Canon in the UK and Abroad
Canon (UK) Ltd is the UK marketing and sales operation for the global company - Canon Inc - based in Tokyo, Japan. The company first established a presence in the UK in 1976. At that time the activities were limited to marketing calculators, micrographic equipment, copiers and similar products for the business market. In 1982, a separate camera sales operation was formed, .i.e., Canon (UK) Ltd. Canon Europe currently employs over 11,000 people across 20 countries and sells to customers in more than 110 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). In the UK and Ireland, Canon currently employs around 1,450 people in various locations including the head office at Woodhatch in Surrey. The other locations across the UK include London, Birmingham, Livingston (Scotland) and Belfast.
Canon's success story began in Japan in the 1930s, when a small group set out to establish their presence in camera technology. Canon invested more than £21 million in the construction of its UK Headquarters and the building was officially opened by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in April 2000. The concept of energy conservation is highlighted here with the recycling of demolition material at the original site. Solar panels generate up to 35kw of power, and energy is further conserved through various features including a natural air conditioning system and the use of special heat-absorbing concrete. Designed to showcase the company's cutting edge products, the building is a "living showroom". The building made such a high impact in its own community and was awarded The Reigate Society Award 2000. Canon UK & Ireland was also ranked tenth place in the Sunday Times Best Green Companies 2010.
The main business focus for Canon (UK) Ltd is divided into two clearly defined market segments. The Business Imaging segment covers the office and professional printing environments including multifunctional printers, IT consultation, photocopiers, printers, large format printers, fax machines, document management hardware & software, solutions and services. The second division is the Consumer Imaging segment which takes care of input solutions such as film and digital SLR cameras, digital still compact cameras, camcorders, binoculars, calculators and scanners; and output solutions -inkjet and laser printers, faxes, desktop all-in-ones and multimedia projectors. In addition to this, the Canon's Broadcast Division is an extension of the product portfolio covering the supply and servicing of professional lenses and their accessories to the Television Broadcasting industry.
Canon Europe contributes approximately a third of the company's global revenue. Canon Europe's sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 were ¥309 billion (US $3,354 million) (October 1, 2009 - December 31, 2009). Canon Europe's sales for the year 2009 were ¥995 billion (US $10,817 million or 7.5 billion euro).