Page 2: The Canon story
Canon was founded in Japan in 1933, and first made its name in the 1930s as a producer of cameras. It became associated with high levels of innovation and product development, and in 1964 it branched out to produce the Canola 130, the world's first 10-key electronic calculator.
During the 1960s Canon became a truly international company with exports accounting for 50of sales. In 1968 the company moved into photocopying and by the mid 1970s Canon was producing laser printers. During the 1980s and 1990s the company continued to innovate, developing high grade computer systems and more sophisticated cameras, copiers and digital imaging systems.
Increasingly the company has focused on developing environmentally friendly technologies, producing recyclable copiers and other equipment.
Today Canon is known for providing state-of-the-art integrated IT and office solutions, as well as top class photography and imaging systems. In the UK, Canon is an industry leader in imaging products and services for digital environments, both in the office and at home. Canon's technology is designed to enable companies and individuals to achieve their goals '- an objective which is encapsulated in the company's "You Can" philosophy.