The founder of RISO, Noboru Hayama, chose the name of his company for a good reason. It’s Japanese for “ideal.”
RISO strives to create fundamentally unique new technologies in paper-based communication through an approach that emphasizes productivity, cost containment, and versatility. Every product we manufacture delivers these benefits in a balance that offers the ideal solution to our customers.
At the same time, RISO carries on a tradition of caring for the world at large through our environmental and community support programs. Just as we are committed to delivering the ideal products and service, we strive to be an ideal corporate citizen in every country in which we conduct business.
In 2016, RISO, Inc. celebrates its 30th anniversary in the U.S. RISO’s tradition of innovation in both technology and service continues to fuel the expansion of our product line and our base of loyal customers.
Since RISO was founded in Tokyo in 1954, our company has thrived on creativity. RISO has repeatedly developed the world’s best solutions to a variety of specialized sectors in document printing and duplicating. We are still the world leader in digital duplicating technology, and we are rapidly building our market share in digital laser and inkjet printing solutions for business. RISO products are now sold in over 150 countries.
The United States Headquarters is located in Burlington, Massachusetts. You’ll find our solutions in the most demanding business environments across the globe.
Noboru Hayama opens Riso-sha, a mimeographic printing shop, in Tokyo.
Company name changes to RISO Printing Company.
RISO imports the first type printing equipment in Japan from the United Kingdom.
Company name changes to RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION (“Ideal Science”).
Kasumigaura Plant completed, starts operations in August.
Sales offices open in Sapporo, Sendai, Nagoya, Osaka, Hiroshima, and Fukuoka.
First Print Gocco model, the B6, marketed.
First Printer-Duplicator model, the AP7200, marketed.
Tsukuba Plant starts operations.
RISO Educational Foundation established.
RISO, Inc., the first overseas subsidiary, established in the United States. Ube Plant completed.
First digital Printer-Duplicator model, the Digital 007, marketed.
RISO EUROPE LTD. established in the United Kingdom.
Listed over the counter in Japan.
RISO (Deutschland) GmbH established.
RISO Publisher System introduced.
RISO FRANCE S.A. established.
RISO (U.K.) LTD. established.
RISO IBERICA S.A. established.
RISO HONG KONG LTD. established.
RISO CANADA, Inc. established.
RISO CHINA LTD. established in Hong Kong.
RISO (Thailand) LTD. established. Printer-Duplicator GR series introduced.
RISO AFRICA (PTY) LTD. established.
Printer-Duplicator TR series introduced.
SC3000 series system controller introduced.
SC7000 series system controller introduced.
TM5000 sorter introduced. NC Numbering System introduced. Printer-Duplicator GR3770, the first 600 dpi duplicator introduced.
AR8000 envelope/card feeder introduced.
CR system introduced
SC7700 System Controller , a top-of-the-line high speed RIP that processes data directly to the Printer-Duplicator for fast printing, introduced. Industry-first capability of scanning from any desktop on the network, doubling its value to users.
RISO’s new RP3700 high-speed digital printer-duplicator debuts at Gutenberg Festival.
RISO’s breakthrough Zykros technology enables imaging and printing of multiple colors in a single pass.
RISO, Inc. signed an agreement with Lexmark under which RISO, Inc. will integrate several of the newest Lexmark multifunction printers (MFPs), software developed by both Lexmark and RISO, and RISO’s own printing systems as part of a suite of integrated document management solutions.
RISO, Inc. introduces Solutions Assess Express – A New System that Offers Economical Basic Automated Testing Package For Individual Schools.
RISO, Inc. unveils its new HC5000 Full Color ComColor Printer.
RISO, Inc.,introduces a new series of Printer-Duplicators, the RZ series. The series incorporates the latest in technological advances and breakthroughs in digital duplicating technology.
RISO celebrates its 25th year of selling digital duplicators.
Launched the HC5500 inkjet printer (capable of printing on card stock and envelopes).
Launched the RISO CZ Series. Significant advances made in R & D leading to the launch of the ComColor Product Line – 5 models of High Speed, Full Color, Inkjet Production Systems and commercial-grade accessories.
Launched the ComColor Product Line.
Launched the ComColor X1 Series and new accessories, with enhancements to image quality and productivity.
Launched Print to Mail Solution (Envelope Wrapping Finisher) and Perfect Binder to address specific market needs.
Launched the ME 9450 Two-Color Digital Duplicator.
Launched the SE 9480 High Speed Digital Duplicator.
RISO, Inc. celebrates its 30th year of incorporation.
Launched the ComColor FW series of inkjet printer.
Launched the SF series of Digital Duplicator.
Launched the ComColor GD series of inkjet printer.