Ricoh’s History

Ricoh Co. Ltd. was established on February 6, 1936. The Ricoh Group consists of 272 companies.

The Ricoh Group engages in global-scale activities including the development, production, marketing, after-sales service and recycling of office equipment, including copiers and printers, information equipment, optical devices, and other electronic equipment, in five regions around the world.

The Present

Today, Ricoh is a truly international company. It fosters genuine partnerships with its customers through exceptional standards of service. With the technical ability and IT knowledge on their team, these companies can reduce costs, eliminate waste and streamline processes.

Ricoh’s Future

The company views business, society and the planet as interconnected. It strives to be a company people are proud to work for, going beyond compliance to encourage responsible growth wherever possible. By linking its commitment to forward-thinking business strategies, it promotes development that is profitable and sustainable at customer sites as well as its own operations.

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Through the 20th century

  • 1936
    Begins marketing sensitised paper
  • 1941
    Starts production of optical devices and equipment
  • 1947
    Develops first camera, a twin lens model RICOHFLEX III
  • 1953
    Enters Office Equipment Market with RICOPY 101 diazo copier
  • 1960
    Introduces Offset Duplicator
  • 1964
    Introduces RICOH BS-1, the first electrostatic copier
  • 1972
    Invents Fax Machine & launches RIFAX 600S
  • 1978
    Launches the RICOPY DT1200 wet-type plain paper copier
  • 1984
    World’s First Plain Paper Fax Machine RIFAX 1300
  • 1988
    Launches the COLOR 5000, colour analogue copier
  • 1993
    Launches range of digital multifunctional products
  • 1999
    Launches range of high speed digital colour laser multifunctional devices