21 Sep 2020

HP reports 8% increase in revenue


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HP today announced financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended Jan. 31, 2010, with net revenue of $31.2 billion, up 8% from a year earlier and up 5% when adjusted for the effects of currency.

In the first quarter, GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) was $0.96, up from $0.75 in the prior-year period. Non-GAAP EPS was $1.10, up from $0.93 in the prior-year period. Non-GAAP financial information excludes after-tax costs of approximately $0.14 per share and $0.18 per share in the first quarter of fiscal 2010 and 2009, respectively, related primarily to the amortization of purchased intangibles, restructuring charges and acquisition-related charges.

"HP is well-positioned to outperform the market," said Mark Hurd, HP chairman and chief executive officer. "The strength of our portfolio, leaner cost structure and accelerating market momentum give us the confidence to raise our full-year outlook."

Information about HP's use of non-GAAP financial information is provided under "Use of non-GAAP financial information" below. Unless otherwise noted, all growth rates included in the narrative below reflect year-over-year comparisons.

First quarter revenue was up 9% in the Americas to $13.6 billion. Revenue was up 1% in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and 26% in Asia Pacific to $12.1 billion and $5.4 billion, respectively. When adjusted for the effects of currency, revenue was up 7% in the Americas, down 1% in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and up 19% in Asia Pacific. Revenue from outside of the United States in the first quarter accounted for 65% of total HP revenue, with revenue in the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) increasing 41% over the prior-year period while accounting for 10% of total HP revenue.

"Solid performance across the business and disciplined execution on our cost initiatives contributed to strong growth in cash flow and EPS," said Cathie Lesjak, HP executive vice president and chief financial officer. "We will continue to invest for growth and leverage our scale and global position to take advantage of an improving demand environment."

Enterprise Storage and Servers

Enterprise Storage and Servers (ESS) reported total revenue of $4.4 billion, up 11%. Industry Standard Server revenue increased 27% while Storage revenue declined 3% with the midrange EVA product line down 5%. Business Critical Systems revenue declined 22%, while ESS blade revenue was up 24%. Operating profit was $552 million, or 12.6% of revenue, up from $406 million, or 10.3% of revenue, in the prior-year period.

Imaging and Printing Group

Imaging and Printing Group (IPG) revenue increased 4% to $6.2 billion. Supplies revenue was up 1%, up 4% in constant currency, while Commercial hardware revenue and Consumer hardware revenue increased 4% and 21%, respectively. Printer unit shipments increased 16%, with Commercial printer hardware units up 11% and Consumer printer hardware units up 18%. Operating profit was $1.1 billion, or 17.0% of revenue, versus $1.1 billion, or 18.5% of revenue, in the prior-year period.

Personal Systems Group

Personal Systems Group (PSG) posted a 26% increase in unit shipments and maintained the leading market share position in PCs worldwide. PSG revenue increased 20% to $10.6 billion. Notebook revenue for the quarter was up 25%, while Desktop revenue increased 16%. Commercial client revenue was up 16%, while Consumer client revenue increased 26%. Operating profit was $530 million, or 5.0% of revenue, up from $436 million, or 5.0% of revenue, in the prior-year period.


Services revenue decreased 1% to $8.7 billion. Infrastructure Technology Outsourcing revenue increased 2% to $3.9 billion. Technology Services revenue decreased 2% to $2.4 billion. Application Services posted revenue of $1.5 billion and Business Process Outsourcing posted revenue of $734 million down 8% and 3%, respectively. Operating profit was $1.4 billion, or 15.8% of revenue, up from $1.1 billion, or 12.9% of revenue, in the prior-year period.

HP Software

HP Software revenue was flat at $878 million. Business Technology Optimization revenue decreased 1% and Other Software revenue increased 1%. Operating profit was $167 million, or 19.0% of revenue, up from $140 million, or 15.9% of revenue, in the prior-year period.

HP Financial Services

HP Financial Services (HPFS) revenue increased 13% to $719 million. Financing volume increased 30%, and net portfolio assets increased 23%. Operating margin was 9.3% of revenue, up from 6.4% in the prior-year period.

