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Company History

1970 - 1984: Coining OA acronym

Ricoh of America, Inc.

Jan. 1970
Ricoh of America, Inc. established in New Jersey ( running until 1984), through integration of New York office and Ricoh Industries U.S.A., Inc.
Mar. 1970
Ricoh Pavilion appears at Japan Expo '70 with theme "Better Vision for Humanity".

RICOM 8

Apr. 1971
Ricoh introduces the "RICOM 8", the first office computer.
May 1971
Atsugi Plant, Japan founded as key manufacturing base for business machines and communication and information systems.
Nov. 1971
Total Quality Control campaign intoroduced.
Nov. 1971
Ricoh Nederland B.V. established in Holland (renamed Ricoh Europe B.V. in 1986).
1972
Ricoh launches the "RICOH PPC900", its first dry-electrostatic-transfer plain-paper poster.
Jan. 1973
Ricoh Electronics Co., Ltd. (REI) founded in the USA.

RIFAX 600S

Apr. 1973
"RIFAX 600S", first high-speed facsimile machine for offices, succeeds in transmission between Tokyo and New York via satellite communications.
Apr. 1973
Hasama Tohoku Ricoh Co., Ltd. founded (renamed Hasama Ricoh, Inc. in 1977)
May 1973
Rapifax Corp. established in the USA for marketing of facsimiles (renamed Rapicom, Inc. in 1978).
Jul. 1973
Ricoh Optical Industries Co., Ltd. founded in Iwate Prefecture, Japan.
Feb. 1975
Ricoh launches the "RICOPY DT1200", a wet-type plain-paper machine that becoming the world's top-selling copier.

Ricoh becomes the first recipient for the Deming Prize in the office automation industry.

Nov. 1975
Ricoh becomes the first recipient for the Deming Prize in the office automation industry.
1976
Establishes the Environmental Promotion Section
Jul. 1976
"RIFAX 600S" plays active role in Montreal Olympic Game.

President Mikio Tatebayashi passes away(22nd). Shinichi Miyoshi appointed chairman(26th). Takeshi Ouye appointed president(26th).

Oct. 1976
President Mikio Tatebayashi passes away(22nd).
Shinichi Miyoshi appointed chairman(26th). Takeshi Ouye appointed president(26th).
Dec. 1976
Ricoh Credit Co., Ltd. established.(renamed Ricoh Lease Co., Ltd. in 1984)
Mar. 1977
The corporate headquarters completed and opens at Aoyama, Tokyo.

Ricoh introduces the acronym OA, for office automation, at CeBIT in Hannover.

Apr. 1977
Ricoh introduces the acronym OA, for office automation, at CeBIT in Hannover.
Jul. 1978
Ricoh Deutschland GmbH established in Germany. Construction of Numazu R&D Center completed in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan .
Dec. 1978
Ricoh Business Machines, Ltd. founded in Hong Kong (renamed Ricoh Hong Kong Ltd. in 1987).
May 1979
Ricoh Systems, Inc. established in California to carry out R&D (later merged with Ricoh Corporation in 1987).

Materials R&D Center formed at Numazu R&D Center, Japan

Jul. 1979
Materials R&D Center formed at Numazu R&D Center, Japan (renamed Chemical Products R&D Center in 1990).
Jul. 1980
Toda Technical Center established in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.
Ricoh UK Ltd. established.
Jan. 1981
Ricoh begins marketing Ricoh brand dry PPCs in Europe.
Mar. 1981
Service Parts Center established in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.
Apr. 1981
Ricoh begins marketing Ricoh brand dry PPCs in North America.
Construction of Ricoh Electronics Development Center completed at Osaka Plant, Japan.

Fukui Plant

May 1982
Fukui Plant, Japan, founded for production of sensitized paper.
Jun. 1982
Ricoh introduces the "RICOPY FT4060", the first dry-toner plain-paper copier.
Jul. 1982
Hatano plant begins operations in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.
Nov. 1982
Ricoh introduces the "RICORE 3000", a digital document processor.

Takeshi Ouye appointed chairman (1st). Hiroshi Hamada appointed president (1st).

Apr. 1983
Takeshi Ouye appointed chairman (1st).
Hiroshi Hamada appointed president (1st).
Jun. 1983
Ricoh launches the "RICOH LP4120" laser printer.
Oct. 1983
Ricoh launches the "RIFAX 1300", a first plain-paper facsimile machine.
Dec. 1983
Ricoh UK Products Ltd. founded.
Feb. 1984
The "RIFAX 1300HS" awarded Nikkei Product Excellence Prize.
Mar. 1984
Chairman Takeshi Ouye passes away.
Apr. 1984
Ricoh Corporation established by Merger of Ricoh of America, Inc. and Rapicom, Inc.
Eleven service subsidiaries merged into two-Ricoh Service Co., Ltd.(Tokyo, Osaka) . (renamed Ricoh Technonet Co., Ltd. (Tokyo, Osaka) in 1988)
Ricoh establishes Manufacturing Technology R&D Center at Atsugi plant, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.
Imaging Technology Development Center established at Ohmori Office, Tokyo, Japan.(renamed Imaging Technology Center in 1995 and then Imaging Technology Division in 1999) General Electronics R&D Center formed at Ohmori Office.

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