To help celebrate the official launch of Canon Professional Print (CPP) – the newly merged Canon and Océ business here in Australia – I had the pleasure of an invite to the exclusive evening held at Melbourne’s Bohemian Restaurant on South Wharf held during PacPrint.
From the moment I stepped in the door, I felt not only welcomed, but amongst friends. The room was (very) full of Canon Professional Print customers across the entire range of solutions. The businesses represented in the room weren’t simply those with the high end ColorStream or JetStream continuous printing systems and the VarioPrint cutsheet solutions, but also included those with imagePROGRAF wide format, Arizona flat bed for display graphics, and even those diversifying with a mixture of technologies including photo copiers and office printers; many also utilising PRISMA software solutions too.
Canon Professional Print’s Tim Saleeba welcoming guests to the evening
Without much ado, Tim Saleeba, general manager of sales for Canon Professional Print, welcomed the guests to the evening and after thanking CPP’s Marketing Manager Damian Schaller and other staff for organising the evening, simply asked everyone to enjoy the food and drink, and have a good time. It wasn’t until after that I realised that there was no mention of selling machines or new solutions, the evening genuinely felt like a celebration and big thank you to the customers.
I had the good fortune to spend some time with both customers and Canon across many sectors of Canon’s business staff throughout the evening. I’m not sure of the impact of the Canon acquisition of Océ in other markets, however I think that one of the major benefits in Australasia has been the almost seamless transition, with a large majority of Océ staff continuing to look after things for Canon Professional Print.
This successful merger was definitely a theme for the evening. It was a great opportunity to not only hear from real people about how their businesses have been enhanced by the use of Canon and Océ solutions, but to hear the passion that they have, not only for the technology, but for the Canon staff who they feel genuinely care about their business.
Melbourne’s Bohemian Restaurant on South Wharf was an excellent venue for Canon Professional Print’s launch
Although it was all about Professional Print, the night was as much about celebrating success
Brett Dashwood outside the Canon Professional Print evening during PacPrint
No shortage of conversation during the evening as customers discussed their Canon and Océ solutions