In 2010 two of the printing industries largest players – Canon and Océ – announced plans to merge with Canon taking over Océ North America. That announcement has officially come to fruition with the launch of Canon Solutions America, Inc., on January 1st of this New Year. The new company reports to Canon U.S.A. and combines the best of both companies to offer a depth of sales and support for Canon and Océ hardware, software and services targeting general office, production print and large format markets.
While this is major industry news, what does it mean for customers of both companies, print providers, and marketing service providers? I’ve tried to sum up a few key areas below:
- Increased Focus on R&D. Canon and Océ product strengths complement each other in that Canon is strong in office printers while Océ is a market leader in continuous feed, high-volume, and wide format printers. Canon has shown a large commitment to funding R&D which will benefit all product lines and allow the companies to build on each other’s strengths.
- Service. Océ is known for its quick response times and exemplary servicing practices to average 98% uptime. Canon production customers will now benefit from this and receive the same promise of efficiency and uptime.
- Workflow. Océ PRISMA® workflow software has been greatly successful in on-demand printing environments. Now the software will be available for both Canon and Océ product… handling new job types in shorter run lengths with the ability to support converging offset and variable data applications
- Financing. Canon brings financial strength to the table which means more options for financing and leasing printing equipment – this goes for both Canon and Océ product lines.
Those are just a few things to be on the lookout for as the new Canon Solutions America, Inc. establishes itself in the printing market as the combined force of two well-respected companies. Only time will tell if Canon and Océ are truly, “stronger together”.