Océ’s history goes back to April 1857 when Lodewijk van der Grinten opened a pharmacy in his home town of Venlo
Océ Colorado 1640 64″ roll-to-roll printer with UVgel technology and wide format graphic arts controller introduced
Océ ProStream 1000 continuous feed production inkjet system introduced
The varioPRINT 140 Series, the third generation of the varioPRINT DP product line, introduced
ColorGrip for Océ VarioPrint i-series introduced. A new approach to increasing inkjet print quality and adhesion on multiple substrates on the VarioPrint i-series.
2016 Canon patent award received for smart paper web tension concept enabling pause function for inkjet printers
Océ in Szeged and Lifecake (a start-up acquired by Canon Europe) started working together on irista
Océ metaljet technology introduced for jetting of molten metal.
WARP controller branded as Océ POWERsync. Introduced for the Océ ColorWave series.
Océ ColorStream 3000Z with Z-fold option introduced for Japanese market
irista photo library in the could introduced. Canon’s irista makes online photo storage easy, and means you no longer have to search your hard drive, Facebook page or countless USBs when looking to relive that special memory.
Océ Arizona 6100 series high-volume flatbed printer introduced
Océ ColorWave 900 high-speed 42″ wide format printer introduced
Océ PlotWave 340/360 with ClearConnect touchscreen panel introduced. Touchscreen with multi-touch gestures for tablet/smartphone-like interaction.
Océ ColorStream 3000 series, the first own continuous feed inkjet printer introduced
Océ introduces the ColorWave 600
The Océ ColorWave 600 is the world’s first color toner wide format printer using Océ CrystalPoint technology. This unique technology uses TonerPearls for high quality prints on plain and recycled paper at a high print speed of up to 31 seconds per A0. The ColorWave 600 prints color and black & white with excellent results from CAD up to full color posters.
A clear sustainability strategy is formulated, to be integrated into Océ’s business model, strategic planning processes, and daily operations.
Océ introduces the Arizona 350
Océ expands its range with the new Océ Arizona® 350 GT UV curable flatbed printer, which includes support for white ink printing and high production print speeds.
Introduction of Océ Radiant fusing
Océ Radiant Fusing is an Eco friendly fusing method providing instant-on machine availability with no warm-up time. It consumes less energy and emits less noise and ozone when compared to other fusing methods. In addition to the environmental benefits, it also provides incredible, consistent quality.
Océ CrystalPoint and Toner Pearls introduced Oce Cobalt Pearl- 0012
SRA Controller integrated into Océ JetStream, the first Océ continuous feed high productive inkjet printer
Océ introduces new world standard in color printing, building its leading market position. Océ has introduced a new world standard for color printing that enables direct marketing customers to significantly improve their business. The Océ JetStream, a high-speed full color inkjet printing system, can process over 60 million pages a month.
Océ celebrates its 130th birthday
Océ’s 130th anniversary was marked by a symposium on 29 October 2007, which Océ was hosting together with the Venlo City Council and the University of Maastricht. Innovation was the central theme. Several keynote speakers addressed 600 captains of industry and other guests on the issue in Océ’s hometown Maaspoort Theater. The symposium was simultaneously broadcasted by satellite to Maastricht, enabling innovative technology students at the university to follow proceedings first hand.
Océ receives IF Gold award.
Océ wins an International Forum Product Design Gold Award, one of the most important rewards for product design. The award, called the “Design Oscar” by many, was handed out on CeBIT, a large European grant in Germany. Only four other Dutch organizations won the award ever. The Océ printing system TDS100, launched in 2006, was selected because of its innovative design, the usability, and the environment friendly design.
Océ introduces new industry leading printing system in fast-growing graphic arts market. Océ launched a new industry-leading printing system for the graphic arts market with the introduction of the Océ Arizona 250 GT. This advanced printing system brings a new standard to the fast-growing graphic arts market, enabling companies to significantly improve the image quality of outdoor advertising and banners, amongst others.
Introduction of Océ OCEAN style for software
In 2006, the Océ OCEAN corporate GUI style was introduced. In the same year it has won an IF communication design award in the digital media category. The iF award jury of international design experts recognized the user-friendly concept and complexity-free operation of Océ OCEAN at all levels.
