The so-called "new normal" includes growing demand for remote working and co-working spaces. At the same time, the lifestyles and workstyles of people who previously worked in offices are becoming more diverse.
There is growing demand for printing at any work place. Yet, the value of hard-copy printing, which supports the intellectual activity of human beings both for the enjoyment of life and for collaborative work, remains unchanged.
Canon offers two main digital printing technologies, electrophotography and inkjet, both of which the company has developed from the ground up. As IT development progresses and society shifts more towards cloud computing, Canon will further enhance its security and content-on-demand technology for anytime printing so people can print various content instantly and safely from anywhere.
The digital transformation (DX) in office work is accelerating across many industries. In the first stage of DX, which involved the digitization of paper documents, Canon developed network-enabled office multifunction devices (OMDs) offering quieter operation and high-speed scanning. Later on, Canon seamlessly integrated its multifunction devices with cloud services, which serve to reduce the workloads and improve the workflows of its customers. In such ways, Canon continues to create new value for the DX age.
As time spent at home has increased, so has home printer use. Canon's print management technology, originally cultivated for office use, has been revamped for home use with greater focus on security. Offering a wide lineup of large-capacity inkjet printers and small-sized laser printers, Canon is committed to ensuring a full-functioning printing environment for the home.
In response to demand for short-run production, quick turnaround times and variable data printing, which allows individual pages to be customized, the field of digital printing has grown to encompass the production of books, catalogs, posters, transactional applications and more.
Canon's expansive lineup of printers includes continuous feed presses that provide over 100 meters-per-minute high-speed printing on paper rolls; sheet-fed presses that print on standard size paper; and large-format printers for media such as posters. Canon remains focused on providing a lineup of printers that accommodates a wide range of business needs.
Industrial printing encompasses the printing of labels and packaging for food, beverages and household items; wallpaper and building materials; and film wrap that serves as an alternative to painting. Digital printing's share of the print market is growing. Canon has produced many highly praised systems including label printers and large-format printers that employ UVgel ink, which has excellent durability. Together with Canon Production Printing, Canon will continue to expand its business by creating high-quality, high-productivity digital printers for industrial printing.