Ricoh Copiers Major Impact on the Document Reproduction Industry Spanning 75 Years
Multiple acquisitions and daring risk taking provided Ricoh with access to evolving technology which helped made it the largest copier manufacturer in the world.
Ricoh has an enviable reputation within the ever-changing Document Management community as a leading edge competitor. Ricoh has evolved as a giant of the industry since its beginnings in Tokyo in 1936. It has managed to dominate the copy industry through its many transformations, even having played a part in the primitive duplicating paper era by manufacturing AB Dick spirit duplicating machines, successor to the mimeographing age. CopierArticles.com recently took a look at Ricoh’s interesting history.
Ricoh has definitely earned its reputation for being in the forefront of the international photocopy business. Ricoh produces electronic products, primarily cameras and office equipment, including printers, photocopiers, and fax machines. 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, Danka and most recently IKON. Ricoh’s name was associated at one point or another with other famous brands such as Pitney-Bowes, Toshiba, AT&T, Hitachi, IBM, Pentax, and Nintendo. The EquipmentArticles.com article sees these actions as playing a large role in the company’s climb to the top of the industry.
Ricoh was recognized with the Deming Award, which recognizes corporations and individuals who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to quality control, and whose products or inventions make exceptional advances in the pursuit of quality. Less than 100 select companies have won the Deming Medal. Ricoh was the first office equipment manufacturer to win one. And today, Ricoh is the only such company to have won two.
Ricoh Americas Corporation often wins accolades from its peers as well as leaders in other industries. Computing Technology Industry Association selected Ricoh for the “Certification Achievement Award”. This award recognizes companies that are committed to advancing the application of document imaging by demonstrating dedication to the best practices and industry standards. Gartner Dataquest ranked Ricoh number one in overall color copier shipments in the United States. BusinessWeek magazine ranked Ricoh Company Ltd. among the 100 best-performing technology companies in its “Info Tech 100” list.
Ricoh’s long history in the document reproduction industry, and its commitment to forward thinking technical advances and customer service ensure that owners of their copiers maintain the competitive edge in their industry just as Ricoh enjoys its outstanding leadership in the office copier business.