A professor has been appointed to the Canon-Oce Endowed Chair in Business Services Innovation, offering new education advances in the field of printing and document management.

The position has been awarded to Professor Jos Lemmink of Maastricht University, who will lead research into document management.

His research may find ways to help people maximise the efficiency of their ink cartridges as new ways of managing documents become available.

Professor Lemmink said that challenges relating to managing documents are important for today's society.

"Control of the overall document flow can be executed more efficiently and at lower cost through the application of new services related to documents," he said.

Canon added that the new position highlights the "next step" in the development of the partnership between the education and business sectors in the document services community.

Recently, Canon revealed that it has ranked among the most highly admired companies this year in a survey conducted by Fortune Magazine.