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Canon moves into launch phase with new technology

Thursday, 19 October 2006
By Print21
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Test units are completing two-months of calibration procedures for Australian conditions at the company’s North Ryde showroom with orders now being taken for delivery next month.

According to Steven Brown, market manager, production and graphic arts, Canon Australia, initial response has been very encouraging and while he will not talk numbers he maintains there is a waiting list for the new machines. He is targeting the engine at production proofing users, photo labs, and the short run print-for-pay market.

The C1 in the forerunner of the 70 ppm imagePRESS C7000VP, due to arrive early next year, that Canon has pinned its hopes on the make a big impact on the production printing sector. The imagePRESS family of products represents a major investment by Canon, which will shape its portfolio for years to come. The company claims a significant differential in image quality due to the use of a rubberized offset imaging belt as well as unique oiless 5.5 micron toner.

“Of course we can match colours, everyone can do that, but the imagePRESS produces offset style printing. It looks and feels like offset printing,” said Brown. “When the imagePRESS prints on gloss stock the result is gloss imaging. The same with matte or semi-gloss. Printers who have seen the samples are amazed at the high quality of the images. The imagePRESS delivers the most consistent colour of any machine.”

With Canon determined to compete across all sectors of the digital printing industry after having waited so long for the product to arrive, printers can expect a very competitive marketplace in 2007.

imagePRESS C1

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