Employing around 1,700 people in various locations in the UK and Ireland, the main business focus for Canon (UK) Ltd is in two clearly defined market segments.
Business Solutions covering both the office and professional printing environments including: multifunctional printers, IT consultation, photocopiers, printers, large format printers, fax machines, document management hardware & software
Consumer Imaging - input solutions such as film and digital SLR cameras, digital still compact cameras, camcorders, binoculars, calculators and scanners; and output solutions -inkjet and laser printers, faxes, desktop all-in-ones and multimedia projectors
In addition to our business and consumer operations, Canon's Broadcast Division is an extension of our product portfolio covering the supply and servicing of professional lenses and their accessories to the Television Broadcasting industry.
Canon’s success story began in Japan in the 1930s, when a small group of enthusiastic scientists set out to establish their presence in camera technology. The company first established a presence in the UK in 1976. At that time its activities were confined to the sale of calculators, micrographic equipment, copiers and similar products for the business market. In 1982 a separate camera sales operation was merged to form Canon (UK) Ltd, and since then the company has grown to become a world-leading provider of market-driven digital imaging solutions for both office and home environments.
Canon UK’s Headquarters
is at Woodhatch in Surrey and the company invested more than £21 million in a building which was opened by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh in April 2000. The purpose-built head office fuses visually stunning architecture with the latest in business solutions technology. The environmentally friendly building is landscaped to blend into the natural slope of a hill, preserving existing meadowland and tree areas.
The concept of energy conservation was adopted from the outset, with the recycling of demolition material and the preservation of the original site. Solar panels generate up to 35kw of power, and energy is further conserved through various features, including a natural air conditioning system and the use of special heat-absorbing concrete. Designed to showcase the company’s cutting edge products, the building is not only a landmark but also a symbol that represents everything Canon values.
The building at Woodhatch is the recipient of a total of nine awards including the Royal Fine Art Commission Trust 2001 Building of the Year Award, and has been awarded the highest rating by BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) for its energy saving initiatives. This impressive building made such an impact in its own community it won The Reigate Society Award 2000. Amongst the nine awards are The Civic Trust Award 2001, British Council for Offices (Best Corporate Workplace 2000), British Institute of Facility Managers (Green Office of the Year Award 1999), Institution of Structural Engineers (Structural Award 2000), Brick Awards 2000 (encompassing Best Commercial Building and Landscape Project) and the Times/Gestetner Digital Office Collection 2000.
Canon UK has regional business centres in East and West London, Birmingham, Livingston (Scotland), Belfast and Dublin. In addition, the national business solutions showroom in the city of London – The View – is a perfect business-to-business environment in which to see how technology, products and the collaborative knowhow of people come together to improve office efficiency.
Canon UK follows the company’s global philosophy of Kyosei - living and working together for the common good, which clearly demonstrates commitment to customers, staff and the environment shared by all. In 2009, Canon came fourth in the "Best Big/Mid sized companies with Medium environmental impact" category in The Sunday Times Best Green Companies Award
and 32nd overall in the UK's Top 60 companies demonstrating 'green' behaviour. These results represent a sound endorsement that, as a company, we practise what we preach in terms of our environmental objectives.