Canon launches Saudi ops, eyes 300 jobs by 2020

Imaging technology giant says Saudi business will become its largest entity in the Gulf region
Canon launches Saudi ops, eyes 300 jobs by 2020
By Sam Bridge
Fri 15 Jun 2018 12:46 AM

Canon Middle East, a provider of imaging technologies and services, has announced that it is expanding its regional presence by establishing direct operations in Saudi Arabia.

Canon Saudi Arabia will operate from Riyadh, and with an additional two branches in Jeddah and Khobar, will be become the company’s largest entity in the region.

With over 300 employees by 2020, Canon Saudi Arabia will directly contribute to the Kingdom’s economy and industry diversification strategy as outlined by Vision 2030, it said in a statement.

Anurag Agrawal, managing director, Canon Middle East, said: “Establishing Canon Saudi Arabia is an integral part of our strategy of becoming closer to our customers through direct presence in key markets.

"Saudi Arabia is witnessing a transformation into a more diversified economy with several industries developing and establishing a presence in the region’s largest market. Through our products and business solutions, Canon Saudi Arabia aims to help customers address these opportunities and establish thriving businesses.”

The announcement came during a signing ceremony between Canon Middle East and Ali Zaid Al Quraishi & Brothers to formally establish Canon Saudi Arabia.

Faisal Al Quraishi, chairman, Ali Zaid Al Quraishi & Brother Co, said: “AZAQ sees this joint venture as a contribution to the country’s 2030 vision whereby Canon, a global brand, contributes to the kingdom’s transformation through its innovative technologies and solutions. Furthermore, the partnership will be highly committed to train young Saudi nationals as well as advance technology in private and government sectors alike.”

Canon said there is a growing need for digital and other technology-based imaging services in Saudi Arabia as the government, and other large entities, seek to implement the latest digital business solutions.

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