Japanese-based Canon Inc. reported on October 25, 2022, that its third-quarter (Q3) net income was 49.32 billion Japanese yen (US$440.33 million), significantly higher than last year’s 16.66 billion yen.
“In the first half of the year, we were unable to supply enough products to meet demand due to the shortage of semiconductors and other parts and components, which was made worse by Shanghai’s lockdown.”
“However, in the third quarter, by further promoting design changes and the procurement of alternative parts, we were largely able to produce products in the volume we planned for.”
The Printing Business Unit
Through a recovery in product supply, thanks to the
abatement of material shortages, Canon stated it significantly exceeded the
unit sales of last year in each printing category, which contributed to revenue
growth. As for profit, lower non-hardware sales in both laser and inkjet
printers led to a decline.
When forecasting the future, Canon has decided to
reduce its sales plan for printing due to lower demand for laser and inkjet
printer hardware, and non-hardware, including those linked to MFDs.
Thanks to the recovery in the number of people coming into the office, Canon has found the replacement of office MFDs (which was stagnant for a time during COVID-19) to be growing again.
The demand for printers, however, has decreased, reflecting a decline in working from home. In terms of print volume, although the recovery was modest in July and August, Canon has found it has been progressing well in Europe and the United States since the beginning of September. Canon expects print volumes to return to a pre-COVID level of about 80% of the volume experience in 2019 Q4.