Canon have announced that they are to partner with 3D Systems, a leading global provider of 3D printing technology.
The distribution agreement between the two companies will see Canon market, sell and support the advanced manufacturing 3D printers from 3D Systems. Canon will distribute the ProJet 1200, 3500, 4500, 6000 and 7000 series across the UK and Ireland, with a view to rolling the models out across Europe.
Customers will benefit from the partnership, giving users access to the advanced 3D technology from 3D Systems, as well as service and support from Canon.
The partnership with 3D Systems, which is Canon's first foray into 3D printing in the UK and Ireland, is part of the ongoing growth strategy of expansion into new technology that delivers value to customers.
The focus for both Canon and 3D Systems when it comes to the 3D printers is prototyping for rapid product development, across industries such as engineering, architecture and manufacturing.
Jeppe Frandsen, head of Production Printing Group, Canon Europe, says: “At Canon we’re continually assessing new market opportunities where we believe we can make a difference to our customers. It’s clear that, because of the potential business benefits it can deliver, 3D printing is one such opportunity.
"Not only does this add to an extensive technology portfolio that few can match, but we also believe we can deliver an exceptional sales and service experience to fully support our customers in this innovative and dynamic area of the market.”
Frandsen continues: “This partnership, together with Canon’s own significant investment in R&D, reflects both our long term commitment to 3D printing and our ongoing dedication to deliver advanced technology and support to our customers to help them improve the performance and profitability of their businesses.”
“We are excited to team up with a proven and experienced partner like Canon Europe to expand our distribution across the UK and Ireland,” says Michele Marchesan, Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer, 3D Systems.
“Canon is a trusted provider of industry solutions with strong service and support, and we are thrilled to extend our advanced 3D printing technology to a wider range of customers and applications.”
Canon will begin to sell 3D printers from 3D Systems' advanced manufacturing portfolio from March onwards.