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 user 2007-07-24 at 11:14:00 am Views: 68
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    Canon makes Viet Nam a printer capital
    (07-2007)Canon Viet Nam has gained remarkable growth in manufacturing, passing over Fujitsu to become the biggest hardware exporter with a total export turnover of US$640 million last year. Viet Nam News talked with Mike Asao, Canon Singapore Chief Representative in Viet Nam at the biggest ICT event, the Viet Nam Computer Electronics World Expo and Viet Nam ICT Outlook 2007.

    Can you talk about how Canon performed last year?
    We had a remarkable increase in hardware export thanks to our capacity in printers. Why did we decide to produce printers in Viet Nam?Printers constitute one of the major strategic products for Canon. It’s very important for the development of Canon all over the world. We chose Viet Nam due to the high quality of the workforce and an open policy from the government for foreign investors.Initially, our concentration was in China because the infrastructure in Viet Nam was not ready yet. But right now, we have some problems in China, especially anti-Japanese activities.We have found Viet Nam offers a good environment for investment and manufacturing. The infrastructure has improved as well.

    Canon is now very happy to operate in Viet Nam. We are certain we will continue to invest more in the country in the near future.
    For Canon’s exports, I can say it is growing tremendously. This year we will reach a total turnover of $1 billion. Thanks to the fast ratio, we plan on increasing our investments here.One thing I would like to highlight is that Canon appreciates people here and support from the government, which are very friendly to us. That is the reason why I can promise continuous investment from Canon to Viet Nam and that we will stay here for the long term.

    Can you comment on the local consumption market?
    Canon is honoured to be the Diamond Sponsor for the Viet Nam Computer Electronics World Expo and Viet Nam ICT Outlook for the fourth consecutive year. This time, we brought more than 100 new products, including digital cameras, camcorders, printers, scanners and projectors, to introduce to Vietnamese customers. We highly appreciate the local market, which includes very young people and those whose incomes will continue to grow for many years.

    Do you offer maintenance services for Canon’s products in Viet Nam?
    I have a good news for customers who love photography. The latest professional camera repair service centre is available in HCM City. The Canon Imaging Solution Centre at 439 Hai Ba Trung street, district 3, has been open since April. We are thinking about having another centre in Ha Noi as well.

    Can you tell us about the quality of Canon products made in Viet Nam?
    At present, Canon has three factories in the northern province of Bac Ninh. Products from these factories provide more than 50 per cent of demand for Canon printers from all over the world.The quality of the printers made in Viet Nam is very good. We can assure that the quality is exactly the same as that in Japan thanks to a strict quality control system, which meets international standards.Therefore, Vietnamese can be proud to see products made in Viet Nam now appearing throughout the world.