Canon to Send $12 Billion on Medical Equipment, Robotics Acquisitions

Will set up R&D centers in U.S., Europe for medical and printing operations

Canon plans to spend up to one trillion yen (US$12 billion) by 2015 on mergers and acquisitions to expand in the areas of medical equipment and robotics, according to an interview published on Jan. 11.

Chairman Fujio Mitarai told Kyodo News that the technology firm wanted to expand to achieve higher sales and profits.

Canon will also set up new research and development centers in the United States and Europe for its medical and printing operations, Mitarai said.

"We'd like to actively proceed with mergers and acquisitions," Mitarai said, adding that the company had already started selecting companies for possible mergers, according to Kyodo.

The company was interested in medical equipment and gene engineering businesses as well as industrial and nursing-care robots, Mitarai said.

By acquiring the new businesses, the company aims to chalk up group sales of over five trillion yen and a net profit of 500 billion yen in 2015, Mitarai said.

Canon now expects sales of 3.7 trillion yen and a net profit of 245 billion yen for the year to December 2010.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2011

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