Installations of Canon’s Océ Colorado printer line surpass 1,000

Canon Océ Colorado 1640 Wide Format Printer.

Canon Solutions America and Canon Europe have announced the completion of more than 1,000 global installations of the Canon Océ Colorado roll-to-roll wide-format printer series, powered by UVgel technology. Since September of 2019, the global user base operating the OEM’s Océ Colorado 1640 and 1650 printers achieved combined monthly print volumes of more than 10.7 million square feet! Implementation of the Océ Colorado printers has expanded rapidly, said Canon, with each installation producing higher volumes than initially forecasted. Sixteen percent of Colorado customers have now printed more than 269,000 square feet per year on each device. The OEM added that Océ Colorado 1640 users have been pleased with the printer’s productivity and suitability for applications where robust, short-term graphics are needed without lamination.

Peter Kowalczuk.

“The Océ Colorado series of wide-format printers, powered by UVgel technology, has successfully filled the gap performance-wise between current technologies in the roll-to-roll production market. Our satisfied customers are reaping the benefits of these highly efficient production units to help grow their businesses further,” said Peter Kowalczuk, President of Canon Solutions America.

Earlier this year, Canon introduced the Océ Colorado 1650 as the next member of the Colorado family. Among its innovative features is a new flexible ink for customers producing applications that need to be folded, wrapped or bent – such as framed canvasses, soft signage, front-lit and back-lit graphics, surface décor applications (such as flexible wall coverings and outdoor applications including vehicle graphics). The latest model also comes equipped with unique Océ FLXfinish technology, which enables users to choose between gloss or matte effects without the need to change inks or media, thus offering an even wider range of applications. “We’re working in a dynamic market with constantly evolving application requirements,” said Dick Brouns, Vice President of Large Format Graphics at Océ Technologies. “Our R&D philosophy is to listen and work closely with our customers and partners to focus our innovation on actual customer demand. After the initial success of the Océ Colorado 1640, we identified further growth opportunities for customers who can benefit from a matte finish and a more flexible ink.”


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.