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Company History

2000 - Present: Going global

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 U.S.
Feb. 2001
imagio Neo 350 seriesRicoh receives Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award for the advanced environmental friendliness of the "imagio Neo 350 series".
Dec. 2001
Ricoh receives the "Climate Is Business" Award from the European Business Council and U.S. Business Council for the company's contributions to global warming prevention.
Jan. 2002
Multifunctional "imagio Neo 220/270 Series" receives the Energy Conservation Center Chairman's Prize for energy conservation.
Shanghai Ricoh Facsimile Co.,Ltd. achieves cumulative facsimile machine production totaling 1,000,000 units.
Feb. 2002
Ricoh receives the "7th Disclosure Award for Listed Companies" by the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
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.
Jul. 2002
Lanier Worldwide, Inc. of the US (a Ricoh company) receives first J.D. Power and Associates Award for office automation.
Ricoh joins in the United Nations (UN) Global Compact.
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 5 regions to support our Global Major Account customers.
Jul. 2005
Ricoh ranked first in the world for CSR by Oekom Research AG, a German CSR rating firm.
Aug. 2005
Ricoh Technology Center established in Ebina, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.
Construction of mass-production plant for polymerized toner,"PxP toner", completed at Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.
imagio Toner Type C2"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.
The office of the Headquarters moves to new location in the Ginza,Tokyo.
Ricoh signs an Official Partner Agreement with the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Janan.
the San-ai Dream CenterMajor new billboard lights up a top the San-ai Dream Center, Ginza, Tokyo.
Ricoh Europe B.V. concludes a Share Purchase Agreement with Danka Business Systems PLC.
"Technology Portal", a new showroom, opens in New York City.
The "imagio MP C4500it/3500it", digital color multifunction printer, obtains Color Universal Disign Certification.
Shiro Kondo appointed President and CEO. Masamitsu Sakurai becomes Chairman(1st).
Ricoh Corporation, USA, renamed "RicohAmericas Corporation".
Mr.Sakurai appointed Chairman of the KEIZAIDOYUKAI (Japan Association of Corporate Excutives)(24th).
"InfoPrint Company", a joint venture between Ricoh and IBM, begins operation in Boulder, Colorado, USA.
Ricoh becomes the title sponsor for "the Women's British Open", the international golf tournament.
Construction of the Design and Development Center completed in Ikeda, Osaka.
Mr.Sakurai receives the "legion d'honneur" from the French government.
Ricoh Technology Center wins the Nikkei Manufacturing Award, first in the Ricoh Group.
All domestic sales companies in Japan amalgamated.
Ricoh Elemex Corporation becomes a wholly owned subsidiary following an exchange of shares.
RICOH Pro C900Ricoh enters the color Print-On-Demand market and introduces a color producton printer,"the Ricoh Pro C900".
Nov. 2008
Ricoh acquires U.S.-based IKON Office Solutions, Inc. a major office equipment distributor.
Sep. 2009
Ricoh releases its first reconditioned digital full-color MFPs. (Japan market only)
Sep. 2009
Ricoh Manufacturing (Thailand) 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.
Sep. 2009
Ricoh Manufacturing (Thailand) begins operations.
Dec. 2009
Ricoh releases the GXR world’s first interchangeable unit camera.
Jan. 2010
Ricoh makes "Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World" List by Corporate Knights, Inc. of Canada for 6th year in a row.
Apr. 2010
Ricoh Opens Institute of Sustainability and Business.
Jun. 2010
Ricoh sets up a 100% solar-powered electronic billboard in New York’s Times Square.
Jul. 2010
Ricoh Japan Corporation is established by integrating seven domestic sales companies in Japan.
Nov. 2010
Ricoh receives 2010 Nikkei Award for Best Companies Supporting Child-Rearing.
Ricoh completed a new building at the Ricoh Technology Center (Ebina, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan), the product development hub for the Ricoh Group.
Feb. 2011
Ricoh enters the Unified Communication System Business.
Ricoh starts a global strategic alliance with Heidelberg in the graphic arts field.
Mar. 2011
The Ichimura Nature School Kanto enters its 10th year, teaching sound values to young people with its concept of “learning to live from Mother Nature."
Apr. 2011
Ricoh establishes Ricoh Production Print Solutions, LLC in the USA.
Ricoh launches the Eco Solution Business and enters the LED Illumination market.
May. 2011
Ricoh installs a 100% solar-powered electronic billboard in London.
Jul. 2011
Ricoh installs a 100% solar-powered electronic billboard in Sydney.
Aug. 2011
Ricoh is recognized as one of the “World’s Best Companies in Social and Environmental Performance” by oekom research AG,Germany.
Oct. 2011
Ricoh receives the Award of Director-General of the Industrial Science And Technology Policy and Environment Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry for its dry washing technology that removes residue without solvents nor water.
Ricoh Vietnam Company Ltd. is established in Vietnam.
Nov. 2011
Ricoh introduces IPSiO PJ WX4130N/WX4130, the world’s smallest*1 and lightest*1 ultra-short-throw projector.
*1: Among ultra-short-throw projectors using mirror reflector (Result investigated by Ricoh, as of November 7, 2011)
Jan. 2012
Ricoh is selected as the world's best performing business for sustainability performance in the IT industry by Oekom Research AG.
Feb. 2012
Establishes Ricoh Innovations Private Limited, an IT-focused R&D facility
Apr. 2012
Unveils New Global Brand Message: "imagine. change."
Jun. 2012
Establishes Ricoh Thermal Media Asia Pacific Private Limited, a company responsible for thermal media and related business in Mumbai, India.

