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Who we are

In your office and around can find many Ricoh products and services supporting your everyday life. Staying ahead of the curve, we offer innovative solutions to customers around the world.

Historical highlights

Helping people share information, Ricoh started out by marketing two communication products: sensitized paper and cameras. Since then, we have developed a number of innovative image processing technologies over the years and capitalized on these to offer many revolutionary products and services that help customers improve productivity and create knowledge.

Ricoh's innovative products

Figure : In 1953, Ricoh became Japan's first manufacturer to introduce a belt-conveyor production system. For the successful establishment of a mass production system, Ricoh was recognized by the Okochi Memorial Foundation with its production award.In 1953, Ricoh became Japan's first manufacturer to introduce a belt-conveyor production system. For the successful establishment of a mass production system, Ricoh was recognized by the Okochi Memorial Foundation with its production award.
Figure : Ricohflex (Model III)Ricohflex (Model III)

Ricohflex (Model III)—Making cameras an affordable item for consumers (1950)

Succeeding in mass producing cameras by adopting a moving belt conveyor system, Ricoh offered the Ricohflex Model III at 6,800 yen. Consumers were astonished at the price tag, as cameras were a luxury item at the time. This model was highly populared in Japan, and apparently represented more than 50% of total camera production in Japan during its sales peak.

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Figure : Ricoh employee using a Ricopy 101 (1956)Ricoh employee using a Ricopy 101 (1956)

Ricopy 101 (1955)—efficiency improvement for the office

Before the launch of Ricopy, duplicating documents by hand was the norm. The advent of the copier was a transformational event in the office, saving office workers from an onerous task.

"Mechanical Engineering Heritage" Certification No. 54 for fiscal year 2012: "Ricopy 101"

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RIFAX 600S—The world's first high-speed for office facsimile machine (1974)

RIFAX 600S was able to transmit an A4 page in just 60 seconds, compared with the three to six minutes required for contemporary models. At the product launch, a transmission between Tokyo and New York was demonstrated with great fanfare.

  • Figure : RIFAX 600S, high-speed facsimile (1973)RIFAX 600S, high-speed facsimile (1973)
  • Figure : RIFAX 600S exported to the U.S. (1975)RIFAX 600S exported to the U.S. (1975)

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Figure : ARTAGE 8000ARTAGE 8000

ARTAGE 8000—The world's fastest digital full-color copier (1990)

By adopting the "four-drum tandem system*" that uses four photoreceptor drums simultaneously to produce full-color printing, the Ricoh ARTAGE 8000 printed 15 pages (A4) per minute, the world fastest speed for a color copy machine at the time. The system has become the mainstream technology for color printing, used in many multifunctional copiers and printers in the market.

  • *Four-drum tandem system: Technology for high-speed color printing. The preceding technology of "one-drum four-cycle system" required repeated imaging process by cyan, magenta, yellow, and black to reproduce a color copy; it was a time-consuming process, taking four times longer to create a copy compared with monochrome copying machines. The "four-drum tandem system" developed by Ricoh processes the four colors on four photoreceptor drums simultaneously, enabling fourfold faster printing speed.

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Figure : imagio Neo 350imagio Neo 350

imagio Neo 350 series—The first digital MFP to win the Energy Conservation Grand Prize (2001)

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 spurred users' interest in their copiers' energy efficiency, giving greater momentum to the development and widespread use of eco-friendly models.

  • *1QSU stands for "Quick Start-up," Ricoh's original technology that has achieved both energy conservation and user friendliness. QSU enables minimal power consumption when the copier is in the standby mode and quick recovery when the user wants to photocopy.
  • *2The Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Prize in the 11th Energy Conservation Grand Prize

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Figure : imagio MP 9002imagio MP 9002

imagio MP 9002—The world's first MFP that features steel parts made from 100% steel scrap (2012)

Based on the recognition that manufacturing that involves wasteful use of new resources will sooner or later face limitations, Ricoh has started to develop technologies for effective use of recycled materials. As a result, Ricoh became the first office equipment manufacturer to develop electric furnace steel sheets,* which are used in parts for the imagio MP 9002 series.

  • *Steel sheets are normally made of 100% steel scrap.

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