In their latest analyses of placements of the Continuous Feed and the Sheet Fed Inkjet Heavy Production Printing Segments, market research companies Infosource and Keypoint Intelligence have both confirmed that Canon now holds the largest market share in EMEA. According to the Keypoint Intelligence Quarterly tracker, while Canon has retained its leading position in Continuous Feed inkjet for the 11th consecutive year, with a 43% share in 2020, it now also holds the number one spot for the Sheet Fed Inkjet Heavy Production Printing Segment with a 40% share.
Following the launch of the varioPRINT iX-series in April 2020, Canon has seen an increase in sales of its B3 sheetfed inkjet presses, which correlates with the new market-leading position. Joining the existing VarioPrint i-series product family, the varioPRINT iX-series has proven to be a popular investment option for commercial print customers and online printers, thanks to its outstanding offset like quality, high reliable throughput and sheetfed application flexibility.
The success in the continuous feed inkjet market has always been driven by the ColorStream series. Now in its third generation, the demand for the ColorStream 3000, 3000Z and 6000 series continues to be extremely positive and many customers have commented on its high reliability, productivity and enhanced output, all of which have been determining qualities in its 1 500 installations.
In 2018 and 2020 retrospectively, Canon further built on its proven successes in the continuous feed market with the launch of the high-speed ProStream 1000 and 1800 presses. With maximum speeds of 80m/min (ProStream 1000) and 133m/min (ProStream 1800), the printer series has been recognised for reaching the highest resolution and print quality of any digital printing press at that speed, enabling customers to achieve maximum performance.
Hennie Kruger, Head of Commercial Print at Canon South Africa, comments: “Canon’s continuous investment in R&D makes this possible. The result is a large range of inkjet hardware solutions that keeps pushing the boundaries on quality, reliability and customer experience. Focusing on our customers’ solutions that help them to improve efficiencies, expand their application possibilities, meet customer demands and grow their business. With that in mind, we are confident that our technology, combined with premium service and support, sets us apart from the competition and boosts customer confidence when investing in Canon’s inkjet presses. We are proud that we have once again been acknowledged as the market leader for continuous feed inkjet and, for the first time, have also been recognised for leading the way with our sheetfed inkjet presses. As a market leader, Canon will continue to push the boundaries of our print application capabilities and value chain savings to the commercial print market.”