Canon has been offering innovative products for creating moving and still images to its customers around the world for over 70 years. Founded in 1937, Canon has developed into a globally active and diversified business: Business Solutions, Consumer Imaging, Broadcast & Communications, Medical Systems and Industrial Products.
With annual net sales of 4.481 trillion yen and 131,352 employees worldwide, including over 11,000 in Europe, in 239 companies, Canon is one of the most widely recognised and respected corporate groups in the world.
An inexhaustible supply of innovative ideas has always guaranteed Canon's position right at the top of the industry. Whenever businesses and consumers prefer Canon products, they are choosing reliable, stylish, and advanced technology.
Canon's corporate philosophy ‘Kyosei’ forms the core of the value system as well as its business and sponsorship activities. The term ‘kyosei’ comes from Japanese and means "living and working together for the common good". This basic idea shapes the values at Canon and describes the moral responsibility that Canon takes as a company company.
Environmental thinking is also a fundamental part of this philosophy. It works on principles that seek to maximize the harmony between ecology and technology, and integrates the environment into all business areas at every stage of technology development, production and marketing.
Canon Inc.'s 2007 year-end figures, with net sales of 4.481 trillion yen, showed an increase of 7.8% year-on-year. Canon has now increased sales and profits for the 8th year in a row. Canon is listed on exchanges in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Sapporo and New York.
In 2007, Canon achieved the following rankings:
# 36 in Business Week's rankings ‘The World's Best Global Brands 2007’.
46th in the ranking in the World's Most Admired Companies list in Fortune magazine.
Canon has been present in Germany with its independent subsidiary for over 30 years, with headquarters located in Krefeld for the last 10 years. Top class office and information systems have made Canon Germany one of the first port of call in the field of IT and communications technology.
The product range - with still cameras, video cameras, binoculars, printers, copiers, scanners, fax machines and projectors as well as sophisticated individual user solutions makes the company a specialist in the most diverse areas of the IT business as well as for end users.