MegaTank, Mega value: Canon Australia rebrands Continuous Ink Supply System (CISS) printer range

24th March 2021

From today, Canon Australia’s popular PIXMA ENDURANCE range of Home and Office printers will be known as ‘PIXMA MegaTank’, better reflecting Canon’s evolutionary CISS solution capabilities.

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Sydney, AUSTRALIA – 24 March 2021: Canon Australia, the nation’s most trusted home printer brandi, has today unveiled ‘PIXMA MegaTank’ – a new sub-brand to encompass its popular range of Continuous Ink Supply System (CISS) home and office printers. Formerly known as ‘PIXMA ENDURANCE’, MegaTank CISS printers offer Australian families, professionals working from home, and small businessesii significantly reduced ink costs, a reduced individual environmental footprint, and vibrant high-quality print outputs.

With the MegaTank brand better aligning with the capabilities that Canon’s CISS solutions provide small businesses and consumers; Canon PIXMA MegaTank products have the potential to achieve ink cost savings of up to 95 percent on typical A4 printsiii, while one set of Canon CISS ink bottles can carry a yield of more than 30 standard ink cartridgesiv compared to existing standard home printers. This is due to black MegaTank CISS ink bottles generating up to 6,000 pages, while colour ink bottles can generate up to 7,000 pages eachv – helping Australians print for longer without needing to constantly replace inks.

Canon Australia’s MegaTank rebrand comes at a time when hybrid working and learning have become the new norm. As indicated by Canon’s 2020 home printer sales data, Australians are looking for long-term home office printing solutions that will reliably and continually support their print needs without causing business downtime or driving up personal overheads. In 2020, Canon Australia’s overall demand for home printers increased by 39 percent, with Canon’s CISS range growing by 159 percent year on year. This made CISS the fastest growing segment in Canon’s consumer print categoryvi.

According to Brendan Maher, Senior Product Manager, Canon Australia, the spike in home printer sales can be attributed to many Australian families and professionals purchasing home office supplies to function from home during the COVID-19 lockdown. In fact, YouGov researchvii revealed that in April 2020 – mere weeks after the nation-wide lockdown commenced  12.3 percent of the Australian population (representing 586,000 Australians) claimed they purchased a home printer in the past four weeks, while another 18.6 percent (representing 890,000 Australians) agreed a home printer would make their job easier.

“2020 saw a resurgence in the value of home printers across the nation as Australians embraced working, learning, and creating from home. A year later, home offices are no longer considered temporary fixtures in the Australian business landscape, and Australian families and professionals are realising they need more reliable technology products than the stop-gap solutions they purchased last year to simply get through,” says Mr. Maher. 

In 2021, Australians are no longer in pure survival mode, and are looking to invest in office solutions that are both financially and environmentally sustainable. Canon’s MegaTank range is built to meet this exact demand.”

Reduced running costs and less business downtime
The refillable design of Canon’s MegaTank range enables remote workers and small business owners to operate on much lower costs per print while achieving less business downtime. One MegaTank printer has the potential to save users up to 95%viii on ink costs when printing typical A4 documents and purchasing ink at the RRP.

In comparing the cost of ink per page between a standard-capacity ink cartridge set and refillable MegaTank CISS ink bottles: Applying the current RRP of the inks, a standard-capacity cartridge set can be calculated to be $0.361 per page or $181 per standard ream of paper (500 pages)ixusing PIXMA HOME TS3460 and the print yields of each ink calculated in accordance with the International Standardsx. Comparatively, the cost of ink for a MegaTank CISS printer can be calculated as $0.0157 per page, or $7.85 per standard ream of paper (500 pages) using the PIXMA G3600 MegaTank. The MegaTank CISS option is therefore a best-in-class solution for long-term for cost savings. 

This reduction in ink costs is further aided by the fact that each MegaTank printer comes with a full set of refillable ink bottles in the box with the potential to last for months to yearsxi. This thereby reduces the number of traditional monthly or quarterly trips to office supply stores to purchase replacement ink cartridges and the expenditure that ensues.

Reducing environmental impacts
Guided by its global Environmental Vision, ‘Action for Green’xii, Canon constantly works to reduce global environmental impact through its business activities and product innovations. In Australia, Canon reduces the impact of its sales, marketing, and logistics activities by increasing the use of renewable energy, reusing products and parts where possible, and actively promoting national product stewardship and recycling programs.

Given one set of ink bottles from the MegaTank range yields more than 30 standard ink cartridge setsxiii, Canon has been able to reduce single-use plastics in the supply chain, making its MegaTank printers environmentally conscious additions to Australian home offices.

Globally, Canon invests significantly in recycling technology, including operating an Automated Recycling System for Ink Cartridges (CARS-I), which separates materials to be reused for future cartridge components. In adopting its ‘Action for Green’ approach, Canon reduced its 2020 lifecycle emissions per product by an average of 4.7 percent, beating its target of 3 percent. Since 2008, this has contributed to a 40% reduction in overall Lifecycle CO2 per product unit.

Locally, Canon Australia is a long -term partner of environmental organisations such as Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform (ANZRP) and Close The Loop, working to ensure it plays its part in minimising waste and working towards a circular economy.

