Our Partnership with Canon Drives Innovation for Customers

By | September 2, 2013

Post by Dave Johannes. 

Earlier this month, Canon U.S.A. celebrated the grand opening of its new 700,000 square-foot Canon Americas Headquarters in Melville, New York. I was invited to speak on behalf of IWCO Direct as the voice of a Canon customer. The event gained the interest of customers, state and local officials, industry analysts and members of the press, all of whom were welcomed by Canon and given a tour of the facility along with a sneak peak at products and services that Canon will be launching in the coming months.

Dave Johannes

Canon executives, Fujio Mitarai, chairman and CEO of Canon Inc., and Joe Adachi, president and CEO of Canon U.S.A., spoke about Canon’s enterprise, large format and production printing businesses. The event’s purpose was to allow the press and analysts to gain a further understanding of the company’s breadth of consumer, business-to-business and industrial digital imaging solutions. You can read a full report on the new era at Canon U.S.A at Whattheythink.com.

Canon is known as a leader in digital imaging solutions and has produced some of the greatest printers used today, like the Océ ColorStream® 3900, a printer we recently installed at our Chanhassen campus. This printing system not only enhances our continuous digital capacity, it expands our color gamut and gives us the ability to match a wider range of PMS colors through the new Océ premium pigment ink set.

Being in Melville and seeing the upgrades and innovations that Canon is making reminded me how vital our strong partnership is to the advancement of our businesses. Over the years, Canon has been able to provide us with cutting-edge technology and workflow tools to support our own growth and innovation as we have significantly expanded our digital capacity and capabilities..

I was asked by InfoTrends about the future of digital technology. I noted that the market for color digital presses is hot. At the velocity of adoption which color digital printing has reached, it is no longer good enough to have a great press. The new requirement is a user-friendly press that is supported by a seamlessly integrated workflow. As our clients discover new ways to leverage full variability using color, images and text, the ability to rapidly and efficiently assemble the assets and proof the output prior to production is critical.

The partnership IWCO Direct has with Canon provides mutual benefits. Their Océ devices and workflows help us create products that meet the evolving needs of our customers. In turn, we push Canon to bring us new ideas, so we are ready to meet the future needs of our customers. As we continue to expand our digital platform, we look forward to seeing what new technologies Canon will be able to offer us to better serve our customers.

 Dave Johannes is Vice President of Digital Print and Mailing Operations at IWCO Direct. Richland College and Greenville Technical College. IWCO Direct team member for more than seven years. 35-year veteran of the Industry. Graphic Communications Innovator Award and Allan J. Williamson Continuous Improvement Award winner. Personal business philosophy: “Provide leadership based on the principles and courage required to live the change and drive the results we strive for.” Loves wine tastings and cooking with his wife. Texas Rangers fan. 

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