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1985 - 1999: Driving digitization

Feb. 1985
Ricoh introduces the "RICOH COLOR 5000", the first analog color copier.
Mar. 1985
Ricoh awarded Ohkochi Memorial Production Prize for development of multi-product production system for plain-paper copiers.
May. 1985
Ricoh develops speech recognition and optical character recognition technology.
Oct. 1985
Gotenba Plant, Shizuoka Prefecture,JapanRicoh opens Gotemba Plant, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.
Apr. 1986
Adapts a new coporate logo in celebration of its 50th anniversary.
Ricoh Espana S.A. established.
Ricoh founds Ricoh Research and Development Center in Yokohama in commemoration of 50th year of operations.
May 1986
Ricoh France S.A. established.
Apr. 1987
Ricoh Corporation founded in the USA.
Ricoh Industrie France S.A. established.
Jun. 1987
Ricoh launches the "IMAGIO" series of digital intelligent systems.
Oct. 1987
The "OHP313R" awarded Good Design Grand Award.
Apr. 1988
Ricoh Microelectronics Co., Ltd. founded in Tottori Prefecture, Japan, for cutting-edge FA manufacturing of electronic circuit parts.
Apr. 1989
Ricoh launches the "RIFAX D7000", the world's first ISDN G4 digital facsimile machine.
Ricoh opens Yashiro Plant for manufacturing electronic devices in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.
Sep. 1989
Ricoh signs a contract of the Worldwide Sponsorship in facsimile machine category for 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.
Jul. 1990
Construction of Ricoh Electronics, Inc. Georgia Plant completed in the suburbs of Atlanta, the fourth of its kind in the USA.
Ricoh Italia S.p.A. established.
Dec. 1990
Establishes the Environment Administration Office
(Integrates the functions of the Environmental Promotion Section and the Environment Administration Office to establish the Corporate Environment Office in April, 1998 and the name was changed to the Corporate Environment Division in April, 2001.)
Jan. 1991
Ricoh Asia Industry (Shenzhen) Ltd. (RAI) founded in China.
Mar. 1991
Dong Guan Tailien Optical Co., Ltd. opens in Shenzhen, China, to manufacture parts for compact cameras.
Apr. 1991
Ricoh California Research Center develops world's fastest color imaging compression algorithm.
Aug. 1991
Ricoh completed setting up the Ricoh's Olympic Fax Network to connect International Olympic Committee (IOC) to Olympic Family.
Feb. 1992
Ricoh General Principles on the Environment enacted to clarify Ricoh Group's position on environmental preservation.
May 1992
Ricoh Industrie France S.A. established as a thermal paper plant
Jun. 1992
Construction of OPC system completed at Ricoh Numazu Plant, Japan.
Jul. 1992
Ricoh contributes toward the Barcelona Olympic Games in the facsimile machine category (the Olympic Fax Network).
Ricoh Unitechno Co., Ltd., Japan, becomes first subsidiary of the Ricoh Group to obtain ISO 9002 certification, followed by the Atsugi Plant and the Gotemba Plant.
Ricoh officially enters into the CD business.
Apr. 1993
Ricoh UK Products Ltd. (RPL) becomes first recipient of Queen's Award for Environmental Achievement.
Oct. 1993
Ricoh signs a contract with IOC as Olympic Fax Network supplier.
Shanghai Ricoh Facsimile Co., Ltd. founded in China.
RPG Ricoh Ltd. founded in Bombay, India (renamed Ricoh India Limited in 1998).
May 1994
Ricoh UK Products Ltd. (RPL) receives Highly Recommended prize from European Better Environment Awards for industry for its chlorofluocarbon-free recycling system.
Oct. 1994
Ricoh starts nationwide development of remote diagnostic service for copiers in Japan.
Mar. 1995
Ricoh wins top award from Japan's Ministry of International Trade and Industry for environmental activities, product assessment and recyclable design.
Ricoh Corporation acquires Savin Corporation.
May 1995
RICOH R1The "RICOH R1" awarded Camera Grand Prix '95 Special Prize in Japan.
Ricoh acquires Gestetner Holdings PLC of United Kingdom (renamed NRG Group PLC in 2001).
Dec. 1995
Gotemba Plant, Japan, obtains ISO/DIS 14001 certification, international standard for environmental management.
Apr. 1996
Hiroshi Hamada appointed chairman and Masamitsu Sakurai president.
Jun. 1996
Environmental Protection Agency of United States awards Ricoh Corporation with ENERGY STAR Award (for five consecutive years until 2000).
Jul. 1996
Ricoh inaugurates Aficio as unified global brand for Ricoh products.
Nov. 1996
CD-RW discsRicoh launches production of CD-RW discs.
Dec. 1996
Ricoh Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. established in Singapore.
Feb. 1997
Ricoh establishes Ricoh Kanto Recycling Center to disassemble and separate recycled PPCs for energy reduction and recycling.
Mar. 1997
Ricoh Silicon Valley, Inc. founded in California. (renamed Ricoh Innovations, Inc. in 2000)
Oct. 1997
Mitsui-Ricoh CIS Ltd.,a joint venture company with Mitsui & Co.,Ltd., formed in Russia.
Ricoh Latin America, Inc. established in the United States to manage sales in Central and South America.
Feb. 1998
"RIFAX BL110 Shataro2" facsimile machine awarded Japan Machinery Federation President's Award at 18th Energy Saving Excellent Awards.
Aug. 1998
Ricoh Asia Indutry (Shenzhen) becomes first Japanese-owned facsimile machine manufacturer to reach 1,000,000 unit production mark.
Dec. 1998
Ricoh awarded first place in second annual Environmental Management Survey by Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Japan's top business daily (receives for three consecutive years until 2000).
Jan. 1999
Ricoh Technosystems Co., Ltd. formed by merge Ricoh Technonet Co., Ltd. (Tokyo, Osaka) and Ricoh Information Systems Co., Ltd.
May 1999
Ricoh awarded Minister of International Trade and Industry Prize in eighth annual Global Environment Awards from Japan Industrial Journal.
Dec. 1999
Ricoh receives Japan Quality Award.