Mobile print platform Kite.ly acquired by Canon Europe

London-based online print service will become part of Canon's complementary digital services, offering an end-to-end print solution for consumers

Kite.ly, a London-based mobile print start-up, has been acquired by Canon Europe – the Europe, Middle East and Africa arm of global imaging business Canon Inc.

Founded in 2013 by Fionn Concannon, Deon Botha, Charlie Carpenter and technology investment group Black Ocean, London-based Kite.ly’s technology can be embedded in any app or website enabling brands to print and ship products anywhere in the world, deriving revenue from personalised prints.

The company says its technology is integrated into more than 500 consumer-facing apps and websites, reaching a growing user base of over 200 million.

Kite.ly will join a group of companies that make up Canon’s complementary digital services, allowing customers to access an end-to-end online personalised print solution both online and in-store.

Carpenter commented: “Today is a huge day for the Kite.ly team, reflecting the success of our relentless ambition to deliver a mobile personalised print solution, globally.

“[…] We are inspired that Canon shares our vision to become the internet’s print button, embedded into any imaging app or website. Kite.ly hosts hundreds of app clients around the world and together with Canon we will be able to enhance their service, to help them generate new revenue and engage with their users in a much more meaningful way.”

Alberto Spinelli, senior director of digital services at Canon Europe, added: “The combination of Canon’s high quality printing technologies and Kite.ly’s easy-to-use solutions will create an unrivalled portfolio of print products, accessible to customers everywhere through existing and new imaging apps.”

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