About Canon

Enriching lives and business through imaging experiences. Everything we do, wherever we do it, begins with this.
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About Canon

We’re a leading technology company, founded in 1937, and we’re dedicated to helping people reimagine and push the boundaries of what is possible through imaging.

Our continuous innovation has kept us at the forefront of imaging excellence throughout our 80-year history which has enabled us to develop industry-leading technology supporting future demands of photographers, videographers, office workers, professional printers, medical imaging experts and more.

We utilise our imaging technologies to go beyond the rich lineup of our existing products to cultivating new areas of business where our imaging technology can push the boundaries of what is possible. This reaches into satellite development, medical advancements, growing the possibilities of print and industrial equipment and network video cameras, which contribute towards building smart cities. Canon’s core strength in optical and imaging technology is also contributing to advances in astronomy.

By constantly tackling new challenges, we firmly believe that we can uphold our corporate philosophy of “Kyosei” which conveys our dedication to seeing all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously living and working together for the common good and to contribute to a prosperous society.

Read our Canon Story to find out more about the company and The Canon Frontier booklet for our Technology and R&D advancements. For more information on the history of Canon, please visit our global site.

About Canon Europe

We contribute approximately a quarter of Canon’s global revenues annually. Based in London, UK and Amstelveen, Netherlands, Canon Europe handles regional sales and marketing operations for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Canon Europe and its Group companies employ over 13,300 people in approximately 120 markets throughout the region.

Our Corporate Story

Within the EMEA region we have been in business for over 60 years and our purpose is to use imaging to transform our world.

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Canon Research & Manufacturing facilities in Europe

Canon has a number of research and manufacturing facilities in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, bringing innovation and new solutions to our business:

  • Axis Communications

    R&D of network video solutions.

  • BriefCam Ltd.

    Video analytics solutions for transforming video into searchable, actionable, and quantifiable intelligence.

  • Canon Bretagne

    Produces, manufactures, recycles and fills toner cartridges throughout Europe.

  • Canon France Research Centre

    R&D of network and communication technologies for transmission and connectivity to high-quality, high-volume video data processing: and security camera systems and technologies.

  • Canon Giessen

    Service and Support centre including the remanufacturing and repair of copiers and cameras.

  • Canon Medical Research Europe Ltd.

    R&D of clinical decision support systems AI automation.

  • Canon Ophthalmic Technologies

    Deliver leading-edge imaging technologies and is a key supplier of software used in modern eye diagnostic equipment.

  • Canon Production Printing Germany

    R&D, manufacture, sale and distribution of very high speed volume printers, ancillary equipment, software and consumables

  • Canon Production Printing Netherlands

    R&D of large format commercial printers, medium and high-speed printers for office use, consumables etc.

  • Milestone Systems

    R&D of video management solutions.


    Development and sales of print and scan management solutions.

  • Canon Camera

    Canon Group Companies based in Europe

    We have the broadest portfolio of optical technology and remain a global leader within the industry. We do this with a number of group companies who offer their expertise in software, video network solutions, print and medical research to bring the most innovative imaging technology to market.

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