Pre-PMA 2006: Canon has annouced the latest addition to its large format printer range, the imagePROGRAF IPF5000. This A2 (17-inch) desktop printer combines a high-density twin print head and FINE (Full Photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) technology to produce 'industry best image quality'.

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Press Release:

Canon Europe expands its large format portfolio

• New large format device set to bolster Canon presence within large format space
• Continued investment into large format sector planned throughout 2006
• 17” (A2) desktop device utilises industry first technology to deliver industry best image quality at high speed

AMSTELVEEN, 21February 2006 – Canon Europe, world leader in digital imaging technology, has today launched the newest addition to its large format printer (LFP) range, the Canon imagePROGRAF iPF5000, aimed at the Graphic Arts market. In order to achieve its goal of becoming a dominant force within the large format arena, the launch of the imagePROGRAF iPF5000 is the first of a raft of newly developed products designed to deliver the market requirement of colour accuracy and consistency at speed, whilst remaining reliable and user-friendly.

“We see LFP as an integral part of our Professional Print offering. Having launched a new product every year for the last five years, Canon’s presence within the LFP market has grown across Europe to achieve almost 10% MaSh, whilst our LFP business has grown by almost 45% in the last year alone. The launch of the imagePROGRAF iPF5000 marks Canon’s assertiveness within this sector and drive to increase our product range further in order to become a leading voice in the LFP industry,” commented Paul Hinkins, LFP European Product Marketing Manager, Canon Europe.

The imagePROGRAF iPF5000 utilises new, unique technology that induces productivity and high-quality output that delivers accurate and consistent results. This 17” (A2) desktop device amalgamates an industry-first, high-density twin print head and FINE (Full Photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) technology to produce industry best image quality. Furthermore, a high-speed controller, as well as functions that automatically detect corresponding media and ink, means that output speed does not compromise quality.

The twin, high-density print head, a key feature of the imagePROGRAF iPF5000, enhances the speed of printing as well as the durability of the device as it crams over 30,000 nozzles into two 1” print heads. Moreover, by incorporating FINE technology, 4-pl (picolitre) ink droplets ensure delicate colour graduation, high-definition expression and accuracy. Canon’s revolutionary 12-colour pigment ink system not only improves print quality but also media compatibility and colour range. The broad colour gamut is realised with the addition of red, green and blue inks, as well as two varieties of grey, photo grey and grey, that enable smooth colour graduation whilst realising a neutral and constant monochrome. In addition, the use of two types of black ink, photo black and matte black guarantees extended media compatibility. By achieving the widest colour gamut in its class, the imagePROGRAF iPF5000 answers the market’s strong demand for accurate colour reproduction on a variety of media, especially in the art and photographic arenas.

Efficiency is further increased thanks to a newly developed high speed controller that processes images quickly and executes three types of processing: high-speed print processing, image processing and high quality print processing with glossy/ art paper. Furthermore, the flexibility of the imagePROGRAF iPF5000 is enhanced due to a four-way media feeder: via a cassette, roll and manual feed from the front and top of the device. This means that at any one time, two types of media are always available and so the device is as productive as possible.

“This device signifies our continued foray into the LFP market. By considering every possible function and use of the imagePROGRAF iPF5000 – and not compromising speed or image quality – we have produced a device that is a cost-efficient answer to market needs. The imagePROGRAF iPF5000 unites market-leading technology with user-friendliness that will pave the way for Canon to further establish its presence to the large format sector,” concluded Paul Hinkins, LFP European Product Marketing Manager, Canon Europe.

The imagePROGRAF iPF5000 comes with Canon’s PosterArtist and Digital Photo Print Professional as standard, as well as a print plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop and Canon’s own Digital Photo Professional software, which is supplied with its EOS range of cameras. It can be configured to an existing network and has been designed to ensure ease-of-use and effective print management.

The imagePROGRAF iPF5000 will be available throughout Europe from April 17, 2006.