Kiwi frontrunner vies for a new cup title

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Forget the rugby – Kiwi frontrunner vies for a new cup title

New Zealand will yet again be fighting for top honours as local Canon print technician Ross Bredesen takes on the world’s best in Shanghai in the Canon Asia Pacific Cup.

Ross, from Hamilton, was the only New Zealander to reach the finals after qualifying in the top four from across Oceania in the regional heats earlier this year. He will now participate in a series of gruelling practical and theoretical tests against other leading technicians from China, Japan, Singapore and Korea.

“The APAC Cup is viewed as the world championship for Canon technicians, but instead of battling it out on a court or field, they troubleshoot photocopier equipment. It’s a highly skilled, very competitive and a surprisingly interesting spectator sport,” said Mike Johnston, New Zealand Country Manager.

“These guys eat paper jams for breakfast.”

"On a serious note, this is another way Canon provides our technicians the opportunity to build their skills and experience to better meet the needs of our business customers.”

“It’s a way that we can demonstrate our market leading customer service and our technicians get the opportunity share the “tricks of the trade” with colleagues from other parts of the world while demonstrating “achievement” – one of our core values at Canon,” he said.

The four technicians from Canon Oceania were selected following a five round competition based on both theory and practical tests on Canon business technology. They beat more than one hundred of their local colleagues to proceed to the next round.

The finals in Shanghai will see the top eighteen regional technicians square off today.