Digital print system co-developed by Canon and Océ wins prestigious design prize

Océ VarioPrint DP Line receives iF Product Design Award 2012

Venlo, The Netherlands, 19 March 2012 — The Océ VarioPrint® DP Line has won a prestigious iF Product Design Award. These powerful black & white printing systems were co-developed by Canon and Océ to offer customers excellent image consistency, productivity, finishing options and sustainability. The iF Product Design Award, coming just six months after the series was introduced, coincides with release 2.1 of the Océ VarioPrint DP Line. Both the award and the new release underline the commitment of the compelling combination of Canon and Océ to continuously improve their products so that they meet a range of requirements spearheaded by the customers’ business needs.

It took Canon and Océ less than two years to co-develop the Océ VarioPrint 110 / 120 / 135. These light to mid production printers combine innovations like Océ DirectPress technology and Océ EnergyLogic with integrated Canon scanning and finishing solutions. The result is a highly configurable system offering excellent image consistency, instant productivity and multiple finishing options.

Innovations like these, however, do not win design awards on their own. A breakthrough print system has to take into account human values such as simplicity, effectiveness and a pleasant user experience, as well as meeting functional demands like print quality, productivity and versatility. Design is a way of shaping products so that users’ abilities, preferences, cognitive skills and cultural backgrounds are integral to design decisions at each stage of product development. Recognition by the iF award jury demonstrates that the Canon and Océ development teams are deeply committed to developing human-centered products.

Customers at the heart of our business

“The iF Product Design Award shows that both Canon and Océ’s ‘Stronger Together’ philosophy goes beyond developing products that make people and businesses more effective and efficient,” says David Preskett, European Professional Print Director, Canon Europe. “Customers remain the focus of our growing cooperation and that means meeting their human needs in addition to their commercial objectives.”

Nick Klitsie, Vice President Business Group Office and Printroom, Océ, agrees wholeheartedly.  “We are delighted to receive the iF Product Design Award. The Océ VarioPrint DP Line offers customers a productive, flexible and sustainable system without sacrificing ease of use and user enjoyment.”

The Océ VarioPrint DP Line was introduced through Canon and Océ sales channels across Europe in September 2011. In the first six months, sales have exceeded expectations and market response has been excellent. With the recent 2.1 release, the system is being rolled out to the rest of the world with several feature enhancements based on customer feedback. This highlights Canon and Océ’s commitment to meet changing market requirements by translating customer needs into hardware and software functionality.

About the iF Design Awards

iF, International Forum Design, provides a broad range of design-related services and is internationally known thanks to its iF Design Award, held since 1954. Today, this award is regarded as one of the most important design competitions worldwide, attracting nearly 3,000 entries from across the world this year. The jury, composed of top international designers, critically examines and selects the award-winning entries, thereby guaranteeing iF’s status and the high quality reputation of the iF label.

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About Océ

Océ is one of the leading providers of document management and printing for professionals. The Océ offering includes office printing and copying systems, high speed digital production printers and wide format printing systems for both technical documentation and color display graphics. Océ is also a foremost supplier of document management outsourcing. Many of the Fortune Global 500 companies and leading commercial printers are Océ customers. The company was founded in 1877. With headquarters in Venlo, The Netherlands, Océ is active in over 100 countries and employs more than 20,000 people worldwide. For more information visit

Océ and Canon: Stronger together

In 2010 Océ joined the Canon Group of companies with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, to create the global leader in the printing industry. Canon develops, manufactures and markets a growing line-up of copying machines, printers, cameras, optical and other products that meet a diverse range of customer needs. The Canon Group comprises over 198,000 employees worldwide. Global net sales in 2011 totalled USD 45.6 billion. Visit the Canon Inc. website at

About Canon Europe

Canon Europe is the regional sales and marketing operation for Canon Inc., represented in 116 countries and employing over 11,000 people across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Founded in 1937 with the specific goal of making the best quality camera available to customers, Canon’s tireless passion for the Power of Image has since extended its technology into many other markets and has established it as a world leader in both consumer and business imaging solutions. Its solutions comprise products, ranging from digital compact and SLR cameras, through broadcast lenses and portable X-ray machines, to multi-function and production printers, all supported by a range of value added services. Canon invests heavily in R&D to deliver the richest and most innovative products and services to satisfy customers’ creative needs. From amateur photographers to professional print companies, Canon enables each customer to realise their own passion for image. Canon believes that considering the interests of society and the environment is an integral part of good business practice. This is embodied in its corporate philosophy Kyosei - ‘To live and work together for the common good’. Further information about Canon Europe is available at:

About Canon Inc.

Canon Inc., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leader in the fields of professional and consumer imaging equipment and information systems. Canon’s extensive range of products includes copying machines, inkjet and laser printers, cameras, video equipment, medical equipment and semiconductor-manufacturing equipment. Originally established in 1937 as Precision Optical Industry, Co., Ltd., a camera manufacturer, Canon has successfully diversified and globalized to become a worldwide industry leader in professional and consumer imaging systems and solutions. Now with over 198,000 employees worldwide, Canon has manufacturing and marketing subsidiaries in Japan, the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania; and a global R&D network with companies based in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia. Canon’s consolidated net sales for fiscal 2011 totalled $45.6 billion. Visit the Canon Inc. website at:


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