Océ invents a better way to duplex with Océ Gemini technology
Océ decided to bypass evolution and introduce a revolution in digital cutsheet printing. In 2006, the first cutsheet printer to feature Gemini Instant Duplex technology is introduced, the Océ VarioPrint® 6250, the world’s fastest duplex printer. By simultaneously printing both sides of a sheet while maintaining 100% accurate registration and offset-like quality, Océ has raised the benchmark for high volume cutsheet printing like never before.
Océ Arizona T220 introduced (first flatbed printer)
The Océ CPS700 is introduced, which uses technology developed in-house, based on seven colors.
At CeBIT 2001, Océ introduced a self-developed color printer/copier: the Océ CPS700. The equipment has a unique technology developed by Océ; using the new Direct Imaging Process drums with seven colors in a monolayer system.
Siemens Printer Division in Poing became a part of Océ.
Océ 9800 with Copy Press introduced. Océ’s first digital printer.
Océ introduced Océ Image Logic, a technology that automatically gives users perfect quality copies and printed originals every time
Océ Image Logic scans and converts hard copy information into a digital format. The result is easier, faster, and more reliable copying, from every original, with combined text and photographs, all at full engine speed. The technology automatically optimizes all scans and/or copies for a perfect reproduction of text, photos, and fine drawings. With this software, perfect scans and copies can be made in a very productive way – without the need for any user interference.
Océ leads the way in network copying and printing.
The trends during the 1990s were the environment, digital technology, and color. Océ was the forerunner in all these fields. Its achievements in the environmental field have been internationally recognized with various prizes. In 1995, Océ introduced its first digital high-volume printer/copier for office environments and for technical documentation (wide format).
Océ introduced its own in-house developed laser printer.
With the arrival of CAD/CAM systems on the drawing office market, the copier and reproduction processes were also digitized. Océ joined in the development and introduced large and small format digital plotters and laser printers to the market.
The Océ 7500 was the first large format copier equipment which could make black & white copies on plain paper up to A0 format.
Following the line of copiers for the office market, Océ introduced electrophotography for the drawing office as well. In 1983 the Océ 7500 was the first large format copier equipment which could make black & white copies on plain paper up to A0 format. By the end of the 1980s, it was possible to make large format color prints, with the Océ 7900, using penplotting technology.
Océ once again entered a completely new field and developed a technology entirely of its own: D.I.P. or Direct Imaging Process.
Green button concept introduced together with the Océ 1990
Océ-van der Grinten introduced its first “plain paper copier” onto the market.
Instead of a drum, the Océ 1700 used a zigzag folded, endless master belt. This represented a revolutionary technology that placed great demands on flat lighting and guiding the master belt through the machine at great speed.
In the 1960s, the demand for office copier systems grew rapidly. Now widely known, Océ-van der Grinten, as the company was called, now focused its attention on copying on plain paper, for which there was a large demand in offices. In 1973 the first plain paper copier equipment was introduced: the Océ 1700. Versions that are more successful followed, and potential uses were expanded.
Change of company name from Van der Grinten N.V. to Océ-van der Grinten N.V.
Later, in 1997, “Van der Grinten” was dropped from the company name. From then on, the concern was simply called Océ N.V.
Copying on “plain paper” became important.
In the 1960s copying on “plain paper,” or the xerographic process, became important. Staying current, Océ developed its own plain paper copier for the office market, the Océ 1700, which was available from the start of the 1970s. The Océ 1700’s developing process was the model for the development of the Océ 1900, which was introduced in 1981. This equipment was designed for toner and transfusion technology developed within Océ. These technologies are still applied in Océ equipment.
Océ developed the Océ Copy Press.
In this process, toner is transferred by direct press, so there is no static build-up, a common cause of paper jams. With no toner wastage and far lower ozone emissions, this process was fully in line with Oce’s mindset of business beyond the bottom line – even before sustainability became fashionable.
Modern young women were shown in Océ brochures
The 1960s saw big changes in Europe and the rest of the world. Confident, modern young women became just as much an everyday sight as efficient modern office equipment. A few of the women are shown in brochures and folders, published in the 1960s and 1970s.