Asset management

HP generated $2.4 billion in cash flow from operations for the first quarter. Inventory ended the quarter at $6.6 billion, down 6 days. Accounts receivable of $14.5 billion was down 4 days. Accounts payable ended the quarter at $13.6 billion, up 3 days. HP's dividend payment of $0.08 per share in the first quarter resulted in cash usage of $189 million. HP also utilized $2.7 billion of cash during the quarter to repurchase approximately 54 million shares of common stock in the open market. HP exited the quarter with $13.7 billion in gross cash.



For the second quarter of fiscal 2010, HP expects revenue of approximately $29.4 billion to $29.7 billion, GAAP diluted EPS in the range of $0.89 to $0.91, and non-GAAP diluted EPS in the range of $1.03 to $1.05. Second quarter fiscal 2010 non-GAAP diluted EPS estimates exclude after-tax costs of approximately $0.14 per share, related primarily to the amortization of purchased intangibles, restructuring charges and acquisition-related charges.

HP estimates full year fiscal 2010 revenue will be approximately $121.5 billion to $122.5 billion, up from its previous estimate of $118.0 billion to $119.0 billion. HP expects full year fiscal 2010 GAAP diluted EPS to be in the range of $3.79 to $3.86, up from its previous estimate of $3.65 to $3.75, and non-GAAP diluted EPS to be in the range of $4.37 to $4.44, up from its previous estimate of $4.25 to $4.35. Full year fiscal 2010 non-GAAP diluted EPS estimates exclude after-tax costs of approximately $0.58 per share, related primarily to the amortization of purchased intangibles, restructuring charges and acquisition-related charges.

These estimates for both the second quarter and full year fiscal 2010 do not reflect the potential impact of the proposed acquisition of 3Com Corporation that HP announced on Nov. 11, 2009.


Océ and Konica Minolta end strategic alliance


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Océ N.V. and Konica Minolta Holdings Inc. have reviewed their existing strategic alliance in light of the public offer made by Canon Inc.

Initiated by Konica Minolta, the joint development activities for cutsheet monochrome and color output systems for the production market have been stopped.

In good mutual consultation, both companies have reached a new OEM sales agreement under which Konica Minolta will continue to supply its office printing systems to Océ, and both Konica Minolta and Océ will continue to supply cutsheet production printing systems to each other.

Also, both companies will continue to supply consumables and parts and offer after-sales services for products sold under their former and new OEM sales agreement to serve their customers.


Océ Shareholders Adopt Proposed Resolutions re Canon Offer


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Rokus van Iperen, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Océ, today informed an Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders about the status of the published Offer by Canon Inc., via Canon Finance Netherlands B.V., for the shares of Océ N.V. made on 28 January 2010. Following the presentation by the Chairman of the Executive Board, an elaborate exchange of ideas took place with regard to several aspects of the Offer, including the offer price and future governance.

Furthermore, the following resolutions were adopted in connection with the Offer.

Approved resolutions

The meeting granted discharge and release to the resigning members of the Supervisory Board, under the condition precedent that the discharge and release will be effective on the Settlement Date, and therefore under the condition precedent that the Offer is declared unconditional.

Mr. T. Tanaka will be appointed as member of the Supervisory Board effective as per Settlement Date, and therefore under the condition precedent that the Offer is declared unconditional.

Mr. S. Liebman will be appointed as member of the Supervisory Board effective as per Settlement Date, and therefore under the condition precedent that the Offer is declared unconditional.

Mr. N. Eley will be appointed as member of the Supervisory Board effective as per Settlement Date, and therefore under the condition precedent that the Offer is declared unconditional.

Mr. J.M. van den Wall Bake will be appointed as member of the Supervisory Board effective as per Settlement Date, and therefore under the condition precedent that the Offer is declared unconditional.

The meeting approved the amendment of the Articles of Association, under the condition precedent that the Offer is declared unconditional.

The amendment of the Articles of Association is related to the following three main subjects:


  • elimination of the cumulative protective preference shares;
  • deletion of the transfer restriction re convertible cumulative financing preference shares; and
  • changes to corporate governance structure.



More information

The results of the voting at the meeting will be published at investor.oce.com before 19 February 2010. The minutes of the meeting will be available on that website not later than 12 May 2010.


