Kiyoshi Ichimura formulated the Ricoh Group's Founding Principles in 1946. They inform how we do business, encouraging us to constantly improve and contribute to the wellbeing of all stakeholders, including our families, customers, and society at large.
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Ricoh Corporate History
Feb. 6, 1936
The sensitized paper division of Rikagaku Kogyo split off to be established as Riken Kankoshi Co., Ltd. (–1938)
Riken Kankoshi Co., Ltd. renamed Riken Optical Co., Ltd. and starts production of optical devices and equipment. (until 1963)
Kiyoshi Ichimura appointed president (until Dec.16, 1968)
Launches the Ricohflex III camera, which spurred the popularization of cameras.
Ohmori Plant opens in Ota-ku, Tokyo, through merger of affiliate companies Asahi Seimitsu Kogyo Co., Ltd. and Aiko Trading Co., Ltd.; camera manufacturing resumed.
Introduced Ricoh's first diazo copier, “Ricopy 101. “
Establishes Japan's first mass-production system for cameras. Awarded Ohkochi Memorial Production Prize for techniques to mass-produce cameras.
Sindo Koeki Co., Ltd., a joint venture, founded in Korea (renamed Sindo Ricoh Co., Ltd. in 1970).
Introduces the “RICOH OFFSET” duplicator, leading to low-cost high-volume copying in the office.
Osaka Plant opens in Ikeda, Japan to manufacture sensitized paper.
Numazu Plant, Japan, formed. It features the world's first fully integrated production system of sensitized paper.
Ohmori Plant and General Research Laboratory completed.
Introduces the “Ricoh Auto Half” a half frame camera that proves to be a massive hit
Founded Ricoh Industries, U.S.A., Inc.
Changes corporate name to Ricoh Company, Ltd.
Ricoh (Europe) S.A. established in Switzerland. (running until 1971)
Taiwan Ricoh Co., Ltd. founded in Taiwan.
Introduces the “Ricopy BS-1” as its first electrostatic copier
Tohoku Ricoh Co., Ltd. established in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.
Sohka Ricoh Co., Ltd. founded in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. (renamed Ricoh Tokki Co., Ltd. in 1972, and then Ricoh Unitechno Co., Ltd. in 1990).
Founder and President Kiyoshi Ichimura passes away (16th).
Jan. 30, 1969
Mikio Tatebayashi appointed president (until Oct. 22, 1976).
Ricoh of America, Inc. established in New Jersey (running until 1984), through integration of New York office and Ricoh Industries U.S.A., Inc.
Ricoh Pavilion appears at Japan Expo '70 with theme "Better Vision for Humanity".
Ricoh introduces the “RICOM 8”, the first office computer.
Atsugi Plant, Japan founded as key manufacturing base for business machines and communication and information systems.
Total Quality Control campaign introduced.
Ricoh Nederland B.V. established in Holland (renamed Ricoh Europe B.V. in 1986).
Ricoh launches the “RICOH PPC900”, its first dry-electrostatic-transfer plain-paper copier.
Ricoh Electronics, Inc. (REI) founded in the USA.
"RIFAX 600S", first high-speed facsimile machine for offices, succeeds in transmission between Tokyo and New York via satellite communications.
Hasama Tohoku Ricoh Co., Ltd. founded (renamed Hasama Ricoh, Inc. in 1977)
Rapifax Corp. established in the USA for marketing of facsimiles (renamed Rapicom, Inc. in 1978).
Ricoh Optical Industries Co., Ltd. founded in Iwate Prefecture, Japan.
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.
Establishes the Environmental Promotion Section
“RIFAX 600S” plays active role in Montreal Olympic Game.
Ricoh Credit Co., Ltd. established. (renamed Ricoh Lease Co., Ltd. in 1984)
The corporate headquarters completed and opens at Aoyama, Tokyo.
Ricoh introduces the acronym OA, for office automation, at CeBIT in Hannover.
Ricoh Deutschland GmbH established in Germany. Construction of Numazu R&D Center completed in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.
Ricoh Business Machines, Ltd. founded in Hong Kong (renamed Ricoh Hong Kong Ltd. in 1987).
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 (renamed Chemical Products R&D Center in 1990).
Ricoh begins marketing Ricoh brand dry PPCs in Europe.
Service Parts Center established in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.
Fukui Plant, Japan, founded for production of sensitized paper.
Ricoh introduces the “RICOPY FT4060”, the first dry-toner plain-paper copier.
Hatano Plant begins operations in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.
Ricoh introduces the “RICORE 3000”, a digital document processor.
Takeshi Ouye appointed chairman and Hiroshi Hamada president.
Ricoh launches the “RICOH LP4120” laser printer.
Ricoh launches the “RIFAX 1300”, a first plain-paper facsimile machine.
Ricoh UK Products Ltd. founded.
The “RIFAX 1300HS” awarded Nikkei Product Excellence Prize.
Mar. 31, 1984
Chairman Takeshi Ouye passes away.
Ricoh introduces the "RICOH COLOR 5000", the first analog color copier.
Ricoh awarded Ohkochi Memorial Production Prize for development of multi-product production system for plain-paper copiers.
