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Global R&D

The Canon Group conducts business in more than 220 countries and regions around the world. Today, sales outside of Japan account for more than 80% of Canon’s consolidated net sales.
To ensure that the research work from Canon’s global R&D locations expands into businesses, the Canon’s developers actively collaborate with and engage in exchanges with external research institutes.

2018/12/27Activity introductions

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Global R&D


Canon Research Centre France S.A.S.
Rennes, France
Research themes: Wired & Wireless communications, video transmission, video coding, and video surveillance
Research: Development of network and communication technologies, video data processing & coding technologies, and multi-camera system technologies, with International Standard contribution


Healthcare Optics Research Lab. (Canon U.S.A.)
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Research themes: Biomedical optical imaging, medical robotics
Research: Development of an ultra-miniature endoscope and needle-guiding system that employ micro-optical processing technologies, diffractive optical element simulations, and optical design technologies

Canon’s R&D Sites in Japan

  • Headquarters

    R&D Areas
    Development of digital cameras, etc.

  • Yako Office

    Development of inkjet printers, large-format printers and inkjet chemical products

  • Kawasaki Office

    R&D Areas
    R&D on production equipment and dies; R&D on semiconductor devices, etc.
    Network camera development

  • Tamagawa Office

    Development of quality management technologies

  • Kosugi Office

    Development of software for office imaging products

  • Hiratsuka Plant

    Development of displays and micro devices

  • Ayase Plant

    Development of semiconductor devices

  • Fuji-Susono Research Park

    R&D in electrophotographic technologies

  • Utsunomiya Office
    • Utsunomiya Optical Products Plant

      Development of semiconductor lithography equipment and FPD lithography equipment

    • Optics R&D Center

      R&D in optical technologies

  • Toride Plant

    R&D in electrophotographic technologies

* Medical devices are developed at the Kosugi Office, Canon Medical, and other locations.

Three Regional Headquarters Management System: Aiming to Create New Business Sectors

Aiming to expand the company’s innovation centers, which are responsible for cultivating business domains, beyond just Japan to include Europe and the United States, Canon is working toward the establishment of a Three Regional Headquarters management system. Canon aims to leverage the characteristics and capabilities unique to these three regions—Japan, the U.S. and Europe—undertaking basic research, applied research and other R&D to create new businesses in the future.
In the United States, Canon’s Healthcare Optics Research Lab (HORL) conducts collaborative research with Harvard-affiliated medical institutions on applied optical technologies for the medical field.
In Europe, Océ is developing technologies in collaboration with Canon in Japan that involve ink and processes for commercial printing.


Working out collaborative details

Industry-Academia Alliances Pursue Cutting-Edge Optical Technology through Collaborative Research

To strengthen its research and development, Canon is bolstering ties with universities. In 2007, the company jointly established the Center for Optical Research & Education (CORE) in Japan with Utsunomiya University to support optical engineer training and research on state-of-the-art optical technologies.
In 2015, Canon joined the Japanese government’s Impulsing PAradigm Change through disruptive Technologies program (ImPACT) to verify the clinical value of photoacoustic equipment developed in collaboration with Kyoto University. Canon will continue promoting joint research with universities and research organizations in Japan and abroad across a wide spectrum of domains aimed at advancing and commercializing science and technology.

Study-Abroad Program at Overseas Universities Improves Language Skills and Technical Abilities

Since 1984, Canon has offered its engineers a study-abroad program as part of it global R&D efforts, aiming to nurture international engineers and acquire technologies that will play a central role in Canon’s future.
Engineers who participate in this program study cutting-edge or specialized technologies for two years at a university overseas. To date, more than 90 Canon engineers have studied abroad at more than 40 universities, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (U.S.A.), Carnegie Mellon University (U.S.A.) and the University of Cambridge (U.K.).

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