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Canon Europe signs distribution agreement with Duplo
Ilse Jurriën : April 11th 2006 - 00:50 CET
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CanonCanon Europe signs distribution agreement with Duplo : As further testament to its market commitment and complete solutions offering, Canon Europe, world leader in digital imaging technology, has today announced it has signed yet another pan-European distribution agreement, this time with leading print finishing solutions provider, Duplo International. Under the terms of the agreement, Canon will now add Duplo’s digital finishing solutions range to its portfolio, which will be available across Europe. As part of its increasing presence in the digital market, the partnership with Duplo will enable Canon to provide an even more comprehensive range of complete digital finishing solutions.
Canon Europe signs distribution agreement with DuploPrinters - Workflow process
Designed to complement the existing in-line finishing range available with Canon hardware, such as the Canon iR 7105 and the new imagePRESS C7000VP, Duplo’s solutions will enable printers to streamline the workflow process, increase productivity and efficiency, as well as produce, professional, high-quality printed products to customers to maintain a competitive edge.

Mark Lawn - Printed products
Mark Lawn, European Solutions Manager, Professional Print, Canon Europe, says: “For print businesses, it is not purely about printing, it is about providing printed products that meet customer standards and requirements. We are really excited about our partnership with Duplo as there are many synergies between the two organisations. Duplo is known as a market innovator and is leading the way in the digital market, just as we are increasing our presence in this space with the launch of our C1 and C7000VP devices.”

Duplo - Digital & Lithographic printing environment
Duplo provides finishing equipment for both the digital and lithographic printing environments, including automated in-line, near-line, and off-line solutions such as collators, bookletmakers, and perfect binders. The company provides equipment for a range of environments such as high-volume production, corporate reprographic and office sectors.

Peter Jolly - Industry demand
Peter Jolly, marketing manager for Duplo International, says: “Duplo is proud to be associated with Canon as it is such a reputable brand and it expects to further broaden its market presence via Canon’s established distribution channel. As well as consolidating the supply chain, the partnership will allow us to respond to industry demand by providing integrated, modular print/finishing systems, which enhance user friendliness by providing greater automation throughout the print-line.

Digital print process - Interface standard
“Duplo supplies the broadest range of finishing equipment available today, meaning it is the natural choice to support Canon’s growing digital portfolio. In addition, Duplo has played a major role in the development and implementation of in-line and near-line JDF/UP3i compatible finishing systems. Further to the developments in this field, our aim moving forward is to work with Canon to promote greater product standardisation throughout the industry. The objective is to create an open and expandable intelligent interface standard for all hardware components in the digital print process, which will ultimately increase efficiency and profitability for the printer.”

Digital market - Professional industry
Continued Lawn: “UP³I is an extremely important standard and we see Duplo’s involvement as a positive endorsement towards driving the digital market forward. The future of the professional industry hinges on increasing efficiency and productivity in order to maximise a return on investment and we see unified standards and complete solutions to be instrumental in supporting our customers in achieving these goals.”

Canon Europe - Partnerships
Canon Europe believes partnerships to be crucial and has recently announced various pan-European agreements with a range of solutions providers including EFI, NexPress, Objectif Lune and Pelagon. Partnerships with these organisations mean that Canon’s customers will be able to benefit from complete workflow solutions that increase productivity, streamline the job submission process, reduce lead times and maximise return on investment. Canon also continues to develop its existing range of solutions, such as the colour management portfolio, through the relationship with GretagMacbeth and its workflow partnership with NT-ware.

Canon - Professional print market
To ensure businesses are getting the best out of their solutions, Canon has also designed its customer-dedicated services to support the specific needs of the professional print market. Providing bespoke professional support and guidance, the service offers printers information and strategic advice on how to realise their business goals. In addition, Canon offers high standards of installation, training and maintenance services structured to support maximum uptime and quality, enabling print businesses to remain profitable.

About Canon Europa
Canon is a world-leading innovator and provider of imaging and information technology solutions for individuals and businesses. A subsidiary of Canon Inc. of Japan, Canon Europa is the operational headquarters for Canon in Europe and is based in Amstelveen, the Netherlands. Canon Europa supports the activities of the entire Canon in Europe organisation, including all the national sales organisations based in countries throughout Europe. The main focus for Canon in Europe business activity is in two clearly defined markets: Business Solutions (developing IT products, solutions and services for both the office and professional print environments) and Consumer Imaging (Input solutions: photography, video and digital camera; and Output solutions: Bubble Jet Printers). Canon Europa employs almost 500 people in Amsterdam.

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