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Canon unveiled three new concept production machines, including an imagePress with clear toner capability, at its Paris Expo event.

The company was keeping details of the new machine, codenamed imagePress Z, under wraps, but it is understood to based on the firm's flagship imagePress C7010. It appears to utilise the clear toner technology of the entry-level imagePress C1+, launched at Drupa 2008, which can produce matt or gloss flood varnish finishes, spot varnish and a pseudo-metallic effect.

However, Canon Europe Professional Print director David Preskett stressed that at this stage the concept machines unveiled at the three-day event, were just that: concepts.

As well as the concept imagePress, the firm also unveiled two concept wide-format imagePrograf engines, the X and the Y. The latter is targeted at the CAD market, but the former could prove to be Canon's first outdoor-certified press.

The machine was demonstrated printing on a vinyl substrate, and is understood to use Canon-developed water-based, light-fast inks and as well as next generation Canon inkjet heads. Both machines were demonstrated live, but the company declined to reveal further technical specifications.

It also launched a consultancy business in collaboration with Accenture, which will target business process optimisation opportunities within "large European organisations" in sectors like financial services.