Canon Europe reveals initial results of study into impact of economic downturn on the printing industry

Mark Lawn Canon
  • Study reveals that many print service providers would not have survived the downturn without a digital printing capability. Survivors are emerging in a better shape to face the future
  • As the end of 2009 approached, printers were optimistic about the future
  • Printers who moved into wide format inkjet printing in particular thrived as they found a growing signage and display market
  • Redefinition of the Digital Printer’ is the third survey sponsored by Canon Europe and conducted by Professor Emeritus Frank Romano and a team of print media graduates from the Rochester Institute of Technology


Canon Europe, world leader in digital imaging solutions, today reveals the ‘top line’ trends uncovered by a survey of print service providers and industry commentators into the impact of the recession on the printing industry.

The ‘Redefinition of the Digital Printer’ survey, the third to be sponsored by Canon Europe and conducted by Professor Emeritus Frank Romano and a team of print media graduates from the Rochester Institute of Technology in the USA, provides a further snapshot of the state of the printing industry. The results of the previous Canon ‘Insight’ studies into the future of digital printing and into the CRD (Central Reprographic Department) market were published in May 2008 and May 2009 respectively.

For this third survey, Professor Romano’s team interviewed the largest sample to date, a total of 840 printers, 65.5% of whom were based in Western Europe. The sample included 383 of the 464 interviewed for the 2008 study, the remaining 81 having either merged or gone out of business.

The final analysis of the Redefinition of the Digital Printer’ survey is currently being completed and the results will be published in May 2010. The key findings of the survey demonstrate how important the adoption of digital printing has been to the survival of professional printers and how those emerging from the recession are likely to be better positioned to exploit future opportunities and overcome future challenges:

  1. In the last quarter of 2008, as marketers slashed print budgets, printers were forced to rethink every aspect of their business and to implement improved production methods to streamline staff and reduce costs. As print runs became much shorter, those who had implemented digital printing were well prepared for the shift. Those with only offset presses, and particularly those with older generation offset presses, were not geared up for it and were therefore not able to meet the changing demands. As printers acted to adapt, sales of digital machines consequently exceeded those of other presses during 2009. For example, the survey shows that while revenues from offset lithographic output declined by 18.1% in Western Europe during 2009 (compared with 2008), revenues from digital (toner and inkjet combined) output increased by a total of 27.2%.
  2. For the purposes of the survey, ‘digital printing’ included not only document printers, but also wide format inkjet, and it appears that those in wide format printing did particularly well during the economic downturn. In fact, 86% of respondents said that display printing on wide format printers had helped them to survive the downturn. Commercial printers, who had previously avoided wide format as too niche, now discovered a growing market for signage and other display products as well as new industrial market segments for printing on fabrics, canvas and other materials.
  3. One of the key elements to survival during the recession has been business leadership. Those companies leading the recovery demonstrated that, by focusing on key selected markets (where they could add value) and by providing multi-media services (to differentiate themselves from competitors), they could ensure the long-term future of the business
  4. Despite the earlier gloom, by the end of 2009 print service providers were reporting some clear optimism about 2010 and the future. This optimism could be founded on the fact that more than half of companies with a digital printing capability improved their revenue and profit in 2009 compared with 2008.

Mark Lawn, European Marketing Manager, Professional Print Solutions, comments: “As with the previous surveys, Canon’s sponsorship of the latest study reflects our ongoing commitment to the development of long-term relationships with our customers, helping them to make informed decisions about their future.

“After the challenges that the print industry has encountered over the past year, it is very encouraging to hear that printers are expressing optimism about their future for 2010. The research clearly shows that companies who are embracing digital print technology to deliver added value services to their customers are now better positioned to take advantage of an evolving market. Digital printing has become an essential element in any successful blended production environment and, at the speed with which the business environment has changed and continues to change, consideration of the adoption of a digital printing capability can no longer be optional for printers.

“If this renewed sense of optimism continues – and we firmly believe that it will – the industry is in for a very exciting Ipex 2010. The exhibition will provide an ideal opportunity for printers to research and consider different ways to take their businesses forward, and Canon’s focus at the show will be to inspire visitors to make that leap.”

