The Ricoh Company, Ltd. (株式会社リコー Kabushiki-gaisha Rikō) is a Japanese multinational imaging and electronics company. It was founded by the RIKEN zaibatsu on 6 February 1936 as Riken Sensitized Paper (理研感光紙 Riken Kankōshi). Ricoh's headquarters are located in Ricoh Building in Chūō, Tokyo.
The Ricoh Building in Tokyo, the headquarters of Ricoh
|Founded||Tokyo, February 6, 1936|
|Headquarters||Chūō, Tokyo, Japan|
|Products||Copiers (such as plain paper copiers (PPCs)), printers (multi-functional printers (MFPs), laser printers and GELJET printers), production printing products and facsimile machines.|
|Revenue||¥2.231 trillion (2015)|
|¥68.562 billion (2015)|
Number of employees
|109,361 (March 31, 2016)|
Ricoh produces electronic products, primarily cameras and office equipment such as printers, photocopiers, fax machines, offers Software as a Service (SaaS) document management solutions such as DocumentMall, RicohDocs, document solutions such as GlobalScan, Print&Share and also offers Projectors. In the late 1990s through early 2000s, the company grew to become the largest copier manufacturer in the world. During this time, Ricoh acquired Savin, Gestetner, Lanier, Rex-Rotary, Monroe, Nashuatec, IKON and most recently IBM Printing Systems Division / Infoprint Solutions Company. Although the Monroe brand was discontinued, products continue to be marketed worldwide under the remaining brand names. In 2006, Ricoh acquired the European operations of Danka for $210 million. These operations continue as a stand-alone business unit, under the Infotec brand.
The company was founded in 1936. Before relocating to Chūō, Ricoh was first in Minato, Tokyo. In 2006 Ricoh's headquarters moved to the Ricoh Building, a 25-story building in the Ginza area in Chūō; there it occupies the same space as its sales offices.
During the 1960s and 1970s Ricoh made wrist watches for both the Japanese domestic market and international markets, briefly entering into a partnership with Hamilton Watch Company, for the creation of the Ricoh Hamilton Electric watch.
Throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, Ricoh was the primary manufacturer of Pitney-Bowes copiers. They have also manufactured copiers for Toshiba, fax machines for AT&T Corporation and Omnifax, as well as a wide variety of equipment for numerous other companies including duplicators for AB Dick. They also manufactured the Ricoh 2A03 8-bit processor used in the Nintendo Entertainment System.
In 2004 Ricoh acquired Hitachi Printing Solutions, Ltd creating a new company, Ricoh Printing Systems, Ltd.
In September 2005 Ricoh launched its new designed logo for the ricoh brand. The logo used before has been introduced in 1986.
In November 2006, Ricoh announced the integration of the head office of Ricoh Europe B.V. (REBV) in Amstelveen, Netherlands, with NRG's European headquarters in London, United Kingdom. This was completed on April 1, with the former NRG HQ in London becoming the Strategic HQ and the former REBV HQ in Amstelveen becoming the Operational HQ. This mirrors a similar process which took place in the US with Lanier and Ricoh USA.
This integration was the first step in integration within each country in Europe. A single country organisation was created in Austria on July 1, 2007, the UK integration being currently in process and integration also taking place in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain.
On January 25, 2007, Ricoh announced purchase of IBM Printing Systems Division for $725 million and investment in a 3-year joint venture to form the new Ricoh subsidiary, InfoPrint Solutions Company, with a 51% share.
In February 2008, Ricoh partnered up with PrinterOn to set up two new HotSpot printers: The SP C410DN-KP color printer and the SP 4100N-KP monochrome printer which allows Wi-Fi enabled users to print documents from any location.
In May 2011, Ricoh announced a cut of 10,000 jobs worldwide up to March 2014 from the current 40,000 workers in Japan and 68,900 others overseas. The company would also shift 15,000 workers to areas with more growth potential.
Japanese optical glass-maker Hoya Corporation said on July 1, 2011, it would sell its Pentax camera business to Ricoh, in a deal the Nikkei business daily said was worth about 10 billion yen ($124.2 million). On July 29, 2011, Hoya transferred its Pentax imaging systems business to a newly established subsidiary called Pentax Imaging Corporation. On October 1, 2011, Ricoh acquired all shares of Pentax Imaging Corp. and renamed the new subsidiary Pentax Ricoh Imaging Company, Ltd.
On January 8, 2016, Ricoh India stated they partnered with Siemens to offer digital lifecycle management software.
On July 19, 2016, Ricoh India admitted to an estimated ₹1,123 crore accounting fraud. CEO and Managing Director Manoj Kumar, and Chairman Tetsuya Takano have resigned from Ricoh India as a result.
On January 18, 2017, Ricoh Limited announced the acquisition of Avanti Computer Systems, headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, a leading provider of Print MIS (Management Information System) targeted for the production print market. The acquisition enables Ricoh to further expand the value its production print workflow delivers to customers, as well as to help improve management efficiency and productivity of customers in the production printing market.
