Oce Demonstrates Newest Media Capabilities at Graph Expo

Latest options open up new applications and revenue streams for Oce customers.

CHICAGO, Oct. 7, 2012 — (PRNewswire) — �Oce, a Canon Group company and an international leader in digital document management, today announced new media and applications that will be showcased at Graph Expo in Canon booth 400 at McCormick Place South in Chicago, October 7 - 10.

Graph Expo attendees will see many firsts in Canon booth 400 thanks to new media. One of the exciting breakthroughs is a demonstration of one of the lightest weight papers available for cutsheet on the Oce VarioPrint® 6000 Ultra Line digital perfecting system.  Another is the introduction of new Inkjet medias for the full line of Oce inkjet presses including the Oce ColorStream® 3900 system.

"We've never shown any media this light on the VarioPrint 6000 Line before – no one has.  The fact that we can reliably run such light weights and our competitors cannot, is a compelling argument for customers to consider Oce," said Alex Gergely, Product Marketing Manager at Oce North America, a Canon Group company.

One of the applications showcasing this new lightweight media capability is a pharmaceutical package insert printed on 30 lb. (44gsm) media. The same Oce approved media, with 87 brightness, will also be available in a 35 lb. weight. Both are co-branded Oce/Ariva Lightweight Digital Opaque.

Lightweight Media Crucial in Shift from Offset to Digital
Until now, digital production equipment has been limited in its capability to print onto media much lighter than 50gsm. However, printers are increasingly under pressure for quicker turnaround and shorter runs. Digital, especially more affordable cutsheet presses, are an attractive solution.

"We looked at the market and determined there was a huge opportunity to print applications on 30 and 35 lb. media, most of which are printed offset today," said Gergely. "Printers are asking for lightweight specialty stocks. We can offer them a cost-effective vehicle for short run that will help them free up their offset presses for longer running projects."

From Pharmaceutical Inserts to War and Peace
The same 30 lb. media used in the pharmaceutical insert will also be shown in production of one of the longest books ever written: Tolstoy's War and Peace. For that application, attendees will be able to see a side-by-side comparison of the final product produced on a typical 60 lb. stock, as well as on the new lightweight media – taking it from a two-volume paperback to just one volume.

"When you consider that publishers will be able to use one cover instead of two, it is a significant savings," said Gergely. "Add in shipping costs and the savings are phenomenal."

"With new, lightweight media, Oce is enabling new applications and creating new revenue streams for Oce customers," said Francis McMahon, Vice President, Marketing, Production Printing Systems division of Oce North America, a Canon Group company. "Through partnerships with paper manufacturers & distributors, we are helping print providers make the cost-saving shift from offset to digital printing production."

For Inkjet, Quality is Critical
In the Inkjet realm, Oce has collaborated with various paper vendors to deliver many new stocks, including a 45 lb. coated book media and a 2 sided gloss stock. Graph Expo attendees can see all of the new medias on display or being printed in the Canon booth.

"We now have the capability of running a 45 lb. educational book paper," said Michael Poulin, Product Marketing Manager, Oce North America, a Canon Group company. "This new quality stock, designed specifically for our equipment, is an important breakthrough for Oce customers."

Additional new media for inkjet will be demonstrated on the Oce ColorStream 3900 digital full-color inkjet printing system, part of the Oce ColorStream 3000 series. Attendees will be able to see a full range of applications on display and being produced during the show. Examples include a saddle stitched children's book and a Comic book produced on 55 lb. matte coated paper and finished in line in the Canon booth; a Toulouse-Lautrec poster art book printed on heavy weight matte finish; Yellowstone park travel guides printed on 2-sided coated matte paper; a Japanese art book on 2-sided silk coated paper; and a national parks wall calendar printed on a 2-sided gloss coated stock. Samples of these and other applications will be available in Canon booth 400.

About Oce
Oce is one of the leading providers of document management and printing for professionals. The Oce 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. Oce is also a foremost supplier of document management outsourcing. Many of the Fortune Global 500 companies and leading commercial printers are Oce customers. The company was founded in 1877. With headquarters in Venlo, The Netherlands, Oce is active in over 100 countries and employs more than 20,000 people worldwide.  Oce North America is headquartered in Trumbull, CT, with additional business units in Chicago, IL and Boca Raton, FL.  For more information, visit www.oce.com.

Oce and Canon: Stronger together
In 2010 Oce 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 totaled USD 45.6 billion. Visit the Canon Inc. website at www.canon.com.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.                                                                             
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $45.6 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE: CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2011* and is one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in 2012. In 2012, for the ninth consecutive year, Canon U.S.A. has received the PCMag.com Readers' Choice Award for Service and Reliability. Committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, Canon U.S.A. provides 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.

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