The first Premier Company Plan is launched
1976 - 1987
|History of Enterprise||History of Products|
|1976||The first Premier Company Plan is launched.
A committee is established to discuss Canon development, production and sales systems.
The Kosugi office opens as a base for optical equipment.
Canon (U.K.) Ltd. is established.
Canon enters the facsimile machine market.
|The AE-1 SLR camera with a built-in microcomputer is introduced, triggering an AE boom.
The CR-45NM, the world's first nonmydriatic retinal camera, is introduced.
|1977||Ryuzaburo Kaku is appointed president of Canon Inc.
Ryuzaburo KakuThe Utsunomiya plant of Tochigi Canon Inc. (today, Canon Inc.'s Utsunomiya Plant) opens.
|The K-35 series of lenses for cinematography wins an Academy Award from the U.S. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.|
|1978||A product-specific business division structure is introduced.
Canon Australia Pty. Ltd. is established.
Canon begins offering color copying services.
|The NP-8500, the world's first retention-type copying machine, is introduced.
The PLA-500FA, the world's first mask aligner with a laser-based automatic alignment system, is introduced.
|1979||Copyer Co., Ltd. becomes an affiliated company.
Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd. is established.
Overseas sales exceed ¥100 billion for the first time.
|The LBP-10, using a semiconductor laser, is introduced.
LBP-10 (1979)The AF35M, a fully automatic AF compact camera, is introduced.
A mini floppy disk drive is introduced.
|1980||The Canoword 55 Japanese-language word processor, the first such product with roman alphabet inputting, is introduced.
Canoword 55 (1980)The Telefax B-601, Japan's first G2 fax, is introduced.
The Auto Ref R-1, an automatic refractometer, is introduced.
|1981||The Hiratsuka Plant opens as the Component Development Center.
The Ami Plant opens as a precision equipment factory for the manufacture of facsimiles and precision molds.
The Ueno Plant opens as a copying machine and laser printer chemical product manufacturing factory.
|The NP-8500 SUPER, an ultrahigh-speed copying machine capable of producing 135 copies per minute, is introduced.
The New F-1, a professional-use system SLR, is introduced.
A CVC video system is introduced.
|1982||The Second Premier Company Plan is launched.
Oita Canon Inc. is established in Japan.
|The PC-10 and PC-20, the world's first personal copying machines with replaceable cartridges, are introduced.
The HT-3000 handy terminal is introduced.
The AS-100 16-bit personal computer is introduced.
The AP400 and AP500 electronic typewriters (for Western languages) are introduced.
The Crib-O-Gram, an audio-visual tester for infants, is introduced.
|1983||Canon Bretagne S.A.S. is established in France.
The Utsunomiya Optical Products Plant opens as a factory to manufacture mask aligners and peripheral equipment.
|The CanoWord Mini 5 personal-use word processor is introduced.
The MyCard, credit card-sized calculator, is introduced.
The T50 SLR camera is introduced and wins Japan's 1983 Good Design Grand Prize.
|1984||A joint technology agreement is signed in the PRC; copying machine production starts at facilities in Zhanjiang and Tianjin.
Canon Components, Inc. is established in Japan.
|The PC Printer 70 is introduced as the world's first plain-paper reader/printer for COM.
Canon announces laser beam facsimile machines.
Practical tests of a still video camcorder are conducted at the Los Angeles Olympic Games.
The digital laser copying machine system NP-9030 is introduced.
The LBP-8/CX, the world's smallest and lightest laser printer, is introduced.
The FPA-1500FA stepper for 1MDRAM is introduced.
The PV14 x 12.5B HD, a zoom lens for high-definition television, is announced.
|1985||Canon Virginia, Inc., is established in the U.S.A.
A tie-up agreement related to computer technology is concluded with Hewlett-Packard Co. of the U.S.
Lotte Canon Co., Ltd. (today, Canon Korea Business Solutions Inc.), a joint venture, is established in the ROK.
|The BJ-80, the world's first inkjet printer using Bubble Jet technology, is introduced.
The Canofile 5500 electronic filing system is introduced.
The EZPS5300 electronic editing and printing system is introduced.
The Canovision 8 VM-E1, an 8 mm video camcorder, is introduced.
|1986||A tie-up agreement covering ISDN fax interface technology is concluded with Siemens AG of Germany.
A tie-up agreement covering advanced medical equipment is concluded with Eastman Kodak Co. of the U.S.
|The FC-3 and FC-5 portable personal-use copying machines are introduced.
FC-3 (1986)The FAX L3100, conforming to the G4 standard, is introduced.
The Canola BP1210-D, a Bubble Jet desktop calculator, is introduced.
The T90 high-performance electronic SLR camera is introduced.
The RC-701, the world's first still video camera, and video system is introduced.
Sales begin for the Auto Keratometer RK-1, which can measure both refractivity and corneal shape.
Canon's Corner Cube Reflector is installed in the Ajisai geodetic satellite.
|1987||The Canon Foundation is established to provide assistance for research into mutual understanding between Japan and Europe.
Canon licenses camera technologies to GoldStar Precision of Korea, which begins production.
|The CLC-1, a digital full-color copying machine, is introduced.
The EOS autofocus SLR camera is introduced, along with a range of EF lenses.
EOS650 (1987)The Board Copier A-1, an electronic blackboard that can print on plain paper, is introduced.
Sales of the CanoWord α series Japanese word processor begin.
Canon launches a broadcasting lens with 50x zoom, then the highest zoom ratio in the world.
Sales of CAPLAS, a CAE software application for use in injection molding, commence.