The Ricoh Group has sales and support, production, and research and development operations in nearly 180 countries. It has its world headquarters in Tokyo, Japan and regional headquarters in Japan, the Americas, Europe, China, and the Asia-Pacific.
- Americas Regional Headquarters
Ricoh Americas Corporation, located in Malvern, PA, USA, covers the United States, Canada and Latin American countries
- Europe Regional Headquarters
Ricoh International B.V., located in Amstelveen, the Netherlands and London, U.K. covers Europe, Africa and Middle East
- Asia/Pacific Regional Headquarters
Ricoh Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd., located in Singapore, covers South-East Asia, Australia, New Zealand and China
Ricoh has many[quantify] technology- and customer-research groups around the world. For example, Ricoh Innovations, a research subsidiary of Ricoh Company, operates in Silicon Valley, California, focusing on technology, cloud, mobile solutions, and customer research.
- Digital cameras
- Ricoh Theta (360-degree compact - 14.5 megapixel)
- Ricoh Caplio G3 (3.24-megapixel)
- Ricoh Caplio G4 (3.24-megapixel)
- Ricoh RDC-5300 (2.30-megapixel)
- Ricoh Caplio Pro G3 GPS Camera, Network ready (3.24-megapixel)
- Ricoh Caplio RX (3-megapixel)
- Ricoh Caplio R1 (4-megapixel, also available as Rollei DR4)
- Ricoh Caplio R1v (5-megapixel, also available as Rollei DR5)
- Ricoh Caplio R2 (5-megapixel, larger screen, no viewfinder)
- Ricoh Caplio R3 (5-megapixel, 28–200 equivalent zoom)
- Ricoh Caplio R4 (6-megapixel, 28–200 equivalent zoom)
- Ricoh Caplio R5 (7-megapixel, 28–200 equivalent zoom)
- Ricoh Caplio R6 (7-megapixel, 28–200 equivalent zoom, larger screen, super slim)
- Ricoh Caplio R7 (8-megapixel, 28–200 equivalent zoom)
- Ricoh R8 (10-megapixel, 28–200 equivalent zoom)
- Ricoh R10 (10-megapixel, 28-200 equivalent zoom)
- Ricoh CX1 (9-megapixel, 28-200 equivalent zoom)
- Ricoh CX2 (9-megapixel, 28-300 equivalent zoom)
- Ricoh CX3 (10-megapixel, 28-300 equivalent zoom)
- Ricoh CX4 (10-megapixel, 28-300 equivalent zoom)
- Ricoh Caplio GX (5.1-megapixel, also available as Rollei DR5100)
- Ricoh Caplio GX8 (8-megapixel) 28-85mm equivalent zoom with 22 mm optional adaptor
- Ricoh Caplio GX100 (10-megapixel) 24-72mm equivalent wide zoom with 19 mm optional adaptor
- Ricoh GX200 (12-megapixel) 24-72mm equivalent wide zoom with 19mm and 135mm optional converter lenses. Replaced the GX100.
- Ricoh Caplio 400G Wide (3.2-megapixel)
- Ricoh Caplio 500SE (8-megapixel, 28-85mm equivalent zoom with 22 mm optional adaptor, GPS-ready)
- Ricoh WG-M1
- Ricoh G700
- Ricoh WG-4
- Ricoh WG-20
- Ricoh WG-30
- Ricoh WG-30W
- GR Digital
- Ricoh GR Digital (8-megapixel) 28 mm equivalent prime lens with 21 mm optional adaptor
- Ricoh GR Digital II (10-megapixel) 28 mm equivalent prime lens with 21 mm optional adaptor
- Ricoh GR Digital III (10-megapixel) 28 mm equivalent prime lens with f/1.9 aperture
- Ricoh GR Digital IV (10-megapixel) 28 mm equivalent prime lens with f/1.9 aperture
- Ricoh GR (16-megapixel) 28 mm equivalent prime lens with f/2.8 aperture
- GXR interchangeable sensor system
- GPS and camera All-in-one
- Film cameras
- Ricoh 500 35mm rangefinder with rapid film advance and fast focusing
- Ricoh 500G 35mm compact rangefinder
- Ricoh Mirai (similar to Olympus AZ-4 zoom)
- Ricoh Ricoh Singlex (Nikon F mount, made by Mamiya - same body as Nikkorex F, and Sears SLII)
- Ricoh Ricoh Singlex TLS (M42 lens mount, same as Sears TLS)
- Ricoh Ricoh Singlex II (M42 lens mount)
- Golden Ricoh 16 subminiature camera.