Ricoh develops speech recognition and optical character recognition technology.
Ricoh opens Gotemba Plant, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.
Ricoh founds Ricoh Research and Development Center in Yokohama in commemoration of 50th year of operations.
Ricoh France S.A. established.
Releases the IMAGIO 320 office-use digital copier
The “OHP313R” awarded Good Design Grand Award.
Ricoh Microelectronics Co., Ltd. founded in Tottori Prefecture, Japan, for cutting-edge FA manufacturing of electronic circuit parts.
Ricoh opens Yashiro Plant for manufacturing electronic devices in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.
Ricoh launches the “RIFAX D7000”, the world's first ISDN G4 digital facsimile machine.
Ricoh signs a contract of the Worldwide Sponsorship in facsimile machine category for 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.
Construction of Ricoh Electronics, Inc. Georgia Plant completed in the suburbs of Atlanta, the fourth of its kind in the USA.
Ricoh Italia S.p.A. established.
Introduces ARTAGE 8000, Ricoh’s first digital color copier
Establishes the Environment Administration Office (Integrates the functions of the Environmental Promotion Section and the Environment Administration Office to establish the Corporate Environment Office in April, 1998 and the name was changed to the Corporate Environment Division in April, 2001.)
Ricoh Asia Industry (Shenzhen) Ltd. (RAI) founded in China.
Dong Guan Tailien Optical Co., Ltd. opens in Shenzhen, China, to manufacture parts for compact cameras.
Ricoh California Research Center develops world's fastest color imaging compression algorithm.
Ricoh completed setting up the Ricoh's Olympic Fax Network to connect International Olympic Committee (IOC) to Olympic Family.
Ricoh General Principles on the Environment enacted to clarify Ricoh Group's position on environmental preservation.
Ricoh Industrie France S.A. established as a thermal paper plant
Construction of OPC system completed at Ricoh Numazu Plant, Japan.
Ricoh UK Products Ltd. (RPL) becomes first recipient of Queen's Award for Environmental Achievement.
Ricoh UK Products Ltd. (RPL) receives Highly Recommended prize from European Better Environment Awards for industry for its chlorofluocarbon-free recycling system.
Ricoh starts nationwide development of remote diagnostic service for copiers in Japan.
Ricoh wins top award from Japan's Ministry of International Trade and Industry for environmental activities, product assessment and recyclable design
Ricoh Corporation acquires Savin Corporation.
Launches the Ricoh DC-1, Ricoh’s first digital camera
The “RICOH R1” awarded Camera Grand Prix '95 Special Prize in Japan.
Ricoh acquires Gestetner Holdings PLC of United Kingdom (renamed NRG Group PLC in 2001).
Gotemba Plant, Japan, obtains ISO/DIS 14001 certification, international standard for environmental management.
Hiroshi Hamada appointed chairman and Masamitsu Sakurai president.
Environmental Protection Agency of United States awards Ricoh Corporation with ENERGY STAR Award (for five consecutive years until 2000).
Ricoh inaugurates Aficio as unified global brand for Ricoh products.
Launches the imagio MF200, low-priced, space-saving digital copier
Ricoh launches production of CD-RW discs.
Ricoh Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. established in Singapore.
Ricoh establishes Ricoh Kanto Recycling Center to disassemble and separate recycled PPCs for energy reduction and recycling.
Ricoh Silicon Valley, Inc. founded in California (renamed Ricoh Innovations, Inc. in 2000).
“RIFAX BL110 Shataro2” facsimile machine awarded Japan Machinery Federation President's Award at 18th Energy Saving Excellent Awards.
Ricoh Asia Indutry (Shenzhen) becomes first Japanese-owned facsimile machine manufacturer to reach 1,000,000-unit production mark.
Ricoh awarded first place in second annual Environmental Management Survey by Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Japan's top business daily (receives for three consecutive years until 2000).
Ricoh Technosystems Co., Ltd. formed by merge Ricoh Technonet Co., Ltd. (Tokyo, Osaka) and Ricoh Information Systems Co., Ltd.
Ricoh awarded Minister of International Trade and Industry Prize in eighth annual Global Environment Awards from Japan Industrial Journal.
Ricoh receives Japan Quality Award.
Construction of Ohmori Office completed as developmental base for imaging technology.
Ricoh awarded the Keidanren Chairman's Prize at the 9th Global Environmental Awards. The Ricoh Group Environmental Report 1999 wins Best Report.
Ricoh acquires Lanier Worldwide, Inc. (headquarters: Atlanta), an OA equipment marketing company in the US.
Ricoh receives Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award for the advanced environmental friendliness of the "imagio Neo 350 series".
Inaugurates the Ichimura Nature School Kanto for youth education and development
Ricoh announces its participation in the UN Global Compact.
Ricoh ranked first in the world for corporate responsibility rating by Oekom Research AG of Germany.
Ricoh China Co., Ltd. established in Shanghai as a regional Headquarters in China.
President Sakurai honored with a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) from the British government.
Ricoh Group receives Gold Medal from World Environment Center (WEC).
