Ricoh Company, Ltd.
8-13-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8222 Japan
Ricoh's origins date to a decision of the Institute of Physical and Chemical
Research to commercialize the fruits of its R&D by setting up Rikagaku
Kogyo. In 1936, Rikagaku Kogyo established Riken Kankoshi Co., Ltd. (renamed
Riken Optical Co., Ltd., in 1938, and Ricoh Company, Ltd., in 1963), to
manufacture and sell sensitized paper. The Company started its camera
business in 1937. In 1950, it created Japan?s first mass production
structure for cameras, driving their popularity among consumers. The company
entered the business machine field in 1955 by launching the Ricopy 101.
In 1974, Ricoh launched the RIFAX 600S, the
world?s first high-speed office facsimile machine. In 1977, we coined the
acronym OA, for office automation. During the 1980s, we extended our office
productivity support by rolling out a lineup that included computers and
word processors, optical filing systems, and laser printers.
In 1987, we pioneered the multifunctional digital
copier for the office with the IMAGIO 320. In 1996, we helped popularize
digital models by launching the imagio MF200, a compact and highly
affordable copier. We thereafter released networkable and color offerings.
We reinforced our overseas production structure, notably by establishing
Ricoh Asia Industry (Shenzhen) Ltd. We broadened our international sales
network in 1995, acquiring Savin Corporation and Gestetner Holdings PLC in
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.