The Ricoh Company, Ltd. is a Japanese multinational imaging and electronics company. The company was founded on February 6, 1936, as Riken Sensitized Paper. It was founded by the now-defunct commercial division of the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research known as the Riken Concern.
Ricoh provides imaging and electronics products to businesses, chiefly cameras and office equipment consisting of office products and production printing environments. The company's operations comprise the provision of digital services and products, graphic communications, industrial solutions, and the development of new medical imaging and environmental technologies. Ricoh's main product categories include the following:
- Office imaging products: Monochrome and color digital multifunction printers (MFPs), laser printers, GELJET printers, digital duplicators, projectors, video conference systems, facsimiles, scanners, related parts and supplies, services, support, and software
- Production printing products: High-speed laser printers designed to be used as a central printing device for print-on-demand (POD) large-volume printing. The products in this category include cut sheet printer, continuous feed printer, related parts and supplies, services, support, and software.
- Network system solutions: Customized printing and systems that enable the creation of a networked environment. Products in this category include personal computers and servers, network systems, application software, and related services and support such as document outsourcing services.
- Industrial products: Ricoh's products for the industrial sector include thermal media, optical equipment, semiconductors, electrical components, and measuring equipment.
- Other products: Ricoh's other products include digital cameras, spherical cameras, watches, and financial and logistics services via subsidiaries.
Ricoh also develops edge devices that facilitate new ways of working through connectivity and data accessibility. For the industrial sector, the company manufactures and markets industrial inkjet print heads, inkjet ink, and printers to print a variety of products, such as furniture, wall paper, automobile exteriors, and clothing fabrics. Ricoh also produces automotive stereo cameras and automotive precision machined parts utilizing its proprietary optical and image processing technologies. In addition, Ricoh produces thermal paper and thermal media for food labels, clothing tags, tickets, and handy terminal paper for commercial applications.