Lanier Worldwide, Inc. of the US (a Ricoh company) receives first J.D. Power and Associates Award for office automation for two consecutive years.
Ricoh Software Research Center (Beijing) Co. Ltd. established.
Shanghai Ricoh Digital Equipment Co. Ltd. established.
Ricoh acquires Hitachi Printing Solutions, Ltd. (renamed Ricoh Printing Systems, Ltd.) in a first step toward entering the production printing business.
Ricoh Software Inc., consolidating five domestic software R&D subsidiaries, established.
Ricoh given a AAA environmental rating by Tohmatsu Evaluation and Certification Organization.
Ricoh Global Services was established in all five regions to support our Global Major Account customers.
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” 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.
Ricoh signs an Official Partner Agreement with the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Janan.
Major 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 Design Certification.
Shiro Kondo appointed President and CEO. Masamitsu Sakurai becomes Chairman.
Ricoh Corporation, USA, renamed “Ricoh Americas Corporation”.
Apr. 24, 2007
Masamitsu Sakurai appointed Chairman of the KEIZAIDOYUKAI (Japan Association of Corporate Excutives).
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.
Masamitsu 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 enters the color Print-On-Demand market and introduces a color producton printer, “the Ricoh Pro C900”.
Ricoh acquires US based IKON Office Solutions, Inc. a major office equipment distributor.
Releases Ricoh’s first reconditioned digital full-color MFPs, the “imagio MP C3500RC/C2500RC series”
Ricoh Manufacturing (Thailand) Ltd. begins operations.
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.
The “GXR” world’s first interchangeable unit camera released.
Ricoh Institute of Sustainability and Business Opens.
Sets up a 100% solar-powered electronic billboard in New York’s Times Square.
Ricoh Japan Corporation is established by integrating seven domestic sales companies in Japan.
Ricoh enters the Unified Communication System Business.
Ricoh starts a global strategic alliance with Heidelberg in the graphic arts field.
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.”
Ricoh installs a 100% solar-powered electronic billboard in London.
Ricoh installs a 100% solar-powered electronic billboard in Sydney.
Ricoh is recognized as one of the “World’s Best Companies in Social and Environmental Performance” by oekom research AG, Germany.
Establishes PENTAX RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
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.
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)
Selected as the “world's best performing business for sustainability performance in the IT industry” by Oekom Research AG.
Establishes Ricoh Innovations Private Limited, an IT-focused R&D facility
Unveils New Global Brand Message: “imagine. change.”
Ricoh provides Solutions and Services at the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group.
Endorses “The Carbon Price Communique” Joint declaration on Climate Change.
Ricoh is selected as one of the “2012 Top 100 Global Innovators List” by Thomson Reuters, one of the world's leading sources of intelligent information for businesses and professionals.
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.
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.
Launches RICOH THETA, the world’s first imaging device that captures fully spherical views. *
*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).
RICOH MP C6003/C5503/C4503/C3503/C3003 Series, digital MFPs wins the Energy Conservation Center Chairman Award.
The Ichimura Nature School Kanto receives “Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Prize.”
Ricoh listed for the 11th consecutive year in the “FTSE4Good Index Series,” a globally recognized corporate social responsibility standard.
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.
RIFAX 600S selected as one of “Essential Historical Materials for Science and Technology” by the National Museum of Nature and Science in Japan
Launches the additive manufacturing (AM) business
RICOH MP C2503/C1803 series awarded “Energy Conservation Center Chairman’s Prize” for energy-saving features.
Released RICOH-SV-M-S1, an industrial stereo camera which can take accurate and speedy 3D measurements. (Ricoh Industrial Solutions, Co., Ltd.)
Returned almost 90,000 photos lost and damaged in the 2011 tsunami to their owners through its Save the Memory Project".
Ricoh’s VCSEL receives the Science and Technology Award
Launched "RICOH Advanced Direct Manufacturing Services" responsible for producing parts and products using 3D printers.
Created a novel flexible material "Energy-Generating Rubber" that converts pressure and vibration into electric energy with high efficiency.
Establishes P.T. Ricoh Thermal Media East Asia Pacific, a new company for processing and marketing thermal transfer ribbons in Indonesia.
Opened RICOH Future House, a commercial facility which offers solutions and services for supporting development and growth of local communities.
Received the Nano Tech Grand Prize at the 2016 Nano Tech Awards
“RIFAX 600S” was honored by The Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan as one of the “One Step on Electro-Technology” products in 2016
Entered the healthcare solutions field
Named as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute for the 7th time
RICOH Eco Business Development Center opened
Ricoh Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. awarded by the Ministry of the Environment & Water Resources, Singapore’s highest accolade, The President’s Award for the Environment 2016
Ricoh is recognized for leadership on climate action and is included on the Climate A List 2017 by CDP*
*Carbon Disclosure Project, the international NPO that drives sustainable economies
Moves Ricoh's headquarters from Ginza in downtown Tokyo, to Nakamagome, on the outskirts of Tokyo
Ricoh receives the award as the “Best Company Supporting Environment Caring People” from the Ministry of the Environment Government of Japan for enhancing the development of its human resources to handle environmental issues