Print industry insights

August 4th, 2014, Published in Articles: PositionIT


James de Waal

James de Waal

Canon was one of several printing companies at the first FESPA Africa expo, a consolidation of Sign Africa and the Visual Communications Africa Expo, which took place in July in Johannesburg. Dan Porter, Head of business imaging for Canon SA, opened Canon’s press conference, stating that even with the move to digital, print remains a key component of most businesses.

James de Waal, sales and marketing manager for Canon SA, released the 2014 Insight Report, an independent report the company has been conducting since 2008 that looks into the buying patterns of consumers and help printers evaluate business decisions. The report, printed in a photo book format, has been researched and compiled by RS Consulting, and states among other things, that 92% of customers are still “pro print”, saying it still critical to their business. 87% of respondents see an increase in print buying, with 84% believing it will continue to increase.

The company also unveiled their latest commercial printer in the product range, the C800, which is ideally suited to work in a central reproduction graphic department. Geoff Hobbin, European Business Development manager, gave a detailed rundown of this light production colour press. The ImagePress C800 prints 80 pages per minute, uses single-phase power, and comes with other technological improvements. The machine’s twin belt fusing technology has 300 g duplex support, and comes with paper curl correction.

The press conference was closed with a product tour of the Canon iPF6450; Canon iPF8400S; iR ADV C5255i; iR 8295; DP135 and the imagePRESS C7011VP and the C800. Océ solutions were also showcased, including the Océ Arizona 318 White Ink Option, Colorwave 650, Plotwave 360 and Varioprint 6250. The printers on display were aimed at print and marketing service providers, in-house print managers and marketers.

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