Canon has launched three large format printers in the Middle East market - 44-inch imagePROGRAF iPF8300, and the 24-inch imagePROGRAF iPF6350 and iPF6300 - for professional photographic, proofing and graphic arts markets. The new imagePROGRAF models will be available across Middle East through accredited Canon partners from 1st May 2010.

Vishal Gohel, product manager, Canon Middle East said: "Key findings in Canon's own insight research reports over the past two years have pinpointed large format as a growing business opportunity for a number of print-related market sectors. We are therefore responding to that demand by introducing innovative digital imaging technology in this new line of imagePROGRAF large format solutions.

"Delivering large format prints of outstanding quality and with the broadest available colour gamut, while maintaining optimum running costs and productivity, the new devices will help professional users to meet the demands of their customers and improve their business performance, without the need to invest in new workflows."

Canon has also developed a 12-colour Lucia Expigment ink system designed with a polymer structure that results in greater scratch resistance and protection from colour fading, while also reducing bronzing and metamerism to ensure durable, stable output it was learnt.

The rigidity of the mechanical structure of the new models has been increased to enable more precise ink placement, resulting in improved line and text accuracy and colour uniformity.