Completes the transaction of assets of ADA-Das SystemHaus GmbH, an IT services company.
Jul. 2012
Ricoh begins using steel made of 100% steel scrap for office equipment use with Tokyo Steel

Ricopy 101 certified as "Mechanical Engineering Heritage" by The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers
Oct. 2012
Ricoh provides Solutions and Services at the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group.
Nov. 2012
Ricoh Endorses “The Carbon Price Communique” Joint declaration on Climate Change.
Dec. 2012
Ricoh Named to 2012 Top 100 Global Innovators List by Thomson Reuters, one of the world's leading sources of intelligent information for businesses and professionals.
Jan. 2013
The Ichimura Nature School Kanto wins the Philanthropy Grand Prize.

Releases “Ricoh Interactive Whiteboard D5500” with easy-writing display, and the ability to share the same display between remote locations while allowing interactive communications.
Mar. 2013
Ricoh is selected as one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" by Ethisphere Institute of the USA for the 5th year in a row.
Apr. 2013
Ricoh Technologies Co., Ltd., and Ricoh Industry Co., Ltd., established to reorganize domestic design/production functions.

Ricoh Korea Co., Ltd. established.
Sep. 2013
Ricoh provides solution services at the APEC Transportation Ministerial Meeting, a first in Japan.

Named to Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for socially responsible investment.
Sep. 2013
THETALaunch of RICOH THETA, the world's first imaging device that encapsulates fully spherical scenes surrounding the photographer with a single shutter release.*
*As a mass-produced, consumer product capable of capturing the scene around, above and below the device in a fully spherical image (as of October 2013, based on Ricoh Imaging Company Ltd. research).
Jan. 2014
The share trading unit size was changed from 1,000 shares to 100 shares.

RICOH MP C6003/C5503/C4503/C3503/C3003 Series, digital MFPs wins the Energy Conservation Center Chairman Award.

Ricoh is listed in the "Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World" by Corporate Knights, Inc. of Canada for the 10th year in a row.
Feb. 2014
The Ichimura Nature School Kanto receives Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Prize.
Apr. 2014
Ricoh listed for the 11th consecutive year in the FTSE4Good Index Series, a globally recognized corporate social responsibility standard.
Jul. 2014
Reorganization of sales companies in Japan. Ricoh Technosystemes Co., Ltd., Ricoh Business Expert Co., Ltd. and part of Ricoh IT Solutions Co., Ltd. combined into Ricoh Japan Corporation.
Aug. 2014
RIFAX 600S selected as one of Essential Historical Materials for Science and Technology by the National Museum of Nature and Science in Japan.

100% Eco-Powered Billboard at Ginza 4-chome Crossing in Tokyo turned on.