Canon has announced a distribution agreement to market, sell and support 3D Systems’ range of manufacturing 3D printers in the UK and Ireland, with a view to rolling out distribution to the European market. The deal comes at a time when end-user spending on 3D printing technology is set to increase from $1.6 billion in 2015 to $13.4 billion by 2018¹.
The partnership gives customers access to 3D Systems’ advanced 3D printing technology – including the ProJet 1200, 3500 series, 4500, 6000 and 7000 – supported by Canon’s superior service and support network. With a focus on prototyping for rapid product development, the partnership will open up 3D printing opportunities to customers in the engineering, manufacturing and architecture sectors.
The agreement with this leading global provider of 3D printing technology reflects Canon’s ongoing growth strategy of expanding into new technology domains to deliver significant value to its customers.
“At Canon we’re continually assessing new market opportunities where we believe we can make a difference to our customers,” explains Jeppe Frandsen, Head of Production Printing Group, Canon Europe. “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.”
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.
¹ Gartner press release, 27 October 2014 - ‘Gartner Says Worldwide Shipments of 3D Printers to Reach More Than 217,000 in 2015’