Andeno is established, continuing the chemicals production of the butter-coloring factory.
The business managed to earn the equivalent of more than 50 million with the production of high-grade chemicals before it was sold to DSM chemicals concern in 1987.
An extremely important commercial invention came with the discovery of “Transparent paper.”
This process could cheaply produce a copy of an original that could be used to make a limitless number of copies. For once, no patent was applied for on this discovery. This was probably because Louis and the patent department, which he has set up in the meantime, acknowledged that the invention did not qualify for patent. Production was therefore surrounded by the utmost secrecy. No one outside the company was given the recipe. Attempts by licensees to copy the material were constantly unsuccessful.
Lodewijk’s grandson, Louis, invents a diazo coating that requires no ammonia component during the development.
He notes it with O.C., abbreviated German for Ohne Componente, or Without Components. A name is born. Louis and Karel’s efforts at perfecting the system were successful. When they launched their “semi-dry diazo process,” Kalle withdrew its legal action and finally acknowledged that the Van der Grinten brothers’ invention was unique. The process was brought onto the market in 1930 under the name Océ, which was simply an abbreviation for “Ohne Componente” – which means “without components” in German. In 1931, Van der Grinten ceased selling Premulin paper and focused almost entirely on the new Océ.
Van der Grinten presented his own development of a light-sensitive diazo paper, Primulin paper.
After Kalle’s patent application Louis concentrated on diazo compounds, and this was not without success. In 1927, he launched his first product: Primulin. Primulin paper gave strong black lines on a white background. From then on the company made two products for copying in the drawing room: blueprinting material and Primulin.
Start of production of a blueprint material developed by Louis van der Grinten, one of Frans’ sons.
Following a loss-making year in 1918, Frans van der Grinten decided to use his knowledge of pigments to research into blueprint materials. The first steps in this market were the production of blueprint paper, popularly used in the 1920s to replicate line drawings. These were not the black and white copies common today: they produced blue paper with a white line drawing, hence the name “blueprint.” With this product, the company entered the copier market.
Frans built the first production hall for the industrial manufacture of butter coloring.
In 1902 Frans built the first production hall for the industrial manufacture of butter coloring, and the company entered a new period of prosperity, lasting until the outbreak of the First World War in 1914.
Manufacture of the butter coloring was moved to a small shed on land neighboring the pharmacy and discontinued in the pharmacy itself.
The industry developed rapidly, and Lodewijk’s son Frans joined the business around 1890. Frans equipped the L. van der Grinten butter factory with an industrial production line. New equipment, machines, and personnel were added. Frans regarded a basic knowledge of possible raw materials as being of great importance as well, and under his guidance, the company broached various export markets.
Lodewijk van der Grinten receives his first factory-scale production order.
Lodewijk’s scientific background paid off when, in 1871, he started to research the production of butter coloring, a substance used to color butter and margarine. In 1877, Lodewijk succeeded in establishing a large-scale production line for this product. This marked the start of Océ’s successful history.
Margarine manufacturers look for suppliers who could color the white substance, like Lodewijk van der Grinten.
In 1869, margarine was invented in France. Emperor Napoleon III wanted a product that could replace butter, was cheap, and kept longer. Inventor Hippolyte Mege succeeded in satisfying this demand. The new product was quickly a great hit. It could not be sold as butter, and was named “artificial butter,” “butterine,” and finally “margarine.” However, the white substance also needed coloring. The margarine manufacturers did not have laboratories, so they looked for suppliers who could improve the article, like Lodewijk van der Grinten.
Lodewijk records his recipe for butter coloring.
“Take the reddest carrots possible, wash them, and shred them with a knife, not using the top. Take fresh, still warm milk, and place the shredded carrots in it, stir and sieve it through a linen cloth to strain it, add to the butter, and beat it. One shredded carrot is sufficient for one kilo of butter.”
Lodewijk van der Grinten starts a pharmacy.
The history of today’s Océ goes back to April 1857 when Lodewijk van der Grinten opened a pharmacy in his home town of Venlo.