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1980

Canon U.S.A. Headquarters moves to a new location at One Canon Plaza in Lake Success, NY.

Canon enters the facsimile market with the FAX-601.

Canon product showroom opens in Los Angeles.

Canon U.S.A. sales exceeds $500 million.

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1982

The PC-10 and PC-20 are introduced as the world’s first personal copying machines with replaceable cartridges.

Canon enters the home video market with the VC-10A camera and VR-10A recorder.

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1983

The LBP-CX, the world's smallest laser beam printer was introduced.

The T50 SLR camera is introduced and wins the 1983 Good Design Grand Prize.

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1984

The Semiconductor Equipment Division is formed.


The PC Printer 70 is introduced as the world's first plain paper reader/printer for COM.

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1984

Copying enters the Laser Age with the NP-9030 Laser Copier.

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1985

The BJ-80 is launched as the world's first inkjet printer using bubble-jet technology.

Canon Virginia Inc. (CVI) is established in the U.S.A.

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1986

The NP-3000 Custom Series copiers are the first dual-color models made in the U.S.

The RC-701 is introduced as the world's first professional still video camera.

Satellite offices in Denver, Houston and Detroit open.

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1987

Canon Virginia, Inc. opens in Newport News, VA.


Canon U.S.A. sales exceed $2 billion.

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1988

Canon EXPO 1988 is held in New York and Los Angeles.


Canon Business Machines de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. is established.


The corporate philosophy of Kyosei is introduced.

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1989

The EOS-1 top-of-the-line professional autofocus SLR and L series EF lenses are introduced.