Peter Tamblyn, Close the Loop Sales and Marketing Manager commented: “Canon Australia is a founding partner of the Cartridges 4 Planet Ark program managed by Close The Loop, a zero waste to landfill organisation, and works very closely with us to ensure plastics, such as those from ink bottles can be recycled and repurposed into new products such as ink for artists or local roads.”

Canon PIXMA MegaTank models currently available
Canon Australia currently offers ten PIXMA MegaTank CISS home office printers, available nationwide via leading retailers including Officeworks, Harvey Norman, Big W, Amazon, Kogan, JB Hi-Fi, Domain, Joyce Mayne retailers.

MegaTank models range from the entry level PIXMA G3660 MegaTank three-in-one multifunction printer (MFP), to the advanced high-yield, cloud connected PIXMA G7065 MegaTank MFP with prices starting from RRP $419.00 (pricing is set at dealer discretion). Canon looks forward to expanding its range of MegaTank CISS printers in 2021.

For further information about the Canon MegaTank range, visit canon.com.au/printers/megatank


i YouGov survey January 2021, n=5,048.

ii The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) defines a small business as a business employing fewer than 20 people.

iii Actual cost per page will vary based on print tasks, print volumes and usage conditions as well as the retail price of the ink purchased. In this example, black and colour ink cost for PIXMA G3600 MegaTank is calculated as 1.5712 cents per page and black and colour ink cost for PIXMA HOME TS3460 is calculated as 36.1112 cents per page. The cost savings on ink is calculated as = (1.571c ink bottle cost per page/36.111c cartridge cost per page) - 1= -95.65%. Ink costs based on RRP of individual inks as at February 2021. Print yields are calculated with international standard ISO/IEC 24711, which uses standard test prints designed to represent typical A4 documents, and testing in controlled conditions. Actual print yields will vary. Yields calculated with subsequent sets of ink, printing continuously. During initial printer setup, a certain amount of ink is used to fill the print head's nozzles and so the page yield of the initial bundled set of ink is lower than that of subsequent sets. Printing smaller print jobs will lower the print yield when compared with printing continuously.

iv Comparing print yield of the GI690 black and colour ink bottles using the PIXMA G3600 MegaTank with yield of the following standard-capacity cartridge set: PG-645 Black Ink Cartridge and CL-646 Colour Ink Cartridge using the PIXMA HOME TS3460. Yields are calculated with international standard ISO/IEC 24711, which uses test prints designed to represent typical A4 documents and testing in controlled conditions. Yields calculated with subsequent sets of ink, printing continuously. During initial printer setup, a certain amount of ink is used to fill the print head's nozzles and so the page yield of the initial bundled set of ink is lower than that of subsequent sets.

v Actual page yields will vary based on print tasks, print volumes and usage conditions. Yields are calculated using the PIXMA G3600 MegaTank with international standard ISO/IEC 24711, which uses test prints designed to represent typical A4 documents, and testing in controlled conditions. Yields calculated with subsequent sets of ink, printing continuously. An amount of ink is used to fill the print head's nozzles and so the page yield of the initial bundled set of ink is lower than that of subsequent sets. Printing smaller print jobs will lower the print yield when compared with printing continuously.

vi Based on Canon Australia sales report

vii Reference: ‘General temperature check on the Australian population right now’ survey was conducted by YouGov Galaxy Research online between 9-13 April 2020, comprising a nationally representative sample of 2,085 adults aged 18+.

viii Print yields are calculated with international standard ISO/IEC 24711, which uses standard test prints designed to represent typical A4 documents and testing in controlled conditions. Actual print yields will vary. Yields calculated with subsequent sets of ink, printing continuously. During initial printer setup, a certain amount of ink is used to fill the print head's nozzles and so the page yield of the initial bundled set of ink is lower than that of subsequent sets. Printing smaller print jobs will lower the print yield when compared with printing continuously. The savings are calculated as the ink set cost difference between PIXMA G3600 MegaTank and PIXMA HOME TS3460 = ($0.01572 cost per page/$0.3612 cost per page) - 1= -95.65%. Ink costs based on RRP of individual inks as at February 2021. Actual cost per page will vary based on print tasks and volumes usage conditions and the retail price of the ink.

ix Ink costs are based on RRP of individual inks as at Feb 2021. Actual saving will vary based on print tasks and volumes usage conditions and the retail price of the ink.

x International standard is ISO/IEC 24711.

xi Ink shelf life will vary based on the environmental conditions the printer and ink are stored in over time.

xii Canon Sustainability Report 2020

xiii Comparing print yield of GI690 black and colour ink bottles using the PIXMA G3600 MegaTank with yield of standard-capacity cartridge set: PG-645 Black and CL-646 Colour using PIXMA HOME TS3460. Yields are calculated with international standard ISO/IEC 24711, which uses test prints designed to represent typical A4 documents and testing in controlled conditions. Yields calculated with subsequent sets of ink, printing continuously. During initial printer setup, a certain amount of ink is used to fill the print head's nozzles and so the page yield of the initial bundled set of ink is lower than that of subsequent sets.

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