DJW "Asa no Kai"

"Future of Imaging in Germany and Japan - Synergy Potential of AI, Digitization and Automation"

with Rainer Führes, CEO, Canon Deutschland GmbH

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Do 06.12.2018,
08:00 - 10:00 Uhr

Schloss Neersen
Hauptstrasse 6
47877 Willich


The future of imaging methods and technologies is promising, according applications broad and numerous. Business opportunities present itself not only with the field of personal imaging but also with IT and software solutions to increase efficiency, with robotics and scanning of surrounding objects for workplace safety, with cameras used in automated driving systems. In all these fields, perception, decision making, and precise operation are crucial steps relying on optical input and external data being imaged and processed. Hence, ground-breaking innovations are close enough to fully substitute the human eye, or even exceed its performance.

With Canon originating as Japanese company, the German entity visions itself as leading company within this digital transformation. Which specific business fields could develop with the right investment? Which innovations are about to be achieved? How do the mega trends of AI, digitization and automation influence business making? Could Germany and Japan be perfect partners for future game-changing?


Rainer Führes has been serving as Managing Director of Canon Deutschland since January 2014. His vision is to position Canon Deutschland as a leading company in the digital transformation. Prior to becoming Managing Director of Canon Deutschland, Rainer Führes held various positions in the company in which he helped to shape the Canon organization. Between 2001 and 2014 Rainer has held various Senior Management roles in Canon’s European headquarters in Amsterdam and London. Amongst others he has lead the Emerging Markets Business Unit to oversee Canon’s expansion in Russia, the Middle East and Africa. Since 2009 Rainer was chief of Consumer Imaging Group managing Canon’s European Camera and Inkjet Printer business. After moving to the German headquarters in 2014, he merged the Consumer division into the actual DACH (Germany, Austria & Switzerland) organization. Since 2015, Rainer Führes has also been President of the German Association of the Photographic Industry.


  • 08:00 – Registration, Networking
  • 08:30 – Opening by Anne Pomsel, Deputy Director of DJW
  • 08:35 – Welcome by Josef Heyes, Mayor of the City of Willich
  • 08:40 – Speech by Rainer Führes, CEO of Canon Deutschland GmbH
  • 09:00 – Discussion, Q+A
  • 10:00 – Close

Impressions DJW Asa no Kai (Willich, 06.12.2018)


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