Colour photocopying date’s back as far as 1968 when 3M invented a colour copier that used the dye sublimation process. In 1973 Xerox introduced the 914, an analogue color photocopier using the electrostatic process, but it wasn’t until 1987 with the launch of the Canon CLC-1 that colour copying came to popularity. The CLC-1 was a pioneering product, a digital colour laser photocopier that could photocopy in full colour. It brought full-colour production into the office for the first time.
The CLC-1 was an instant success and propelled Canon into being the leading photocopier manufacturer worldwide. The product had a major effect on the printer industry ending short-run colour screen printing. Companies could produce their own full-colour brochures in-house for the first time.
In 1989 EFI were created and went on to revolutionise colour photocopying again by via the production of fiery print servers that connected with computers to enable the colour copier to become a full colour printer.
Originally colour photocopiers and colour print servers (manufactured by fiery) were very expensive and it was not uncommon to spend upwards of £20,000 on a system. Today, colour copiers are a tenth of the cost and less if you only require A4 size printing and copying.