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1970 - 1984: Coining OA acronym

Jan. 1970 Ricoh of America, Inc. established in New Jersey ( running until 1984), through integration of New York office and Ricoh Industries U.S.A., Inc. Ricoh of America, Inc.
Mar. 1970 Ricoh Pavilion appears at Japan Expo '70 with theme "Better Vision for Humanity".
Apr. 1971 Ricoh introduces the "RICOM 8", the first office computer. RICOM 8
May 1971 Atsugi Plant, Japan founded as key manufacturing base for business machines and communication and information systems.
Nov. 1971 Total Quality Control campaign intoroduced.
Nov. 1971 Ricoh Nederland B.V. established in Holland (renamed Ricoh Europe B.V. in 1986).
1972 Ricoh launches the "RICOH PPC900", its first dry-electrostatic-transfer plain-paper poster.
Jan. 1973 Ricoh Electronics Co., Ltd. (REI) founded in the USA.
Apr. 1973 "RIFAX 600S", first high-speed facsimile machine for offices, succeeds in transmission between Tokyo and New York via satellite communications. RIFAX 600S
Apr. 1973 Hasama Tohoku Ricoh Co., Ltd. founded (renamed Hasama Ricoh, Inc. in 1977)
May 1973 Rapifax Corp. established in the USA for marketing of facsimiles (renamed Rapicom, Inc. in 1978).
Jul. 1973 Ricoh Optical Industries Co., Ltd. founded in Iwate Prefecture, Japan.
Feb. 1975 Ricoh launches the "RICOPY DT1200", a wet-type plain-paper machine that becoming the world's top-selling copier.
Nov. 1975 Ricoh becomes the first recipient for the Deming Prize in the office automation industry. Ricoh becomes the first recipient for the Deming Prize in the office automation industry.
1976 Establishes the Environmental Promotion Section
Jul. 1976 "RIFAX 600S" plays active role in Montreal Olympic Game.
Oct. 1976 President Mikio Tatebayashi passes away(22nd).
Shinichi Miyoshi appointed chairman(26th). Takeshi Ouye appointed president(26th).
President Mikio Tatebayashi passes away(22nd). Shinichi Miyoshi appointed chairman(26th). Takeshi Ouye appointed president(26th).
Dec. 1976 Ricoh Credit Co., Ltd. established.(renamed Ricoh Lease Co., Ltd. in 1984)
Mar. 1977 The corporate headquarters completed and opens at Aoyama, Tokyo.
Apr. 1977 Ricoh introduces the acronym OA, for office automation, at CeBIT in Hannover. Ricoh introduces the acronym OA, for office automation, at CeBIT in Hannover.
Jul. 1978 Ricoh Deutschland GmbH established in Germany. Construction of Numazu R&D Center completed in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan .
Dec. 1978 Ricoh Business Machines, Ltd. founded in Hong Kong (renamed Ricoh Hong Kong Ltd. in 1987).
May 1979 Ricoh Systems, Inc. established in California to carry out R&D (later merged with Ricoh Corporation in 1987).
Jul. 1979 Materials R&D Center formed at Numazu R&D Center, Japan (renamed Chemical Products R&D Center in 1990). Materials R&D Center formed at Numazu R&D Center, Japan
Jul. 1980 Toda Technical Center established in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.
Ricoh UK Ltd. established.
Jan. 1981 Ricoh begins marketing Ricoh brand dry PPCs in Europe.
Mar. 1981 Service Parts Center established in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.
Apr. 1981 Ricoh begins marketing Ricoh brand dry PPCs in North America.
Construction of Ricoh Electronics Development Center completed at Osaka Plant, Japan.
May 1982 Fukui Plant, Japan, founded for production of sensitized paper. Fukui Plant
Jun. 1982 Ricoh introduces the "RICOPY FT4060", the first dry-toner plain-paper copier.
Jul. 1982 Hatano plant begins operations in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.
Nov. 1982 Ricoh introduces the "RICORE 3000", a digital document processor.
Apr. 1983 Takeshi Ouye appointed chairman (1st).
Hiroshi Hamada appointed president (1st).
Takeshi Ouye appointed chairman (1st). Hiroshi Hamada appointed president (1st).
Jun. 1983 Ricoh launches the "RICOH LP4120" laser printer.
Oct. 1983 Ricoh launches the "RIFAX 1300", a first plain-paper facsimile machine.
Dec. 1983 Ricoh UK Products Ltd. founded.
Feb. 1984 The "RIFAX 1300HS" awarded Nikkei Product Excellence Prize.
Mar. 1984 Chairman Takeshi Ouye passes away.
Apr. 1984 Ricoh Corporation established by Merger of Ricoh of America, Inc. and Rapicom, Inc.
Eleven service subsidiaries merged into two-Ricoh Service Co., Ltd.(Tokyo, Osaka) . (renamed Ricoh Technonet Co., Ltd. (Tokyo, Osaka) in 1988)
Ricoh establishes Manufacturing Technology R&D Center at Atsugi plant, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.
Imaging Technology Development Center established at Ohmori Office, Tokyo, Japan.(renamed Imaging Technology Center in 1995 and then Imaging Technology Division in 1999)General Electronics R&D Center formed at Ohmori Office.