With a view to encouraging printers to take an innovative approach to securing the long-term future of their businesses, Canon is today also launching a pan-European ‘Business Leap’ Competition (Please see relevant press release dated 9 February 2010). Inviting entrants to submit a formal business plan for a venture involving digital printing, the competition will illustrate the importance of compiling a comprehensive business case with a strong rationale for investment – crucial for any printer seeking access to finance. The winner will be awarded a fully configured Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE C9070 PRO, allowing them to transform their business plan into a commercial reality.

Essential Free Business Advice and Knowledge at IPEX 2010

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With the launch of the Printers’ Profit Zone, The Great Print Debates and the Knowledge Centre, the Ipex 2010 organisers are offering a comprehensive and interactive learning programme which will equip printers with practical business solutions and free expert advice on topics such as increasing sales and profit, raising capital, finance, education, marketing, print buying and the environment.
Other educational highlights at Ipex 2010 include a special Print Automation Pavilion organised by CIP4 to highlight advances in print automation technology and some educational conference sessions presented by Xplor UK & Ireland, in conjunction with the BAPC.
Comments Nick Craig Waller, Ipex 2010 Marketing Director: “Whilst our exhibitors will take centre stage at the exhibition, visitors can also benefit from our thought provoking educational programme designed to spark lively discussions and debates, stimulate minds and evoke positive change. Whether or not visitors are ready to invest in new technologies, a visit to Ipex 2010 can provide them with valuable tips to boost their businesses. Every company faces different challenges so we’ve tried to cater for as many printers as possible by teaming up with some of the brightest and most experienced minds in the industry.”
Printers’ Profit Zone – Hall 9
For the first time ever, visitors to Ipex will be able to take advantage of a new, free of charge seminar programme at the event designed to tackle the issues that keep many printers awake at night.
Designed to accommodate up to 60 people, the Printers’ Profit Zone will offer dynamic and interactive Master Class sessions. Launched as a result of the findings of the comprehensive Ipex Global Print Survey, each session will offer practical advice such as growing sales, increasing profit margins and improving cashflow. The sessions are being run by Nick Devine, the founder of www.theprintcoach.com
There will be four Master Classes a day on hot topics such as ‘Lead Generation for Printers’, ‘Compensating your Sales Team’, ‘Value Based Selling’, ‘Wealth Protection’, ‘Raising Finance’, ‘Profitable Marketing’ and ‘Attracting Ideal Clients’.
The seminars are all free, but spaces are limited, so visitors are advised to reserve their place by registering in advance. Simply visit www.ipex.org/ppz
The Great Print Debates – Hall 9
A series of free of charge expert panel debates at Ipex 2010 will tackle some of the most critical issues facing the print industry today. Produced by Pira International in association with Ipex, The Great Print Debates will take place every day from 13:00 – 14.00 and are located in the Printers’ Profit Zone.
Four important questions will be considered:
  • More than ink on paper: how should printers be selling print?
  • What will the printer of the future look like?
  • Will an Ipod for publishing kill printed media?
  • Green print: is it worth it?
With full audience interaction, The Great Print Debates will take expert commentary, lively debate and audience participation to a completely new level unseen at a major trade show before.
Joining Sean Smyth and Frank Romano as debate chairs will be Neil Falconer, Senior Consultant, Pira International and Laurel Brunner, Digital Dots. For a full list of panellists see www.ipex.org/greatprintdebates Visitors can attend The Pira/Ipex Great Print Debates free of charge, but places are available on a strictly first-come first-served basis.
Knowledge Centre – Hall 11
Designed to heighten the visitor experience and maximise time at the event, the Knowledge Centre provides an easily accessible information hub at the heart of Ipex where visitors can seek advice from approximately 30 not-for-profit organisations about memberships, pensions, industry accreditation, best industry practice, print buying as well as educational matters.
Leading trade bodies already confirmed on the floor plan include: the Asian Flexographic Technical Association; Association for Print and Communications Managers (APCOM); the Forest Stewardship Counsel (FSC); the Ghent Workgroup; the Independent Print Industries Associations (IPIA); the International Print Purchasing Standards Association (iPPSA); the London College of Communication; the National Association of Paper Merchants (NAPM); Pakistan Association of Printing and Graphic Arts Industry (PAPGAI) the Printers Charitable Corporation; Printing Industries Association of Australia; The Printing Industries Federation of South Africa (PIFSA); the Printing Industry Pension Scheme (PIPS); Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC); Sri Lanka Association of Printers (SLAP); UNITE, the Welsh Centre of Printing & Coating.
Attached to the feature will be a seminar theatre in which participating organisations can book presentation slots on a first come first serve basis. These sessions will last 30 minutes and are free of charge for visitors to attend. To maximise the schedule certain topics will be available on certain days so the topics for example will range from the Environment to Business and Training. Check out the latest programme at www.ipex.org/knowledge