- Ricoh KR-5 (R-K mount)
- Ricoh KR-5 Super (R-K mount)
- Ricoh KR-5 Super II (R-K mount)
- Ricoh KR-10 (R-K mount)
- Ricoh KR-10 Super (R-K mount)
- Ricoh KR-30SP (R-K mount)
- Ricoh GR film cameras (GR1, GR1s and GR1V, GR10, GR21)
- Ricoh XR-1 (Pentax K mount)
- Ricoh XR-2 (Pentax K mount)
- Ricoh XR-2s (Pentax K mount)
- Ricoh XR7 (Pentax K mount)
- Ricoh XR-500 (R-K mount)
- Ricoh XR-10M (R-K mount)
- Ricoh XR-M (R-K mount)
- Ricoh XR-P (R-K mount)
- Ricoh XR-S (R-K mount)
- Ricoh XR-X (R-K mount)
- Ricoh FF-9D
- Multifunction Products/Printers
- Ricoh Aficio (Ricoh has used Aficio as a global brand since 1996.)
- Ricoh Aficio MP C 2500
- Ricoh Pro
- Ricoh Aficio (Ricoh has used Aficio as a global brand since 1996.)
- DocumentMall (SaaS document-management)
- Software as a Service (SaaS) Defined
- Secure Storage—HIPAA and Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Compliant
- Document Management
- Industry Solutions
- Accounts Payable Solution
- Software Solutions
- Print&Share (output management and security)
- Streamline NX (Print Management and document-capture)
- GlobalScan (document-capture and distribution software)
- PJ X2130
- PJ WX2130
- Desk-Edge and Short Throw
- PJ X3340
- PJ WX3340
- PJ WX3340N
- PJ X4240N
- PJ WX4240N
- PJ X3241
- Ultra-short-throw Projectors
- PJ WX4141
- PJ WX4141N
- PJ WX4141NI
- Standard Installation
- PJ WX5361N
- PJ X537N
- Conference Room
- PJ WX6170N
- PJ X6180N
- Unified Communication Systems
- Ricoh UCS App for tablet and smartphones
- Interactive WhiteBoard
- Ricoh InteractiveWhiteboard D5500
- Ricoh Data Center Services
- Ricoh Arena, a football and rugby stadium complete with a concert hall and conference facilities, opened in Coventry, England in 2005, bearing the company's name due to a naming rights agreement. Renamed City of Coventry Stadium during the 2012 Summer Olympics due to strict sponsorship rules.
- Ricoh Coliseum, a 7,800 seat indoor arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada also bearing the company's name via another naming rights agreement in 2003. Renamed Toronto Coliseum during the 2015 Pan American Games due to strict sponsorship rules.
- Ricoh Black Rams, a Japanese rugby union team owned by Ricoh.
- In 2007, Ricoh acquired title sponsorship of the Women's British Open, one of then four major championships recognized by the world's dominant women's golf tour, the U.S. LPGA Tour.
- In November 2008, Ricoh unveiled the first eco-friendly billboard in Times Square, NY—entirely powered by the sun and the wind.
- "Company Data Archived 2009-02-05 at the Wayback Machine.." Ricoh. Retrieved on January 13, 2009.
- "Free-up more time for essential business tasks with Print&Share from Ricoh". Ricoh. November 14, 2011.
- "Outline of Ricoh." Ricoh. May 16, 1997. Retrieved on January 13, 2009.
- "Topics - Annual Report 2006." Ricoh. Retrieved on January 13, 2009.
- "Hamilton Ricoh - Electric Watches." Retrieved on February 1, 2018.
- "Transition of the Ricoh logo". Ricoh. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
- "Ricoh and PrinterOn Announce Wi-Fi HotSpot Printers". PrinterInfo.com. Retrieved 2012-09-21.
- "Ricoh to Acquire IKON Office Solutions, Inc". Ricoh. August 27, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-29.
- "RICOH COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF IKON OFFICE SOLUTIONS, INC". Ricoh. November 1, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
- "Reuters Ricoh to buy Pentax." Ricoh to buy Pentax from Hoya. July 1, Retrieved 2011 July 1, 2011.
- "Ricoh Establishes PENTAX RICOH I..." Ricoh Global. Retrieved 2015-08-16.
- "Ricoh to acquire HOYA's PENTAX I..." Ricoh Global. Retrieved 2015-08-16.
- "COMPANY NAME CHANGE". Retrieved 2015-08-16.
- "Ricoh India ties up with Siemens to offer digital lifecycle management software". 8 January 2016. Retrieved 2016-01-09 – via Economic Times.
- Choudhary, Shrimi (19 July 2016). "Ricoh India admits accounting violations, falsification of books". Business Standard. Mumbai. Retrieved July 25, 2016.
- Jain, Upasana (25 July 2016). "Ricoh India chairman Tetsuya Takano resigns". Livemint. New Delhi. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
- Ricoh. "Ricoh Acquires Avanti Computer Systems Limited". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
- "Company History". Ricoh Company, Limited. 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-30.
Jul. 1996[:] Ricoh inaugurates Aficio as unified global brand for Ricoh products.