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Ricoh to exhibit its plant-derived new material “PLAiR” at COMPOST 2022

January 20, 2022

TOKYO, January 20, 2022 – Ricoh Company, Ltd. and Ricoh Electronics, Inc. (Georgia, the United States) will exhibit at COMPOST 2022 (Organizer: US Composting Council), which will be held in Austin, Texas, from January 24 to 27, 2022.

COMPOST USCC Conference & Tradeshow is the largest annual conference & trade show by, for, and about the organics recycling industry. Ricoh will be showcasing “PLAiR,” a new material made from plants and air, as a new way to realize a zero-carbon society and circular economy.

The Ricoh Group advocated Environmental Management that commits to simultaneously conserving the environment while producing profits in 1998 and is endeavoring to virtually eliminate greenhouse gas emissions across our value chain by 2050.

Driving Sustainability for Our Future. Ricoh is committed to offering new value that helps society, by resolving social issues through our business.

  • Foamed PLA sheet “PLAiR”, flexible and strong
  • Sample products of PLAiR
  • Foamed PLA sheet “PLAiR”

Content of the Exhibit

PLAiR – A New Material Made from Plants and Air

  • Plant-derived foamed PLA* sheet that is both flexible and strong
  • Can be widely used to create packaging material, cushioning material, and various containers by changing the foam expansion rate
  • Carbon neutral and compostable; When burnt, PLA does not increase the net amount of CO2 in the atmosphere and degrades into water and CO2 under controlled environments such as soil or compost
    PLA (polylactic acid): a plastic material made from plant-derived starch and sugar.

COMPOST 2022 Overview

US Composting Council (USCC)
Austin Convention Center (Ricoh Booth: 214)
Event date
January 24 (Mon.) - 27 (Thr.), 2022 *U.S. time
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PLAiR Business Center, Ricoh Futures Business Unit, Ricoh Company, Ltd.

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With cultivated knowledge and organizational capabilities nurtured over its 85-years history, Ricoh is a leading provider of digital services and information management, and print and imaging solutions designed to support digital transformation and optimize business performance.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group has major operations throughout the world and its products and services now reach customers in approximately 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ended March 2021, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,682 billion yen (approx. 15.1 billion USD).

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