This Week in Imaging: Canon Kicks Off New Year with New Speciality and 3D Printers, Patent-Recognition, Promotions, More

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This week was marked with some interesting updates from Canon, including new hardware, patent-recognition, and an interesting interview with Canon’s chairman and CEO.

On the hardware front, Canon introduced its new family of desktop inkjet- and dye-sub label and card printers, and launched an entry-level 3D printer for the Chinese market – Canon also has a 3D printer for rapid prototyping and manufacturing, but that hasn’t hit the market yet.

Meanwhile, Canon Inc. Chairman and CEO Fujio Mitarai ​told the Nikkei Asian Review that while 2017 was a strong year for Canon office-imaging equipment and cameras, it will continue to diversify, including into medical imaging and factory equipment – the former exemplified by its recent acquisition of Toshiba Medical Systems (now called Canon Medical Systems). At the same time, Canon remains a leader, if not the leader, in U.S. sales of A3 copier/MFPs – at least for 2016, when it was the leader in U.S. A3 sales with 26-percent market share (see story here).

Finally, Canon released findings that it ranked the third-highest for the number of U.S. patents awarded in 2017, making it the only company in the world to have ranked in the top five for 32 years running, a remarkable achievement.

Office-Imaging News

Under Pressure from Icahn and Seeking New Growth, Xerox May be Negotiating Deal with Fujifilm – Read more here.

Canon Rolls Out New Family of Color Inkjet Dye- and Pigment-Ink Card and Label Printers – Read more here.

Canon Launches Refillable Ink-Tank Printers in U.K. – Read more here.

Xerox and Partners to Discuss Cybersecurity at Xerox Security Summit – Read more here.

Commercial- and Production-Printing News

Ricoh Launches New Under-$5,000 Desktop Garment Printer- Read more here.

Financial News

Canon CEO Reports Strong Year; Company Also Expanding into New Businesses – Read more here.

Legal Briefs

New ‘Patent Troll’ Midwest Athletics Files Lawsuits Against Xerox and Ricoh – Read more here.

3D-Printing News

IDC Forecasts Worldwide Spending on 3D Printing to Reach Nearly $12 Billion in 2018 – Read more here.

Amazon Obtains 3d-Printing Production System Patent – Read more here.


Taiwan’s General Plastic Completes Acquisition of Katun – Read more here.

Datamax Acquires East Texas Copy Systems – Read more here.

Other News

Canon Again Ranked Third in Number of U.S. Patents Obtained in 2017 – Read more here.

Executive-Management News

Canon U.S.A. Announces New Executive Appointments – Read more here.

Former Lenovo Exec Kinlaw to Join Lexmark – Read more here.

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