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Long Term Strategy Defines the Axis Communications Deal

Within 9 months Canon has acquired two of the world’s leading edge suppliers in Video Surveillance technology. That’s not been done before! There are a number of reasons why Canon have adopted this acquisition strategy. One is based around business culture in Japan and Scandinavia and the other is thinking about the long term implications of IoT; not just on Video Surveillance but also how it will reach across all the Building Automation Services and dramatically change the structure of how products get to market. Dealing with culture first. Would Axis have sold to Canon if they expected them to take out a knife and destroy what they have built up from the ground over the last 25 years? No. Is Cannon taking a fairly long outlook at the market and earnings? Without inside information, we can’t be sure but we believe there is a long term play here and that has been accepted by […]

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