The Japanese digital imaging company Canon sees Australia not only as a market for its products but also as a location for research and development. The fruit of Australian technology research in related fields is exported for use in Canon products worldwide.
Takanobu (Taz) Nakamasu, Managing Director of Canon Australia, will discuss the activities of Canon's Australian R&D company, CiSRA.
What have been the drivers of Canon's success in the Australian market and what strengths can Australia offer in basic research and development of high-tech products?
Canon Australia was established in Australia in 1978 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the US$35 billion Canon Inc. group. Headquartered in Macquarie Park, Sydney, Canon Australia currently employs 890 people and has offices in most mainland capital cities.
Canon has ranked among the top-four US patent recipients for the past 21 years, and had global revenues of over $US40 billion in 2012.
Takanobu (Taz) Nakamasu was appointed Managing Director of Canon Australia in April 2011 and is responsible for leading the Company’s short and long term strategic direction in the Oceania region.
Mr. Nakamasu has broad experience and knowledge gained working within the product and sales and marketing divisions of the Canon Group over the past 30 years. Taz’s vision is to ensure Canon continues to be the leading customer focused imaging company in the region.
Prior to commencing in his current role, Taz held a Group Executive position in Office Imaging at Canon Inc. in Tokyo. Prior to that, he spent 20 years in Europe in a variety of product and marketing management roles.As Marketing Director of Canon Europe, Taz successfully implemented a channel and product marketing approach across Western Europe that resulted in significant growth for Canon Europe.
Mr. Nakamasu is currently the President of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Sydney Inc.
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