Oce Sponsors Presidential Debate at Lynn University Thousands of printed materials help boost awareness of the political process.

TRUMBULL, Conn., Oct. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Oce, a Canon Group Company and an international leader in digital document management, today announced its sponsorship of the third and final Presidential debate of the 2012 election cycle. The rhetorical battle between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will be held on October 22nd at 9:00 pm EDT in the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center on the campus of Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.

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Oce's sponsorship of the event was suggested by a University alumnus working in Oce's marketing department. Oce's Production Printing Systems division gladly accepted the opportunity to further strengthen its support and involvement in the local South Florida community.

"We found it to be a good fit with what they needed and what we could provide here locally," said Francis A. McMahon, Vice President, Marketing, Production Printing Systems division of Oce North America, a Canon Group company. "And it's a local organization, which ties in to our commitment to support the community around us."

Important Event, Quality Materials
A Silver Sponsor of the debate, Oce has donated approximately $50,000 worth of printing services for materials directly related to the event. These materials include car decals and window cling signs printed on an Oce Arizona® large format UV flatbed printer; space signage, directional signage and access passes, also produced with the Oce Arizona printer and  an Oce ProCut™ digital cutting system; a business partners booklet printed on the Oce VarioPrint® 6320 Ultra digital perfecting system, with covers printed on the Canon imagePRESS C7010VP digital color press, which was also used to produce campus maps, commemorative posters and viewing party programs. Oce also printed press releases for the event on the Oce VarioPrint 6320 Ultra printer.

"Hosting an event of this magnitude is a massive undertaking for a school of our size and requires a lot of resources, both capital and material," said Joshua Glanzer, director of public relations, Lynn University. "Print production was a major line item in our budget until Oce stepped forward and offered it as a donation. That has done a lot to reduce the cost of producing high-quality printed materials for the debate."

Recognizing the immense importance of the event and the need to provide only the highest quality materials, Oce reached out to long-time collaborator Mohawk Fine Papers Inc., a Cohoes, NY-based manufacturer of specialty and premium media. Mohawk immediately leapt at the chance to throw its support behind Lynn University, recognizing not only the importance of the event, but the opportunity to demonstrate its new line of synthetic substrates, Mohawk Specialty Digital Substrates.

"Mohawk has a long history of supporting educational institutions," said Chris Harrold, vice president, business development, digital, Mohawk. "And of course, we jumped at the chance to partner with industry leader Oce on such a great project. The event required high quality materials with numerous coordinating pieces. We were happy to supply a wide range of our new synthetic materials and premium papers to suit the project parameters."

Lynn University couldn't be more pleased with the materials Oce has provided for the debate – or the service it has provided, often working under extremely tight deadlines to get a print job produced and delivered in time.

"Oce has been wonderful and the quality of the materials they have produced for us is unbelievable," said Barbara Cambia, director of corporate relations, Lynn University. "It's like a gift from Heaven."

About Lynn University
Lynn University, site of the final 2012 presidential debate to be held on Oct. 22, 2012, is an independent, co-ed, residential university offering an innovative undergraduate and graduate curriculum built on individualized attention and an international focus. Founded in 1962, we're an emerging higher education institution preparing to celebrate our 50th anniversary and hosting the final 2012 presidential debate is the perfect way to show the world what Lynn is all about. The university currently enrolls more than 2,000 students representing nearly all 50 U.S. states and more than 80 nations in five academic colleges and three specialty programs. Visit Lynn's debate website, debate2012.lynn.edu, for more information on Lynn debate-related news and events.

About Mohawk
Mohawk is North America's largest privately owned manufacturer of fine papers, envelopes and specialty substrates for commercial and digital printing. Signature brands include Mohawk Superfine®, Strathmore®, Inxwell®, and proprietary i-Tone® for digital presses. Mohawk papers are chosen for commercial printing, photo specialties and high-end direct mail. Products and samples are available through leading paper distributors and at mohawkconnects.com.

The company is leveraging connections in the digital, design and photo space to develop new web-based offerings: Pinhole Pro, a solution for professional photographers to create beautiful press products; Pinhole Press, a lifestyle brand for beautifully simple photo gifts; and Felt & Wire Shop, an online marketplace for social stationery, posters and prints.

This third-generation, family-owned business is constantly renewing its commitment to environmental stewardship. As the first U.S. manufacturer of commercial printing papers to match 100% of its electricity with windpower renewable energy credits and the first U.S. premium paper mill to shift toward carbon neutral production, its portfolio of recycled papers certified by Green Seal and the Forest Stewardship Council's (FSC) standards, continues to grow along with the rest of the company.

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About Oce
Oce is one of the leading providers of document management and printing for professionals. The Oce offering includes office printing and copying systems, high speed digital production printers and wide format printing systems for both technical documentation and color display graphics. Oce is also a foremost supplier of document management outsourcing. Many of the Fortune Global 500 companies and leading commercial printers are Oce customers. The company was founded in 1877. With headquarters in Venlo, The Netherlands, Oce is active in over 100 countries and employs more than 20,000 people worldwide. Oce North America is headquartered in Trumbull, CT, with additional business units in Chicago, IL and Boca Raton, FL.  For more information, visit www.oce.com.

Oce and Canon: Stronger together
In 2010 Oce joined the Canon Group of companies with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, to create the global leader in the printing industry. Canon develops, manufactures and markets a growing line-up of copying machines, printers, cameras, optical and other products that meet a diverse range of customer needs. The Canon Group comprises over 198,000 employees worldwide. Global net sales in 2011 totalled USD 45.6 billion. Visit the Canon Inc. website at www.canon.com.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc. 
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $45.6 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE: CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2011* and is one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in 2012. In 2012, for the ninth consecutive year, Canon U.S.A. has received the PCMag.com Readers' Choice Award for Service and Reliability. Committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, Canon U.S.A. provides 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.

*Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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