Canon’s ImagePROGRAF iPFX400 Large Format Printer Series Awarded IDEAlliance SWOP® and GRACoL® Hard Copy Proofing

  Canon’s ImagePROGRAF iPFX400 Large Format Printer Series Awarded IDEAlliance
  SWOP® and GRACoL® Hard Copy Proofing Certification

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MELVILLE, N.Y. -- August 1, 2013

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leading provider of digital imaging solutions, today
announced that IDEAlliance has awarded Hard Copy Proofing Certification for
SWOP^® (Specifications for Web Offset Publications) grades 3 & 5 and GRACoL^®
(General Requirements and Applications for Commercial Offset Lithography)
grade 1, to Canon’s imagePROGRAF iPFX400 series. IDEAlliance SWOP and GRACoL
Hard Copy Proofing Certification of the Canon iPFX400 printer series indicates
end-users that the appearance of the hard copy proof used in the application
will be consistent and accurate with the final print production product based
on industry standards.

These IDEAlliance certifications are based on the testing of three components
including: the imagePROGRAF iPF6450 large format printer^* with LUCIA EX ink,
GMG Proof Paper Semi-matte 250 and GMG ColorProof RIP software. Canon’s
imagePROGRAF large-format print devices include an enhanced Multi-Sensor for
color consistency and advanced printing technology specifically developed to
produce prints with an enhanced color range and improved durability, making
them an ideal fit for high-end proofing environments.

GMG Vice President of Sales Joseph Varone commenting on the certifications
stated, “We are pleased with the performance of the new Canon imagePROGRAF
iPFX400 series printers. This is a very capable printing platform offering
high image resolution, fast production speed, excellent color gamut and
outstanding repeatability. The new LUCIA EX inks deliver a much larger gamut
than GRACoL, making this certification process easy.”

“Providing high quality contract proofing solutions as well as the ability to
deliver solutions that meet the industry’s highest standards – SWOP and GRACoL
- for inkjet proofing systems is a top priority at Canon,” said Sam Yoshida,
Vice President and General Manager, Marketing, Business Imaging Solutions
Group, Canon U.S.A. “We are honored and delighted that we have received this
prestigious industry certification.”

The imagePROGRAF iPFX400 large format printer series which includes the
iPF9400, iPF8400, iPF6450 and the iPF6400 printers are designed for
professionals seeking the highest possible standards for quality-control and
image reproduction in the graphic, fine art, photography and proofing markets.

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About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business,
and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $40 billion in
global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall
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About GMG

GMG is a leading developer and supplier of high-end color management software
solutions, founded in 1984 and located in Tuebingen, Germany. With more than
25 years of experience in the graphic arts industry, the GMG brand is
synonymous with a guarantee for high-quality solutions for everything to do
with color. GMG's goal is to provide complete solutions for standardizing and
simplifying the color management workflow in order to achieve consistent
colors on all media types and with any printing technology. Today, more than
11,000 systems are in use among customers around the globe. These span a wide
range of industries and application areas including advertising agencies;
prepress houses; offset, flexo, packaging, digital, wide format and gravure
printers. GMG is represented by branches and authorized dealers the world

About IDEAlliance, SWOP and GRACol

IDEAlliance (International Digital Enterprise Alliance) is a not-for-profit
membership organization that has been a leader in information technology and
publishing since 1966. IDEAlliance advances core technology to develop
standards and best practices to enhance efficiency and speed information all
facets of publishing – creation, production, management and delivery of
knowledge-based content – digitally and in print. SWOP was initiated in 1975
as a response to the printing industry’s need for uniform specifications and
tolerances to ensure consistency and quality of material in publications. In
2005, SWOP merged with IDEAlliance. The GRACol Committee was formed in 1996 to
develop maintain and publish printing guidelines that have since become de
facto standards in many pressrooms.

†Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark

All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their
respective owners.

^*Although the iPF6450 was the machine that was tested, the certification
applies to the entire iPFX400 series.

SWOP and GRACoL are registered trademarks of IDEAlliance


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