Canon Claims BLI Pacesetter in Wide Format Sustainability: Product Innovation from Keypoint Intelligence



Fairfield, NJ – Keypoint Intelligence, the world’s foremost market research firm and independent evaluator of print and smart technology hardware, software, and services, announces that Canon U.S.A., Inc., has won the Buyers Lab (BLI) 2024-2025 Pacesetter Award in Wide Format Sustainability: Product Innovation. Based on research conducted worldwide, this award acknowledges Canon as the leader in the area of product innovation.


According to Eric Zimmerman, Principal Analyst of Wide Format Printing at Keypoint Intelligence, it is important for print service providers (PSPs) to partner with environmentally conscious manufacturers. “Businesses have seen the results of becoming more eco-friendly, and by partnering with manufacturers like Canon, which is dedicated to ‘green’ initiatives and place them at the heart of its innovation, you are that much closer to achieving better sustainability.”


For this evaluation, Keypoint Intelligence invited all leading wide format printer manufacturers to complete a questionnaire detailing their relevant offerings in three key areas: Company-Wide Vision, Product Innovations, as well as Advocacy and Marketing. Wide format printer manufacturers that participated were also asked to make key personnel available for in-depth interviews with Keypoint analysts to give a more complete picture of vendor strategies for sustainability in wide format. After gathering all the data, a proprietary Keypoint rating scale was used to calculate point totals.


“While Canon scored very well in all three categories, the company’s efforts to incorporate sustainability across its entire lineup of wide format devices allows it to rise above the competition in product innovation,” Zimmerman said. 


Canon PlotWave printers, through their Radiant Fusing technology, reduce energy consumption and have earned the US Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR designation. The ColorWave lineup uses Crystal Point technology, which produces no ozone emissions. The Canon Arizona flatbed printers are equipped with UV-LED curing to reduce energy use by approximately 15% over UV-halide lamp curing. Lastly, the Canon Colorado roll-to-roll printers use of UVgel ink technology, a vinylcaprolactam (VCL) free formulation, results in an odorless, Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) free emission that reduces ink consumption by up to 40%.


Receiving the Pacesetter Award in Wide Format Sustainability: Product Innovation from Keypoint Intelligence acknowledges the developments we’ve made in designing sustainable wide format systems,” said Martijn van Hoorn, Senior Vice President of Research & Development at Canon Production Printing. At Canon, we operate according to the philosophy of Kyosei, a Japanese word that means ‘living and working together for the common good’—it is deeply ingrained in our product design and development. We actively define sustainability and environmental impact as a key requirement for our future portfolio, leading to ongoing innovations that result in many ‘green’ benefits for our customers and the wider society.


About Keypoint Intelligence

For over 60 years, clients in the digital imaging industry have relied on Keypoint Intelligence for independent hands-on testing, lab data, and extensive market research to drive their product and sales success. Keypoint Intelligence has been recognized as the industry’s most trusted resource for unbiased information, analysis, and awards due to decades of analyst experience. Customers have harnessed this mission-critical knowledge for strategic decision-making, daily sales enablement, and operational excellence to improve business goals and increase bottom lines. With a central focus on clients, Keypoint Intelligence continues to evolve as the industry changes by expanding offerings and updating methods, while intimately understanding and serving manufacturers’, channels’, and their customers’ transformation in the digital printing and imaging sector.


About BLI Pacesetter Awards

Based on exhaustive questionnaires, in-depth interviews, and a proprietary rating scale, Buyers Lab Pacesetter Awards from Keypoint Intelligence recognize those document imaging OEMs that have shown market leadership in a variety of categories, including technologies, services, and key vertical markets.


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