Canon SA has completed its acquisition of Océ SA following Competition Commission approval for the deal, and Océ SA was formally integrated into Canon SA on 1 July 2015.
“We are delighted that Canon SA’s acquisition of Océ SA has received the go-ahead. We can now start working on integrating our two businesses to build the most formidable, highly-competent and capable professional and production printing company in Africa,” says Gian de Vallier, MD of Canon SA.
“Together Canon SA and Océ SA will be better positioned to offer more support, enhanced expertise and strategic investment into the Canon brand. For customers, Océ SA’s integration with Canon SA means they will have access to a wider range of qualified support services and greater choice. From now on, Canon SA will work more closely than ever before with customers. We believe that the expertise of Océ SA in sales and service coupled with Canon’s technology is a very strong proposition for customers throughout southern Africa,” De Vallier adds.
Canon SA first announced in April this year its intention to acquire Océ SA and bring together Canon’s technology and expertise with Océ SA’s market-leading services. A new value added business unit will be created to work directly with customers in the professional and production printing sectors. The unit will extend expertise and infrastructure to empower opportunities in new markets.
Canon SA will continue to invest in the necessary resources to bring to the region innovations in hardware, software and professional services developed by Canon together with the expertise of Océ SA.
No retrenchments are planned as part of the acquisition and the intention is to integrate all of Océ SA’s employees into Canon SA.
De Vallier concludes: “Océ SA boasts a strong local presence and proven track-record which complement Canon’s products and services and will ensure that we can deliver the highest quality, technologically advanced and appropriately supported solutions. The approval of the acquisition is a very positive development for Canon South Africa.”