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Canon Production Print says drupa will see a host of new technologies launched on its stand, all the results of an R&D spend which is eight per cent of its total revenue.

Coming to drupa: Canon Arizona 2300 flatbed FlxFlow
Coming to drupa: Canon Arizona 2300 flatbed FlxFlow

The company will have a new inkjet B3 cutsheet printer, the VarioPrint iX 1700, which will print at 2400 x 1200dpi printheads, with  new water-based polymer inks.

In wide-format there will be “lots” of enhancements to the flatbed Arizona and the roll-to-roll Colorado. There will also be a new Arizona, the 2300, with the vacuum and air cushion FlxFlow system.

There will also be a new webfed inkjet, the ProStream 2000 Series, which in length is 20 per cent shorter than the current 3000 Series. It will run at 133 metres a minute on a 558mm web width on media of 150gsm, and on resolution at 1200dpi.

Canon is among those manufacturers who are aiming to help B1 commercial print businesses to shift their high volume work from offset to inkjet web.

There will also be a new 160 metres a minute ProStream 3060, and a new 200 metres a minute ColorStream 8200, which will be shown with an integrated book finishing line from Hunkeler.

Labels and packaging will also form a key part of the Canon zone, with Canon saying its inkjet technology is capable of meeting packaging requirements. Canon says it is developing print solutions in labels, in corrugated, and in folding carton. It says along with product innovation it will be presenting business innovation.

In folding carton Canon will show the imagePress V1350 and the VarioPrint iX3200, with technology from Edale which Canon bought three years ago also to the fore.

In corrugated Canon will show the Arizona 2380 XTF and a UVgel ink created for packaging material. Canon has made it clear it will enter the corrugated market, and will showcase “industrial scale” packaging with a sheetfed single pass corrugated press using between four and seven colours printed with water based inks, and able to print 8000sqm an hour.

In labels Canon will have the LabelStream LS2000, which uses foodsafe water based inks in CMYK and white, and prints o a 340mm web at 40 metres a minute.

Finally for those who had a look at the B2 sheetfed inkjet press at the last drupa 2016, Canon has said that “more details will be released at drupa”.

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