The Excellent Global Corporation Plan is initiated
|History of Enterprise||History of Products|
|1996||The Excellent Global Corporation Plan is initiated.
The Fuji-Susono Research Park opens in Susono, Japan.
Industrial Resource Technologies, Inc., a toner cartridge-recycling site, is established in Virginia, U.S.A.
Canon Latin America, Inc. moves to Miami, U.S.A.
Canon Virginia ships its 5,000th remanufactured copying machine.
|The ELPH (IXUS in other regions), a 2x zoom compact camera with the Advanced Photo System, is introduced.
ELPH / IXUS (1996)Marketing commences for the FPA-3000EX3 stepper, which uses an excimer laser.
|1997||Green Procurement standards, promoting the purchase of environmentally friendly components and materials, are issued.
Canon (China) Co., Ltd. is established.
A new building is opened in the Kosugi Office of Canon Inc. as a base for business solutions and information technology activities.
Camera production reaches 100 million units.
|Canon enters the digital video camcorder market with the OPTURA (MV1 in other regions).|
|1998||Canon forms the Management Reformation Committee.
Canon commences Group-wide production reform activities.
Copying machine remanufacturing commences in Japan. Canon thus maintains such operations in Europe, the U.S. and Japan.
Canon Software Development Center is established in New Delhi, India.
Canon Inc. acquires equity in Tokyo Denshi Sekei Inc. (today, Canon i-tech, Inc.)
Beijing PeCan Information System Co., Ltd. (today, Canon Information Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd.), a joint venture with Peking University, is established to develop software.
Canon Middle East B.V. is established in the U.A.E.
|The DIGISUPER 25 xs broadcasting lens for high-definition television (HDTV) is introduced.
The EOS-3 SLR camera with 45-point area AF is introduced for professionals and semiprofessionals.
Marketing begins for the CXDI-11 X-ray digital camera, with a large-area sensor.
|1999||The Ayase Office opens with the goal of reinforcing the R&D structure for semiconductor-related devices.
Oita Canon Materials Inc. is established.
|Canon optical technologies are applied in the Subaru, one of the world's largest astronomical telescopes.
The BJC-8200 full-color inkjet printer is introduced, featuring a new printing head technology, New "MicroFine Droplet Technology."
The compact GT270 eyeglass display is introduced.
|2000||Canon Inc. begins listing its American Depositary Receipts on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
Canon holds Canon Expo 2000 global technology and product exhibitions.
Canon receives the Miles Supreme Award from the Society of Japanese Value Engineering.
The Optics R&D Center opens in Utsunomiya, Japan.
|Canon receives the prestigious Copier of the Future IEA-DSM Award of Excellence.
The PowerShot S100 DIGITAL ELPH (DIGITAL IXUS in other regions), a compact digital camera, is introduced.
The iR series new-generation network MFD is introduced, providing document collation and distribution functions.
The EOS D30 digital SLR camera is introduced, featuring a CMOS sensor.
|2001||Phase II of the Excellent Global Corporation Plan is initiated.
Canon forms the Management Strategy Committee.
Canon Europe Ltd. is established in London to cooperate with Canon Europa N.V. in the Netherlands to reinforce regional operations.
Canon Vietnam Co., Ltd. is established in Hanoi as a production site for inkjet printers.
Three companies in the Canon Group establish a copying machine production site in Suzhou, PRC.
Canon Zhongshan Business Machines Co., Ltd, the Group's third laser printer production site in the PRC, is established.
|Canon develops the Multi-Layered Diffractive Optical Element technology.
Canon introduces the first "camera direct" products, which allow digital pictures to be printed using an inkjet printer directly from a camera.
The imageRUNNER 3300 (iR3300 in other regions), featuring environmentally conscious technologies, is introduced.
imageRUNNER 3300 (2001)
|2002||Fujio Mitarai, Canon Inc. president and CEO, is one of the first executives to receive a Business Reformer Commendation from the Japanese government.
Canon Inc.'s new headquarters building opens in Shimomaruko, Tokyo.
Ueno Canon Materials, Inc. is established.
|The EOS-1Ds pro-model digital SLR camera, featuring Canon's 11.1-megapixel full-frame 35 mm CMOS sensor, is introduced.
The LBP-2810/2710 color laser printer, featuring the newly developed Four-Color Vertical In-Line Engine, is introduced.
The Color imageRUNNER C3200 (iR C3200 in other regions), a color network MFD with a newly developed Color iR Controller, is introduced.
|2003||Canon Aptex Inc. and Copyer Co., Ltd. merge to form Canon Finetech Inc.
Fukushima Canon Inc. is established as a base for high value-added mass production for the inkjet printer business.
Canon (China) Co., Ltd. establishes 15 branch offices.
Canon Technology Information Services Inc. is established.
Implementation of an eco-friendly product transport modal shift begins.
|The DIGISUPER 100 xs broadcasting lens, featuring the world's highest zoom lens range is introduced.
DIGISUPER 100 xs (2003)The i70 (Bubble Jet i70 in other regions), an ultra-compact inkjet notebook printer, is introduced.
