on Thursday, alleging that the major camera and printer company is unfairly obstructing the sale of laser-beam printer toner cartridges produced by other firms for use in Canon products, sources close to the matter said Friday.
Laser-beam printer toner cartridges sell for 20,000 yen to 40,000 yen per unit.
The system integrates a liquid-crystal display, optical-disk drive, digital-rotary scanner, keyboard, and laser-beam printer
said Monday its group sales and net profit grew for the seventh year in a row to all-time highs in the just-ended business year thanks to strong sales of digital cameras, color network multifunction devices and laser-beam printers.
For the current business year, Canon expects another sales and profit rise on continuously strong demand for digital cameras especially in developing countries and for network multifunction devices and laser-beam printers.
The strong performance was also supported by a sales recovery of laser-beam printers
and semiconductor-manufacturing equipment following a year-before slump caused by inventory adjustments at a sales partner, Canon said.
Japan's largest maker of copiers and office-use printers said its first-quarter earnings were depressed by inventory adjustments for laser-beam printers
, a key profit generator.
It is already the largest manufacturer of laser-beam printers
and neck-and-neck with rivals Xerox Corp and Ricoh Co for the top spot in digital photocopiers.