CIP4 Print Automation Pavilion – Hall 7
The Ipex organisers and the International Cooperation for the Integration of the Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4) organisation have teamed up to highlight advancements in print automation. The print automation programs will include a special Print Automation Pavilion for exhibitors to demonstrate top-of-the-line automation technology, distribution of a Print Automation Roadmap to attendees, and “Print Automation Live”, a new Ipex show feature. The Print Automation Pavilion has room for 15 to 20 companies to demonstrate print automation technologies in a cloistered area. Located in Hall 7, booth 7E460, every company in the Print Automation Pavilion will be networked together, allowing printers to learn about individual systems and software and to see first hand how systems from different vendors can be networked and integrated together.
Xplor/BAPC Conference Session – Gallery Suite 1
Xplor UK & Ireland, in conjunction with BAPC, will host educational conference sessions during Ipex 2010 to bring together industry experts, leading-edge users, analysts and vendors to share information, experiences, and solutions on the latest technologies, strategies and thought leadership for the digital document industry. Two sessions will be held each morning and afternoon from Saturday, 22nd May — Monday, 24th May, featuring a keynote speaker, end-users and industry vendors who will challenge participants’ thoughts on the latest topics of interest including:
  • New approaches to customer communications through social networking
  • Future trends discovering the value of augmented reality
  • QR matrix codes
  • Digital migration
  • TransPromo - the current state of affairs
This event is open to all attendees at Ipex 2010 on a complimentary basis.
Enhancing the visitor experience
In addition to the extensive learning programme, visitors will also benefit from other valuable Ipex initiatives to ensure their visit is ideally structured and as efficient as possible.
International Days
With 159 countries visiting Ipex in 2006, part of the line up at Ipex is the International Days programme to make the show as enjoyable and effective as possible for international attendees. The programme will include welcome receptions, exhibition briefings in several languages and an international lounge (Hall 12), providing an attractive driver for visitors and an excellent internal communications device for exhibitors.
The following days will have a particular focus and theme on a country/region:
Tuesday 18 May: Middle East & Africa
Wednesday 19 May: China
Thursday 20 May: India
Friday 21 May: Germany
Saturday 22 May: Scandinavia
Sunday 23 May: Eastern Europe
Monday 24 May: North America
Tuesday 25 May: Europe
Ipex Guided Tours
For greater insight into the various thematic areas at Ipex, visitors can join one of the daily Guided Tours in association with the Proskills Academy. Ideal for visitors who want to investigate a particular product or service area in more detail, these tours take visitors by the hand and lead them to the expert partners at relevant stands. Areas covered:
  • Pre-media / pre-press / digital solutions
  • Printing / output and ancillary services
  • Post press and finishing
Visit www.ipex.org/guidedtours to book a space as they are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
My Ipex Event Planner
My Ipex is an interactive planning and navigation tool which creates personalised plans for visitors so that they can maximise their time at the event. My Ipex - www.myipex.org - allows visitors to:
  • Explore an interactive plan of the NEC and individual halls
  • Search for exhibitors by name, hall or product type
  • Link to exhibitor information and product details
  • Create, save, email and print your own personal event plan
  • Get information on facilities, travel and accommodation
  • It will also be linking to all the educational event content on Ipex+
With more than 1,000 exhibitors at Ipex, there is something happening on someone’s stand every minute of the day. Ipex+ brings all the exhibitors’ educational contents and product demonstrations plus Ipex-related events together in an easy to use online diary: www.ipex.org/plus
Ipex TV
Also new is IpexTV, a new section on the Ipex website offering regular ‘video-blogs’ to communicate news about Ipex 2010 initiatives, visitor and exhibitor updates as well as short interviews with key industry figures. Take a look at www.ipex.org/ipextv
Product Trails
Dedicated product trial finders are being produced to provide visitors to Ipex 2010 with a sector specific route map around the exhibition and to make their visit as effective as possible. The route guides will be available in the registration area and cover the following themes:
  • Green print
  • Finishing/ post-press systems
  • Offset
  • Digital/ inkjet processes
  • Workflow/ MIS
  • Newspapers
  • Packaging
  • Wide format
Ipex Daily
Once again, the Ipex Daily newspaper is published by Haymarket Publishing and will provide visitors to Ipex 2010 with the latest news from the exhibition floor. Ipex is the only major international print event to publish a daily newspaper on-site.
Additionally, with the growing popularity of social media sites, the Ipex organisers have set up dedicated industry groups on websites such as Twitter and LinkedIn to keep visitors and exhibitors up-to-date about developments but also to reach potential new visitor groups. These sites will also be used to offer exclusive Ipex content to visitors.

