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Company History

Going global

Ricoh strengthened its overseas sales network to bolster its solutions capabilities. We acquired the European operations of Danka Business Systems PLC in 2006 and bought IKON Office Solutions, Inc., in 2008 to build a global sales support structure.
We have reinforced our environmental and corporate social responsibility program since the start of the millennium. In 2002, for example, we were the second Japanese company to participate in the Global Compact of the United Nations.
In 2003, our efforts earned us the World Environment Center Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development, making us the first enterprise from Asia to receive such an honor.

Corporate Milestones
2000 - 2009
Product & Technology Milestones
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

Ricoh receives Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award for the advanced environmental friendliness of the "imagio Neo 350 series".

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Feb. 2001
Product & Technology Milestones

Ricoh receives Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award for the advanced environmental friendliness

imagio Neo 350
imagio Neo 350

The imagio Neo 350 series, featuring Ricoh’s energy-saving technology called QSU*1, won the Energy Conservation Grand Prize*2 for the first time in this sector. News of the award stirred users’ interest in the energy efficiency of this digital copier, generating great momentum to the development and widespread use of environmentally friendly models.

*1 QSU stands for “quick start-up,” which is Ricoh’s proprietary technology that offers both energy conservation and user friendliness. QSU realizes minimal power consumption when the copier is in the standby mode and quick recovery when the user wants to photocopy.
*2 The Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Prize in the 11th Energy Conservation Grand Prize.

Oct. 2001

Inaugurates the Ichimura Nature School Kanto for youth education and development

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Oct. 2001
Corporate Milestones

Inaugurates the Ichimura Nature School Kanto for youth education and development

Ichimura Nature School Kanto
Ichimura Nature School Kanto
Children engaged in activities
at the Ichimura Nature School
Children engaged in activities at the Ichimura Nature School

The Ichimura Nature School is an NPO for youth development founded in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kiyoshi Ichimura, the founder of Ricoh and the Ricoh San-ai Group. It was established in Matsuda-machi, a town in the Ashigarakami District of Kanagawa Prefecture in October 2001. Based on the concept of “learning how to live from Mother Nature,” the project offers farming and other programs for children to provide them with opportunities to develop leadership skills and a self-reliant attitude.

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.

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.

Aug. 2005

Ricoh Technology Center established in Ebina, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.

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Aug. 2005
Corporate Milestones

Establishes the Ricoh Technology Center, a development base for MFPs/printers, in Ebina, Kanagawa Prefecture

Collaboration space in the Ricoh Technology Center
Collaboration space in the Ricoh Technology Center
Ricoh Technology Center
Ricoh Technology Center

Ricoh Technology Center was established to consolidate development functions for imaging and solutions products (MFPs, printers, etc.) that were formerly located in separate sites in Japan, including the Ohmori Plant (Tokyo) and Atsugi Plant (Kanagawa Prefecture), into a single center. The organizational integration was planned to streamline activities in a range of development areas, from element technology and production technology to product assessment, spurring cross-divisional, cross-functional activities, thereby improving development efficiency.

Oct. 2006

Construction of mass-production plant for polymerized toner,"PxP toner", completed at Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.

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Oct. 2006
Corporate Milestones

Construction of mass-production plant for polymerized toner, PxP toner, completed at Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

PxP toner mass-production plant
PxP toner mass-production plant

PxP toner is a polymerized toner with polyester developed by Ricoh, applying its original ester elongation method. While offering higher-definition quality achieved by fine, uniform and highly shape-controllable particles, this toner allows for lower-temperature fixing, thereby contributing to energy-saving machine operations. In addition, CO2 emissions stemming from the manufacturing process can be reduced to around 65% of those of conventional ground toners. To start mass production of the PxP toner, a new plant was constructed on the premises of our Numazu Plant in Shizuoka Prefecture.

Oct.2006

“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

Ricoh signs an Official Partner Agreement with the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Janan.

Dec. 2006

Major new billboard lights up a top the San-ai Dream Center, Ginza, Tokyo.

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Dec. 2006
Corporate Milestones

Major new billboard lights up a top the San-ai Dream Center, Ginza, Tokyo

Billboard on top of the San-ai Dream Center lit up
Billboard on top of the San-ai Dream Center lit up

San-ai Dream Center is a commercial facility which was completed in January 1963. The project was organized by Kiyoshi Ichimura, the founder of Ricoh, who wished to create a symbolic structure of the Ricoh San-ai Group. In 2006, a new billboard was installed on top of the building in celebration of the 70th anniversary of Ricoh’s founding. The lighting installation was designed to present a vibrant image of new sprouts shooting and flower buds opening under the theme of “birth and growth.” This was replaced in September 2014 by the present 100% natural energy powered billboard.

Promotions

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).

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.

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Nov.2007
Corporate Milestones

Ricoh Technology Center received The Nikkei Manufacturing Award

Certificate presented for the Nikkei Manufacturing Award
Certificate presented for the Nikkei Manufacturing Award

Ricoh Technology Center in Ebina, Kanagawa Prefecture, received the fourth Nikkei Manufacturing Award hosted by The Nikkei, a well-known financial daily in Japan. The Nikkei Manufacturing Award recognizes excellent factories, R&D centers as well as programs and systems adopted in these facilities. The Ricoh Technology Center received the award for successful initiatives in development process reforms that increased efficiency by consolidating formerly separate divisions for development, design and pre-production into a single organization to encourage cross-functional activities.

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 enters the color Print-On-Demand market and introduces a color producton printer,“the Ricoh Pro C900”.

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Oct. 2008
Corporate Milestones

Ricoh enters the color Print-On-Demand market and introduces a color production printer, the Ricoh Pro C900

RICOH Pro C900
RICOH Pro C900

RICOH Pro C900 was launched to pioneer the RICOH Pro series, a new production printer brand. The product was a full-fledged print-on-demand model designed to demonstrate the high-speed, high-productivity capability of achieving 90ppm (A4 landscape) for both color and monochrome copying. It represented the fastest performance model in the category*, and satisfied the high-standards required in commercial production printers, in terms of definition quality, stable performance and reliable operation.

*Color production printers marketed at a standard unit price of 30 million yen or less (as of May 7, 2008)

Nov. 2008

Ricoh acquires US based IKON Office Solutions, Inc. a major office equipment distributor.

Sep. 2009

Releases Ricoh’s first reconditioned digital full-color MFPs, the “imagio MP C3500RC/C2500RC series”

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Sep. 2009
Product & Technology Milestones

Releases Ricoh’s first reconditioned digital full-color MFPs, the “imagio MP C3500RC/C2500RC series”

imagio MP C3500RC
imagio MP C3500RC
Used copies are disassambled, have their parts cleaned, then reassembled
Used copies are disassambled, have their parts cleaned, then reassembled

Reconditioning products is an important resource-recycling project at Ricoh. Products are reconditioned mainly by using parts that meet our quality assurance standards. The imagio MP C3500RC/C2500RC series was Ricoh’s first reconditioned digital full-color MFP series. While attaining an average 80% mass content of reused parts, these models met quality standards on par with newly manufactured products*.

*Products wholly composed of newly manufactured parts or like-new products containing some remanufactured parts

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.

Dec. 2009

The “GXR” world’s first interchangeable unit camera released.