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. is established.
  • Nagahama Canon Inc. is established in Japan.
  • Canon becomes the first Japanese company to qualify for an in-house certification system using the CSA mark (Canadian electrical safety standard).
  • PC series personal-use copying machine production reaches 2 million units.
  • The Color Bubble Jet Copier A1 is introduced.
  • Sales of Canon’s optical disk system commence.
  • Sales commence for the FAX 705, with Canon’s GENESIS digital image-processing technology.
  • The RC-760 still video camera incorporating a 600,000 pixel CCD, the world's largest, is introduced.
  • The Q-PIC floppy disk camera is introduced.
  • Keizo Yamaji is appointed president of Canon Inc.
    Keizo Yamaji

    Keizo Yamaji

  • Canon acquires equity in NeXT Inc. of the U.S., in exchange for sales rights for the Far East.
  • Canon Dalian Business Machines, Inc., is established in the PRC.
  • NP copying machine production reaches 5 million units.
  • The CLC-500 color laser copying machine is introduced.


  • The Ai Note IN-3000, a PDA with handwritten input capability, is introduced.
  • The EOS-1, a top-of-the-line autofocus SLR camera, is introduced.
  • The A1 (A1Hi in other regions), an 8 mm video camcorder with high-end specifications, is introduced.
  • Canon forms the Environment Assurance Promotion Committee.
  • Canon launches its toner cartridge recycling system.
  • Canon Information Systems Research Australia Pty. Ltd. is established.
  • Canon Information Systems R&D Europe Ltd. (today, Canon Research Centre France S.A.S.) is established.
  • Canon Zhuhai, Inc. is established in the PRC.
  • Canon Hi-Tech (Thailand) Ltd. is established.
  • Niigata Canotech Co., Inc. (today, Canon Imaging Systems Inc.) is established.
  • The NP9800, the world's first high-speed copying machine to incorporate fuzzy logic, is introduced.
  • The BJ-10v notebook-size inkjet printer is introduced.


  • The Canofile 250, an electronic filing system using magneto-optical disks, is introduced.
  • The FPA-2000i1, an i-line stepper, is introduced.
  • Canon wins the first Chairman's Award from the National Geographic Society for commencing the collection and recycling of toner cartridges.
  • Canon succeeds in developing the world's first display based on ferroelectric liquid crystal display (FLCD) technology.
  • The L1 (EX1Hi in other regions), an 8 mm video camcorder with interchangeable lenses conforming to the VL-mount standard, is introduced.
  • Canon Seiko Co., Ltd. and Canon Chemical Co., Inc. merge to form Canon Chemicals Inc.
  • Canon Electronic Business Machines (H.K.) Co., Ltd. begins operations.
  • Laser printer production reaches 10 million units.
  • Toner cartridge production reaches 100 million units.
  • Canon develops world's first 1-chip LSI featuring complete conformance with the JBIG (Joint Bilevel Image Group) advanced digital image compression scheme.
  • Canon and the NHK Engineering Service Foundation jointly develop a high-speed camera conforming to the Hi-Vision format.
  • The CLC550, the world's first copying machine with anti-forgery technology, is introduced.
  • The GP55, a digital copying machine combining superior image quality with computer compatibility, is introduced.
  • Sales begin for the NP6030 copying machine, with an ecological design.
  • Canon’s first full-color inkjet printer, BJC-820, is introduced.
  • The EOS 5, the world's first eye-controlled AF SLR camera, is introduced.
  • The T10G-RF, a video camcorder lens with image stabilizer using Canon’s Vari-Angle Prism, is introduced.
  • Hajime Mitarai is appointed president of Canon Inc.
    Hajime Mitarai

    Hajime Mitarai

  • The Second Global Corporation Plan is initiated.
  • Canon Group Environmental Charter is established.
  • Copying machine production reaches 10 million units.
  • Canon and IBM Japan, Ltd. jointly develop the world's first notebook-size personal computer with a built-in printer.
  • The Pixel Jet S, a full-color inkjet copying machine, is introduced.
  • The EOS REBEL XS (EOS 500 in other regions), a lightweight, compact SLR camera with built-in flash, is introduced.
  • Canon and IBM Corp. of the U.S. form tie-ups for the development and production of small computers using the PowerPC range of chips.
  • The 5,000th mask aligner is produced.
  • Inkjet printer production reaches 10 million units.
  • The Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation rewards Canon with the Imperial Award for Innovations for its Bubble Jet printing system.
  • The world's first automatic-duplexing color laser copying machine, the CLC800, is introduced.
  • The Movie Boy E1 video camcorder with eye-controlled focusing and optical image stabilizer is introduced.
  • Fujio Mitarai is appointed president of Canon Inc.
    Fujio Mitarai

    Fujio Mitarai

  • Canon forms the CS (customer satisfaction) Promotion Committee.
  • Canon, in a first for a Japanese company, earns certification under the BS7750 international environmental standard for its Ami and Ueno plants.
  • Custom Integrated Technology, Inc., a remanufacturing site for copying machines, is established in Virginia, U.S.A.
  • Toner cartridge collection reaches 10 million units.
  • After a 34-year hiatus, Canon reenters the binocular market with its 12 x 36 IS model, which compensates for hand-shake by incorporating Canon’s Vari-Angle Prism.
  • Canon’s first digital SLR camera, EOS DCS 3, is introduced.
  • The world's first FLCD is commercialized.
  • The EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, the world's first camera lens with image stabilizer, is introduced.
  • The CLC1000, a high-speed, full-color copying machine with four photosensitive drums, is introduced.


  • The SURE SHOT DEL SOL (PRIMA SOL in other regions), the world's first fully solar-powered camera, is introduced.