Canon launches pan-European ‘Business Leap’ Competition with €100,000 Prize Pool

Dave Preskett
  • Canon is launching a competition that involves the submission of a formal business plan via its Ipex 2010 microsite
  • Total prize value will exceed 100,000 Euros with the first prize being a fully configured, light production Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE C9070 PRO digital press
  • Canon is setting out to support digital print companies as they look to achieve long-term financial security through innovation and robust forward planning


Further demonstrating its ongoing commitment to the professional print industry, Canon Europe, world leader in digital imaging solutions, today announces the launch of its pan-European ‘Business Leap’ Competition.

With Canon’s third Insight report today (Please see relevant press release dated 9 February 2010) revealing that many print service providers would not have survived the downturn without a digital printing capability, it is hoped that the competition will both stimulate printers to consider new ways to develop their businesses (or start new ones) and provide guidance in the creation of a comprehensive business plan, a key requirement when seeking access to finance.

Open to anyone aged over 18 and resident in Western Europe*, the competition invites all printers, together with entrepreneurs seeking an opportunity to join the industry, to submit a formal business plan for a commercial venture that involves digital printing. The plans will be scrutinised and reduced to a shortlist of finalists, who will then be individually interviewed by a panel of independent business consultants and a winner and two runners-up selected.

The first prize will be a fully configured, light production Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE C9070 PRO digital press, which the winner will be able to retain for three years. The second prize will be a 44 inch Canon imagePROGRAF large format solution, which again the winner will be able to retain for three years. The third prize comes in the form of bespoke business consultancy, which the first two prize winners will also receive. The total value of the prizes will be in excess of 100,000 Euros. The competition will run from the end of March to the end of July 2010 and the winners will be presented with their prizes at an awards ceremony in Paris in October 2010.

David Preskett, Director of Professional Print, Canon Europe, explains the rationale behind the competition: “With most of the key territories in Europe still enduring the recession, it’s clear that, to secure their long-term commercial future, printers need to think about their businesses in a new way and take a more entrepreneurial approach towards customers and customer needs. The industry has changed and we are encouraging our customer to adapt to this change – to make a leap into the future of print. We’re therefore launching the Canon ‘Business Leap’ Competition to offer guidance in the preparation of a creative and comprehensive business case. At the same time, we’re giving entrants the opportunity to win a top-of-the-range light production digital press, a Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE C9070 PRO, together with practical business consultancy from independent experts.

“In running the competition,” continues Preskett, “Canon is setting out to help printers develop profitable businesses for the longer term, while giving entrants the chance to turn their business ideas into a commercial reality. I’d therefore urge any printer who is looking to move into digital printing or any entrepreneur looking to break into this industry to submit an entry!”

Any qualifying person who wishes to enter the Canon Business Leap Competition must register their details on the Canon Ipex 2010 microsite at www.canon-europe.com/ipex, which will be live from 31 March 2010. They will then be able to download an entry form, which should be completed and emailed, together with any supporting documentation the entrant believes will strengthen their case, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The terms and conditions of the competition and a guide to completing the entry form will also be available via the Canon Ipex 2010 microsite and any entrant requiring clarification on a point may also email their question to Canon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The decision of the judges is final and Canon will not enter into any correspondence with any entrant over the outcome of the competition.