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Company History

2000 - 2009: Going global

Mar. 2000
Construction of Ohmori Office completed as developmental base for imaging technology.
Apr. 2000
Ricoh awarded the Keidanren Chairman's Prize at the 9th Global Environmental Awards.
The Ricoh Group Environmental Report 1999 wins Best Report.
Jan. 2001
Ricoh acquires Lanier Worldwide, Inc. (headquarters: Atlanta), an OA equipment marketing company in the US.
Feb. 2001
imagio Neo 350 seriesRicoh receives Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award for the advanced environmental friendliness of the "imagio Neo 350 series".
Dec. 2001
Ricoh receives the "Climate Is Business" Award from the European Business Council and U.S. Business Council for the company's contributions to global warming prevention.
Jan. 2002
Multifunction printers, "imagio Neo 220/270 Series" receives the Energy Conservation Center Chairman's Prize for energy conservation.
Shanghai Ricoh Facsimile Co.,Ltd. achieves cumulative facsimile machine production totaling 1,000,000 units.
Feb. 2002
Ricoh receives the "7th Disclosure Award for Listed Companies" by the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Apr. 2002
Ricoh announces its participation in the UN Global Compact.
Jun. 2002
Ricoh ranked first in the world for corporate responsibility rating by Oekom Research AG of Germany.
Jul. 2002
Lanier Worldwide, Inc. of the US (a Ricoh company) receives first J.D. Power and Associates Award for office automation.
Ricoh joins in the United Nations (UN) Global Compact.
Jan. 2003
Ricoh China Co., Ltd. established in Shanghai as a regional Headquarters in China.
Apr. 2003
President Sakurai honored with a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) from the British government.
May 2003
Ricoh Group receives Gold Medal from World Environment Center (WEC).
Nov. 2003
Lanier Worldwide, Inc. of the US (a Ricoh company) receives first J.D. Power and Associates Award for office automation for two consecutive years.
Feb. 2004
Ricoh Software Research Center (Beijing) Co.,Ltd. established.
Jun. 2004
Shanghai Ricoh Digital Equipment Co.,Ltd. established.
Oct. 2004
Ricoh acquires Hitachi Printing Solutions, Ltd. (renamed Ricoh Printing Systems, Ltd.) in a first step toward entering the production printing business.
Jan. 2005
Ricoh Software Inc., consolidating five domestic software R&D subsidiaries,established.
Mar. 2005
Ricoh given a AAA environmental rating by Tohmatsu Evaluation and Certification Organization.
Apr. 2005
Ricoh Global Services was established in all five regions to support our Global Major Account customers.
Jul. 2005
Ricoh ranked first in the world for CSR by Oekom Research AG, a German CSR rating firm. (until 2006)
Aug. 2005
Ricoh Technology Center established in Ebina, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.
Oct.2006
Construction of mass-production plant for polymerized toner,"PxP toner", completed at Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.
Oct.2006
imagio Toner Type C2"imagio Toner Type C2" wins the Ecology Design Prize from the Ministry of Economy,Trade and Industry, awarded to designs that protect the environment and promote effective resource use.
Nov.2006
Headquarters moves to new location in the Ginza,Tokyo.
Nov.2006
Ricoh signs an Official Partner Agreement with the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Janan.
Dec.2006
the San-ai Dream CenterMajor new billboard lights up a top the San-ai Dream Center, Ginza, Tokyo.
Dec.2006
Ricoh Europe B.V. concludes a Share Purchase Agreement with Danka Business Systems PLC.
Feb.2007
"Technology Portal", a new showroom, opens in New York City.
Mar.2007
The "imagio MP C4500it/3500it", digital color multifunction printer, obtains Color Universal Disign Certification.
Apr.1, 2007
Shiro Kondo appointed President and CEO. Masamitsu Sakurai becomes Chairman.
Apr.2007
Ricoh Corporation, USA, renamed "Ricoh Americas Corporation".
Apr. 24, 2007
Masamitsu Sakurai appointed Chairman of the KEIZAIDOYUKAI (Japan Association of Corporate Excutives).
Jun.2007
"InfoPrint Company", a joint venture between Ricoh and IBM, begins operation in Boulder, Colorado, USA.
Aug.2007
Ricoh becomes the title sponsor for "the Women's British Open", the international golf tournament.
Sep.2007
Construction of the Design and Development Center completed in Ikeda, Osaka.
Sep.2007
Masamitsu Sakurai receives the "legion d'honneur" from the French government.
Nov.2007
Ricoh Technology Center wins the Nikkei Manufacturing Award, first in the Ricoh Group.
Jul.2008
All domestic sales companies in Japan amalgamated.
Aug.2008
Ricoh Elemex Corporation becomes a wholly owned subsidiary following an exchange of shares.
Oct.2008
RICOH Pro C900Ricoh enters the color Print-On-Demand market and introduces a color producton printer,"the Ricoh Pro C900".
Nov. 2008
Ricoh acquires US based IKON Office Solutions, Inc. a major office equipment distributor.
Sep. 2009
Ricoh releases its first reconditioned digital full-color MFPs. (Japan market only)
Sep. 2009
Ricoh Manufacturing (Thailand) Ltd. begins operations.
Nov. 2009
Ricoh produces the world’s first* biomass toner, to be used in the imagio MP 6001GP in Japan.
*As a manufacturer’s genuine supply item.
Sep. 2009
Ricoh Manufacturing (Thailand) begins operations.
Dec. 2009
The GXR world’s first interchangeable unit camera released.