Canon Wins Pacesetter Award from Keypoint Intelligence in Wide Format Sustainability for Product Innovation Across its Portfolio
SINGAPORE, 8 February 2024 — Canon announced today that it has been awarded the Buyers Lab (BLI) 2024-2025 Pacesetter Award in Wide Format Sustainability: Product Innovation from Keypoint Intelligence. This prestigious accolade acknowledges Canon as the leading company supporting environmental improvements and initiatives in the wide format printing systems market through product innovation, across its complete portfolio.
In its extensive research of the global wide format printing systems market, Keypoint Intelligence identified Canon's outstanding commitment to sustainability through innovative features across its wide format print devices.
As part of the assessment, Keypoint Intelligence invited all leading document imaging companies to complete an exhaustive questionnaire detailing their environmental efforts and programs in a range of sustainability areas, including business operations, products, recycling, and goal tracking. Participating companies were also asked to make key personnel available for in-depth interviews with the Keypoint Intelligence analyst team to give a complete picture of their sustainability strategies. After gathering this data, analysts used a proprietary rating scale to determine the Pacesetter Award winners.
Canon's commitment to innovation in sustainable wide format printing technology is evident not only in its extensive portfolio, featuring the Colorado, Arizona, PlotWave and ColorWave lines of printers, but also in its award-winning CrystalPoint and UVgel ink technology.
Through innovation, Canon actively strives to minimise the overall impact of its products throughout the complete product lifecycle. This starts with R&D and development – being engineered into the design and use – and continues all the way to end of life and the reuse, refurbishment and remanufacturing of products and parts.
Furthermore, Canon is consistently adopting energy-efficient LED curing technologies throughout its portfolio and with Canon’s award-winning, proprietary UVgel ink technology, customers can benefit from up to 40% less ink consumption compared with competitive technologies. UVgel technology also operates and produces output with zero volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions or hazardous air pollutants.
Canon designs its products with the circular economy in mind to contribute to a waste-less society. By innovatively designing its printers and products to be modular and for greater longevity, they are upgradable, enabling them to stay operational for longer, rather than being seen as disposable devices with a limited lifetime.
Martijn van Hoorn, Senior Vice President Research & Development at Canon Production Printing, comments:
“Being awarded the Wide Format Sustainability Award for Product Innovation by Keypoint Intelligence acknowledges the innovative developments we’ve made in designing our wide format printing systems portfolio to be a sustainable solution our customers can rely on. At Canon, we operate according to the philosophy of Kyosei – a Japanese word that means ‘living and working together for the common good’. This philosophy is deeply ingrained in the way we design and develop our products. Product innovation is key in any R&D centre around the world, and we have actively defined sustainability and environmental impact as a key requirement for our future portfolio. This has led to numerous small and significant innovations that you see in every new product we release, most recently with the launch of our Colorado M-series with its modular design and in-field upgradability."
“We passionately believe this long-term strategy will change the way large format graphics and other applications are being produced for the better, and will benefit our customers and the wider society.”
“With growing focus on the environment and increasing regulations to reduce environmental impact, there is a strong driving force to prompt businesses and consumers alike to shift towards more sustainable large format printing practices,” said Katsuya (Kurt) Tode, Director, Regional Commercial and Industrial Printing, Canon Singapore. “These awards exemplify our continued commitment towards developing innovative technology that support our customers in taking their business to the next level, today and in the future.”
Eric Zimmerman, Principal Analyst and Director Wide Format Printing at Keypoint Intelligence, emphasises the significance of partnering with environmentally conscious manufacturers like Canon Production Printing, "Businesses have seen the results of becoming more eco-friendly, and by partnering with manufacturers like Canon, which are dedicated to environmental friendliness and place that central in their innovation, you are that much closer to achieving better sustainability."
For more information about Canon's sustainability initiatives and its wide format printing portfolio, please visit https://global.canon/en/csr/ and https://graphiplaza.cpp.canon/sustainability-2/.
About Keypoint Intelligence
For over 60 years, clients in the digital imaging industry have relied on Keypoint Intelligence for independent hands-on testing, lab data, and extensive market research to drive their product and sales success. Keypoint Intelligence has been recognised as the industry’s most trusted resource for unbiased information, analysis, and awards due to decades of analyst experience. Customers have harnessed this mission-critical knowledge for strategic decision-making, daily sales enablement, and operational excellence to improve business goals and increase bottom lines. With a central focus on clients, Keypoint Intelligence continues to evolve as the industry changes by expanding offerings and updating methods, while intimately understanding and serving manufacturers’, channels’, and their customers’ transformation in the digital printing and imaging sector.
About BLI Pacesetter Awards
Based on exhaustive questionnaires, in-depth interviews, and a proprietary rating scale, Buyers Lab Pacesetter Awards from Keypoint Intelligence recognise those document imaging OEMs that have shown market leadership in a variety of categories, including technologies, services, and key vertical markets.
About Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd.
Canon is a global leader in photographic and digital imaging solutions. Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd. is the headquarters for South & Southeast Asia driving sales, marketing and service strategies. Besides handling the domestic market, the company covers 22 other countries and regions including subsidiaries in India, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. The parent company Canon Inc. has a global network of more than 300 companies and employs about 180,000 people worldwide. Canon is guided by its kyosei philosophy that focuses on living and working together for the common good.
More information is available at https://asia.canon.