The W8200, a large-format printer using pigmented ink, is introduced.
Canon begins shipping the 80-nanometer resolution ArF scanning stepper FPA-6000AS4.
The EOS DIGITAL REBEL (EOS 300D DIGITAL in other regions), a high-resolution compact digital SLR AF camera, is introduced.
The PowerShot S400 DIGITAL ELPH (DIGITAL IXUS 400 in other regions), which incorporates the DIGIC imaging processor, is introduced.
The Color imageRUNNER C6800 (iR C6800 in other regions), a new color network MFD, which implements RoHS Directive in advance, is introduced.
|2004||Canon changes the stock trading unit from 1,000 shares to 100 shares.
Canon holds its first briefing for individual investors.
The Yako Development Center is completed for the concentration of R&D sections of inkjet printers.
Canon Precision Inc. merges with Hirosaki Seiki, Inc.
Canon creates Canon Ecology Industry Inc. and Canon Semiconductor Equipment Inc. from Canon N.T.C., Inc.
Canon Ru LLC is established in Moscow, Russia.
Igari Mold Co., Ltd. becomes a wholly owned subsidiary through a share exchange.
Inkjet printer shipments reach 100 million units.
|The OPTURA500 (MVX35i in other regions) digital camcorder, which incorporates the DIGIC DV imaging processor that delivers high image quality for still photos and video, is introduced.
The PIXMA iP8500 inkjet printer featuring an all new design and the ChromaLife100 system is introduced.
PIXMA iP8500 (2004)The REALiS SX50 (XEED SX50 in other regions), a multimedia projector incorporating the newly developed AISYS optical system, is introduced.
|2005||Canon holds Canon Expo 2005, a showcase for Canon's new products and future technologies, in New York, Paris, and Tokyo.
The Compliance Card is distributed to 110,000 Canon Group employees.
Construction of a leading-edge technology building at the Canon headquarters in Shimomaruko, is completed.
Canon concludes a corporative research agreement with Tokyo Institute of Technology.
Canon and Microsoft Corporation of the U.S. agree to collaborate in the field of image processing technology.
The Canon Group obtains combined ISO14001 certification.
ANELVA Corporation and NEC Machinery Corporation are made consolidated subsidiaries.
|Canon receives its second Imperial Award for Innovations for the invention of a large-screen sensor for real-time X- ray imaging systems.
The XL H1 high-definition video camcorder is introduced.
|2006||Tsuneji Uchida is appointed president of Canon Inc.
A new corporate structure with Fujio Mitarai as chairman begins.
Tsuneji UchidaChairman Fujio Mitarai is appointed the second chairman of Japan Business Federation.
Canon launches Phase IIl of the Excellent Global Corporation Plan.
Canon Sales Co., Inc. changes its name to Canon Marketing Japan Inc.
Canon Inc. effects a 3-for-2 split of its common shares.
Canon opens the Canon Global Management Institute, a training base for the cultivation of global leaders.
Canon commences cooperative research and development with Kyoto University on the High-Order Biological Imaging Leading-Edge Technology Hub project.
Canon and Utsunomiya University agree to establish an education and research center for optics.
Canon ANELVA wins the Japan Vacuum Industry Association Chairman's Award for its HDD head sensor.
Canon Optron, Inc. delivers one of the world's largest fluorite lenses for use at a major U.S. astrophysical observatory.
|The imagePROGRAF iPF9000, which incorporates the newly developed LUCIA twelve-color ink system and supports 60-inch large format prints, is introduced.
The PowerShot SD800 IS DIGITAL ELPH (DIGITAL IXUS 850 IS in other regions), incorporating DIGIC III and Face Detection Technology, is introduced.
The HV10 HDV camcorder, which incorporates a newly developed CMOS sensor for video and supports the digital Hi-Vision format, is introduced.
The PIXMA MP600, equipped with an Easy-Scroll Wheel for intuitive operation of multiple functions, is introduced.
The SELPHY ES1 compact photo printer is introduced.
The imagePRESS C1, a digital color production system for commercial printing, is introduced.
|2007||Canon supports The Japan-China Exchange Year of Culture and Sports 2007.
Tokki Corporation (today, Canon Tokki Corporation), which develops, designs, manufactures, and sells OLED panel manufacturing equipment, becomes a Canon consolidated subsidiary.
Canon Mold Co., Ltd. is established, integrating Canon's mold die operations.
Canon carries out its first-ever market purchase of own shares.
Canon develops a 50-megapixel CMOS sensor prototype.
The Kawasaki Office opens.
Canon Launches the Cultural Heritage Inheritance Project (also known as the Tsuzuri Project) with the Kyoto Culture Association.
Canon opens Takeshi Mitarai Memorial Hall at Shimomaruko Headquarters.
Canon makes a full-scale entry into the commercial digital printer market by introducing the imagePRESS C7000VP. The printer wins the Masuda Award of the 50th Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun Best 10 New Products Awards.
The MPAsp-H700 LCD lithography equipment with new platform for 8th-generation substrates is introduced.
