Canon has reported the expansion of its Poing-based manufacturing facility in Munich, Germany. By concentrating flatbed manufacturing in one location in close proximity to its inkjet R&D teams, Canon aims to accelerate future innovation to benefit customers in the graphic arts and industrial printing markets.
Canon already manufactures Océ Arizona flatbed printers at the Poing site, so the consolidation of all production in one location will leverage the inkjet technology expertise and established infrastructure in Europe. Both the manufacturing workforce in Poing and the Venlo, Netherlands-based R&D team, are being expanded to support the transfer of manufacturing from Vancouver, Canada.
The enhanced production line, which includes special tooling, routing and climate-controlled facilities for the assembly of sensitive components, was fully operational by the end of September 2018. Canon aims to increase flatbed production by over 30%, completing three Océ Arizona printers a day from October 2018.
This growth in manufacturing output is supported by upgraded prototyping laboratories and testing facilities in Venlo, and an expanded network of suppliers in Europe and the Americas to extend Canon’s global supply chain for its wide format solutions. The move to Poing will shorten lead times from order to delivery and installation for European customers, as well as harmonising service and support.
Jeppe Frandsen, Canon Europe Executive vice president commented, ‘By moving all flatbed production to a centralised European facility, we aim to build on our strong market position, cultivate new ideas and fuel innovation. This will ensure that the Océ Arizona series continues to play a pivotal role in enabling customers to evolve with an ever-changing market, for example by enhancing their productivity and accessing new application opportunities.’
Since the launch of the Océ Arizona flatbed printer series over a decade ago, Canon’s continuous innovation in flatbed technology has enabled customers to explore new revenue streams beyond traditional signage and graphics products, and take advantage of the trend in mass customisation. There are currently 7000 Océ Arizona printers installed worldwide and around one in four Océ Arizona users is active in the production of applications other than graphics, such as printed interior décor, short-run customised packaging and decorated products. For customers working with corrugated materials or challenging warped media such as plywood, Canon introduced the High Flow Vacuum in 2017 to support increased productivity, quality and the use of lower cost media.
Frandsen concluded, ‘Over the past 16 years, the creativity and dedication of our team in Vancouver has been instrumental in the success of the award-winning Océ Arizona series. Building on this strong heritage in flatbed technology, the concentration of skills, knowledge and manufacturing capabilities in Europe will allow us to evolve our flatbed inkjet offering even further. This strategic move and the investments that underpin it will prepare Canon for future growth and allow us to develop cutting edge solutions that help our customers access the exciting growth opportunities in graphic arts, printed décor and packaging.’