Worldwide leader in production printing recognized for helping customers succeed
June 17, 2014 – Canon Solutions America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc., today announced it served as a Keynote Sponsor of Inkjet Summit 2014, which was held April 7-9 in Ponte Vedra, Florida. Canon Solutions America also received the “Best Sponsor Case Study” award, presented to its Production Print Solutions division during the Awards Dinner on the final night of the event.
An invitation-only strategic business forum, Inkjet Summit 2014 was organized by nGage Events, the leading producer of hosted model events, and publishing partner Printing Impressions, the leading trade publication serving commercial printers. Dubbed “the event for those serious about inkjet,” it presented a wealth of opportunities for thought leaders, major and emerging vendors, and many of the nation's leading inkjet executives to discuss how inkjet technology trends, software, consumables, and finishing solutions will impact their businesses and help them shape their strategies for the future.
“With inkjet printing expected to account for one-third of all digital print by 2016, the Inkjet Summit has become incredibly important for the industry,” said Mal Baboyian, executive vice president, Production Print Solutions division of Canon Solutions America. “As an industry leader with 44 percent of the Continuous Feed Inkjet market share in the U.S., Canon Solutions America was proud to serve as one of the keynote sponsors of this year’s event. We value the opportunity to not only discuss the vast improvements in inkjet technology, but also to meet face-to-face with print service providers to discuss their business needs and ensure they are making the right investments to make the most of inkjet printing capabilities.”
Learning from Each Other
Conference Chair Marco Boer, Vice President of IT Strategies, kicked off the two-and-a-half-day event with his keynote address, “Production Inkjet Technology – From Dream to Serious Money Maker.” That inspiring presentation was followed by a full agenda of general sessions, panel discussions, case study presentations, and best practices break-out sessions for specific market segments. Topics of discussion included paper offerings for inkjet, the inkjet implementation process, and selecting the appropriate inkjet solution and related software. Attendees also enjoyed ample opportunities for networking, both formally through pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings and informally through impromptu discussions which took place throughout the event.
“Nowhere else can you find so many key players in the inkjet industry gathered together and learning from each other,” said Francis A. McMahon, vice president of Marketing, Production Print Solutions division of Canon Solutions America. “The Inkjet Summit affords decision-makers and production print providers unprecedented opportunities to engage in the kinds of intimate discussions that will foster true strategic relationships that lead to ongoing success.”
Recognizing Inkjet Successes
Last year, Canon Solutions America was voted “Company to Watch” by attendees of the inaugural Inkjet Summit, held April 9-11, 2013 in Ponte Vedra, Florida. The company’s leadership in inkjet was reinforced this year when it was recognized by Inkjet Summit attendees for “Best Sponsor Case Study.”
Delivered throughout the Summit, each of the 25-minute case study presentations featured solution providers and their end user customers discussing challenges faced, strategy, implementation, outcome, and the future. Customers SG360, Microdynamics, IWCO Direct, and Access Direct talked about the successes they had achieved with inkjet by partnering with Canon Solutions America in the General Commercial, Book, Transactional/Transpromo, and Direct Mail/Marketing segments.
For Bob Radzis, Chief Customer Officer at SG360°, the volumes and the opportunities were what drew him to inkjet, but it’s the inline, end-to-end solutions offered by Canon Solutions America that made new opportunities possible. “It’s opened up much larger runs that I ever thought possible,” said Radzis.
In his case study presentation, Radzis shared some of the personalized, high-value, high-volume programs the company creates for name brands. “Out of one sheet, we can print variable in co-mingle order, then it’s die cut, scored, folded, slit and glued – all hands free at a rate of 2,000 per hour,” he said. “The inkjet is the critical driver that all the personalization is centered around.”
“At Canon Solutions America, we are trying to help grow the printing industry overall by fostering continuous improvement of our robust inkjet platform,” said Baboyian. “By partnering with our customers, we help them succeed in their print operations and, in doing so, the entire print industry succeeds.”