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Océ VarioPrint 135 Digital Press Receives Buyers Laboratory PRO Award

Monochrome Light-to-Mid-Volume Digital Press Chosen for its Exceptional Performance and Image Quality

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 30, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, was recognized with a Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) PRO Award, which honors the Océ VarioPrint 135 digital press as Outstanding Monochrome Light-to Mid-Volume Production Device. New this year, BLI's PRO Awards are presented to production-level devices that prove to be the best-in-class as determined in BLI's tests. BLI's production print field evaluations entail three full days of intensive testing during which tens of thousands of pages are printed. Devices are tested for productivity with coated and uncoated media in a wide range of weights and sizes, simulating an array of real-world job scenarios. BLI technicians also evaluate image quality; ease of use; job management; and media-handling capabilities such as paper sizes, weights and capacities supported, as well as available inline finishing options.

"Of all the production devices we've tested since launching our production test program, the Océ VarioPrint 135 digital press earned higher ratings in more areas of performance than any other," said BLI Managing Editor Daria Hoffman. "For image quality, in particular, it sets a benchmark as the first to earn our rarely awarded five-star rating thanks to superior text, fine lines, halftones, solid coverage consistency and mixed-page-element handling."

The Océ VarioPrint 135 digital press has an engine speed of up to 135 impressions per minute1 and incorporates a wide range of scanning and finishing capabilities from the Canon imagePRESS digital press line. The heart of the system is Océ DirectPress technology, which does not use light, high temperatures or electrical charges to create an image, making it a reliable and more sustainable alternative to traditional digital presses in the black and white market.

In addition, this digital press has high productivity because of Océ EnergyLogic technology, which matches the power requirements of a print job with the available power in the system, allowing the system to start printing quickly after a cold start and continue printing uninterrupted regardless of stock weight.

"The Océ VarioPrint 135 digital press offers users the performance and workflow integration capabilities necessary to satisfy today's need to maximize profitability and output quality," said Sam Yoshida, vice president and general manager, Marketing, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A. "It is a great honor to receive this prestigious award from Buyers Lab, acknowledging Canon and Océ's successful collaboration in delivering the next-generation of advanced monochrome digital presses."

Another key feature helping to improve efficiency is the Océ PRISMAsync controller which makes it easy for operators to manage complex print jobs while delivering Océ's renowned image consistency. The powerful Océ PRISMAsync controller closely integrates with other Océ PRISMA® workflow modules to help automate steps within the print production process, helping to decrease costs by delivering increased productivity.

About Buyers Laboratory LLC

Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) is the world's leading independent provider of analytical information and services to the digital imaging and document management industry. For over 50 years, buyers have relied on BLI to help them differentiate products' strengths and weaknesses and make the best purchasing decisions, while industry sales, marketing and product professionals have turned to BLI for insightful competitive intelligence and valued guidance on product development, competitive positioning and sales channel and marketing support. Using BLI's Web-based bliQ and Solutions Center services, 40,000 professionals worldwide create extensive side-by-side comparisons of hardware and software solutions for over 15,000 products globally, including comprehensive specifications and the performance results and ratings from BLI's unparalleled Lab, Solutions and Environmental Test Reports, the result of months of hands-on evaluation in its US and UK labs. The services, also available via mobile devices, include a comprehensive library of BLI's test reports, an image gallery, hard to find manufacturers' literature and valuable tools for configuring products, calculating total cost of ownership (TCO) and annual power usage. BLI also offers consulting and private, for-hire testing services that help manufacturers develop and market better products and consumables.

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About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $45.6 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2011† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in 2012. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.


† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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1 Speeds are based on letter size impressions per minute in duplex mode.