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Ricoh's Innovations

Our past was built on imagining change, and so will our future

Our mission is to imagine change, to create something different, something better — to deliver smarter ways to work. For nearly 80 years we've been transforming the way people work with breakthrough technologies, products and solutions that help businesses grow. And with our drive for innovation, creativity and ingenuity, we'll continue to help you create a blueprint for success.


The pandemic of 2020 created one of the most challenging business environments. All facets of our business turned attention to helping our customers and our community to find the solutions needed to adapt and keep each other safe.  


Ricoh’s first series of intelligent multifunction printers (MFPs) are unveiled with RICOH Always Current Technology, delivering firmware updates and device feature enhancements on demand.

Ricoh announces RICOH Intelligent Voice Control leveraging Amazon’s AWS Alexa for Business service to bring voice-activated controls to Ricoh’s intelligent devices.


Ricoh named a CES 2018 Innovation Awards Honoree for the RICOH Ri100, a Direct-To-Garment (DTG) printer.


President Obama is featured in his first-ever 360° photo with the Ricoh Theta camera.


For the sixth time in seven years, the Ethisphere Institute recognizes us as one of the world’s most ethical companies.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awards us the ENERGY STARTM Excellence in Energy Efficient Product Design for our contribution to designing energy efficient products and educating consumers about energy efficiency.


We release Integrated Cloud Environment, our expansive cloud services solution, to provide mobile workers with instant, remote access to important content.

Ricoh Canada is awarded the Canada Order of Excellence (COE) from the Canada Awards for Excellence (CAE).

Thomson Reuters names us one of the based on our global portfolio, reach, overall patent volume, grant success rate and influence as evidenced by citations.

Our Unified Communications System debuts as one of the world’s smallest and lightest portable video conferencing systems.

The first biomass toner becomes available as a genuine manufacturer’s supply item.


We are awarded the Gold trophy for the Canada Award for Excellence.


We secure the Silver Award from the Canada Award for Excellence program.

We are named one of the 100 most sustainable corporations in the world by Corporate Knights, Inc., and would stay there for the next 10 years.

The World Environment Center (WEC) recognizes us with their gold medal award for corporate achievement in sustainable development.

Ricoh’s U.S. manufacturing facilities become Zero Waste to Landfill (ZWTL).

The International Energy Agency awards us the Demand-Side Management Award of Excellence in the Copier of the Future division for energy-saving technologies.

We launch the first mass-produced CD-Rewritable drive.


Ricoh starts business in Canada as Ricoh Canada Inc.

The Ricoh California Research Center develops the world’s fastest color imaging compression algorithm.

As the world’s fastest digital full-color copier, the ARTAGE 8000 becomes the mainstream technology for color printing.

We establish the Ricoh California Research Center (currently Ricoh Innovations) in Silicon Valley to develop innovative technologies and create new business opportunities.

We release the first solar-powered SLR camera, Ricoh XR-S.

We’re awarded the coveted Deming Prize for our Wide Quality Control (CWQC) program — the first in the office equipment industry to win. The program went on to win the award a second time in 1979.

We release the RIFAX 600S (U.S. name: Rapifax R100), the first high-speed digital fax system for office use.

Ricoh starts business in the United States as Ricoh Industries, U.S.A. Inc.

We launch our first office copier utilizing diazo-sensitized paper, which earns us a Mechanical Engineering Heritage certificate.

Ricoh Company, Ltd. introduces photosensitive paper.