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Canon U.S.A. Strengthens Its Presence in the Production Printing Market and Demonstrates End-to-End Workflow Solutions at GRAPH EXPO 2006.

Attendees to Experience the Entire Digital Production Workflow from Creation through Finishing and Distribution Using Canon Branded and Third-Party Solutions

CHICAGO -- At GRAPH EXPO 2006, visitors to the Canon booth will experience how production printers can streamline their digital production workflow and maximize their return on investment using Canon solutions with integration to third-party hardware and software solutions.

As they enter the Canon booth (#1253), attendees will step right into an actual digital production environment, following a production job throughout the workflow from its creation and submission through to the communication with the business management system on to pre-lighting, to the printing, coating and final finishing stages of production. In the booth, Canon will shine the spotlight on imagePRESS workflow solutions, its latest color production solutions and suite of products to help commercial and in-plant printers improve profitability and build their digital business.

"Canon's digital production offerings allow print providers to expand their business offerings, increase productivity and drive profitability, while better addressing the demanding needs of their customers," said Tod Pike, senior vice president, Imaging Systems Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "The Canon solutions on display here at the show will complement existing offset workflows for commercial printers and businesses with printing operations, and assist in transitioning other print providers toward digital printing process."

Highlights of the Canon solutions at the show include:

* Workflow solutions for imagePRESS - The imagePRESS program for workflow solutions is a collection of Canon branded and third-party hardware and software solutions that focus on key workflows and production printing environments to maximize efficiencies, and help printers build and grow a profitable digital print business. The program seeks to Deliver hardware and software solutions that span the entire process from job creation through its final delivery, enabling production environments to build efficiencies and deliver value-added solutions such as variable data and marketing automation. Canon will also help to Connect and seamlessly integrate imagePRESS devices into a customer's existing workflow. Lastly, workflow solutions that leverage the imagePRESS technology platform will help to Simplify their processes and maximize profitability.

* imageRUNNER Pro 7150/7138/7125/7110VP - With support for a wide range of substrate weights, sizes and thickness; enhanced media feeding; and the ability for digital print quality adjustments, the new black-and-white imageRUNNER Pro devices are ideal for commercial printers and corporate in-plants who support demanding data center, financial, education, manufacturing, health care and graphic arts applications. Canon will be demonstrating a Digital Books On-Demand solution using the new imageRUNNER Pro 7138VP and third-party workflow solutions. Copies of "Call of the Wild" will be printed out during the demonstration;

* imagePRESS C1 Digital Press - The imagePRESS C1 digital color press delivers the look and feel of offset print for short-run and production color applications while bringing accurate color early to the proofing and design process. The imagePRESS C1 digital color press base configuration will be available in late-October with a suggested retail price starting at $29,000;

* imagePRESS C7000VP - Poised to revolutionize digital printing and the star of the show at the AIIM On Demand show earlier this year, Canon's imagePRESS C7000VP digital press will deliver consistent print speed at 70 pages-per-minute (ppm) for letter-sized output in color regardless of the weight of the media combining productivity with offset image quality output. The imagePRESS will begin shipping in limited quantities in March of 2007 with regional availability to follow during the second quarter of 2007. The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the imagePRESS C7000VP base print engine with imagePRESS Server A3000 is $230,000;

* imageRUNNER C5180 - Introduced earlier this year, the Color imageRUNNER C5180 device brings fast engine and data processing speed and reliable color to office and professionals users alike;

* imagePROGRAF iPF Large Format Printers - imagePROGRAF iPF printers on display include the 60-inch iPF 9000, which recently was awarded top honors in the "Poster Print" category of the Digital Printing & Imaging Association's Product-of-the-Year competition, the 44-inch iPF 8000, the 36-inch dye-based iPF700, and the 24-inch iPF600 in a Scan-to-Print demonstration with an imageRUNNER device;

* imageWARE Prepress Manager - imageWARE Prepress Manager is a robust make-ready application, with advanced job management functionality, helping high-volume printers better integrate hard-copy and digital files into their overall workflow; and

* imageWARE Accounting Manager for MEAP - imageWARE Accounting Manager for MEAP is an embedded cost accounting and recovery system, ideal for tracking and controlling costs in production or print-for-pay environments.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. The Company is listed as one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies in America and is rated #35 on the BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands." Its parent company Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ) is a top patent holder of technology, ranking second overall in the U.S. in 2005, with global revenues of $31.8 billion. For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com.
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