The EOS-1Ds Mark III digital SLR camera with 35mm full-frame, 21.1-megapixel CMOS sensor and 5 fps maximum shooting is introduced.
The PIXMA Pro9500, a photo inkjet printer for professionals using 10 pigment ink, is introduced.
The imagePROGRAF iPF6100, the world's first large-format printer with an ambient light adjustment function, is introduced.
The HG10 HD camcorder with built-in hard disk is introduced.
|2008||Hita Canon Materials Inc. is established.
Nagasaki Canon Inc. is established.
The Canon Institute for Global Studies and the Canon Foundation are established.
A Canon ANELVA researcher receives the 6th Prime Minister's Award for contributions in Industry-Academia-Government Collaborations.
SLR camera production reaches 50 million units.
Digital compact camera production reaches 100 million units.
|The REALiS SX80 (XEED SX80 in other regions), a multimedia projector equipped with Canon's proprietary LCOS reflective crystal panel, is introduced.
The EOS 5D Mark II, the first camera ever to incorporate full HD video, is introduced.
EOS 5D Mark II (2008)The PowerShot SX1 IS, Canon's first compact digital camera equipped with its proprietary CMOS sensor, is introduced.
|2009||All headquarters functions of Canon Europe are consolidated in London.
Canon and HP enter a new alliance agreement in the solution area.
Canon Athlete Club Kyushu is established.
Poppins Nursery TAMAGAWA, a day care center authorized by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, opens on the grounds of Canon's Shimomaruko Headquarters.
Affiliate Canon Wind Inc. is officially recognized for meeting legal standards in promoting the employment of people with disabilities.
Canon Virginia opens a new plant for toner cartridge production.
EF lens production reaches 50 million units.
CXDI digital radiography system production reaches 10,000 units.
|The imageRUNNER ADVANCE series of next-generation office network MFPs with enhanced IT environment integration is introduced.
imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5051 (2009)The VIXIA HF20 (LEGRIA HF20 in other regions) highdefinition digital camcorder with DIGIC DV III is introduced.
The EOS 7D digital SLR camera with up to 8 fps continuous shooting and ISO 12800 is introduced.
The PIXMA MP640 (MP648 in other regions) inkjet MFP with A4 printing at approx. 8.1 ipm is introduced.
The PowerShot S90 compact digital camera with largediameter f/2.0 and 28 mm wide-angle lens is introduced.
EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens with new Hybrid IS that compensates for both angular and shift camera shake is introduced.
The CX-1 hybrid retinal camera that combines both mydriatic and non-mydriatic modes is introduced.
|2010||To present the vision and future directions of the Canon Group, Canon holds Canon EXPO 2010, a showcase for new products and future technologies, in New York, Paris and Tokyo.
Océ N.V. of the Netherlands becomes a Canon consolidated subsidiary.
OPTOPOL Technology S.A. of Poland becomes a Canon consolidated subsidiary.
Canon provides support for the Japan Pavilion at Shanghai World Expo 2010.
Canon develops world's first APS-H-size CMOS sensor with record-high 120-megapixel resolution.
Canon develops the world's largest ultrasensitive CMOS sensor at 202×205 mm.
Canon and Fujitsu agree to collaborate on managed services.
|The PowerShot SD4500 IS DIGITAL ELPH (IXUS 1000 HS), the world's slimmest digital compact camera with 10x optical zoom and Full HD video, is introduced.
The XF305, a professional video camcorder with a 3-CMOSsensor system,18x optical zoom, and file based recording codec, is introduced.
The PIXMA MG8100/MG6100 series, inkjet MFPs featuring revised body designs and the Intelligent Touch System light-guided button-navigation system, is introduced.
The compact-body imageRUNNER ADVANCE C2000 series is introduced.
The CXDI-70C Wireless, a non-tethered digital X-ray detector, is introduced.
|2011||Canon launches Phase IV of the Excellent Global Corporation Plan.
Canon holds Canon EXPO 2011 in Shanghai.
Canon and MEDIAN Technologies, a France-based IT solution vendor, enter into an agreement in the medical domain.
Canon donates portable digital radiography systems to support victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Construction of the Kyoto University Advanced Medical Device Development and Clinical Research Center completed.
|Canon enters the motion picture production industry with the launch of the Cinema EOS System of cinema cameras and lenses.
Cinema EOS System (2011)The PowerShot SX230 HS, a 14x optical zoom digital compact camera with a GPS function, is introduced.
Canon launches cloud-based document services through the Canon Business Imaging Online cloud services platform.
A digital production printing system utilizing an Océ printer controller is developed, marking the first Canon-Océ jointly developed product.
Canon enters the commercial photo printer market with the introduction of the DreamLabo 5000.
The PIXMA MG6200 series of inkjet MFPs, offering advanced standard functionality, is introduced.
|2012||Fujio Mitarai is appointed president, in addition to chairman and CEO, of Canon Inc.||The top-of-the-line EOS-1D X digital SLR camera, offering the highest levels of image quality and speed performance, is introduced.
The PIXMA PRO-1 professional inkjet printer, featuring the newly developed LUCIA 12-color ink system, is introduced.