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BERTL HONORS RICOH AMERICAS CORPORATION WITH PRESTIGIOUS “BEST” AWARD

Ricoh Americas Corporation Receives Accolades for Continued Leadership in Document Management


West Caldwell, NJ, June 19, 2008 - Ricoh Americas Corporation, the leading provider of digital office equipment, announced today that its Priport series was recognized in BERTL’s Best 2008 awards as a top performer in the Best Digital Duplicator Product Line category. In its 13th year, BERTL’s Best Awards recognize the most innovative and highest quality products in the printing industry.

Ricoh’s Priport series sets itself apart from the competition, as it is the industry’s only digital duplicator with automatic duplexing. With simplex and duplex imaging speeds ranging from 60 – 120 pages per minute (ppm), the Priport series is ideal for high volume environments. Among the various characteristics that helped secure the coveted first place spot is the series’ overall image quality, including the fast ink-drying time that allows for cleaner handling of prints. When BERTL tested the Priport series, the image quality of the first print or copy was sufficient for commercial distribution, whereas other products did not produce adequate images until the fourth copy.

“We are honored to have our Priport line of products recognized by BERTL as best in its category,” said Tim Mays, Senior Product Manager, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “We continually strive to create the best products and solutions for our customers and to be recognized by an industry leader such as BERTL supports our goal of providing superior quality products.”

The Priport series’ ease of use and compatibility were additional features that set it apart from its competitors. The Document Server allows for convenient print-on-demand capabilities. In addition, users and administrators can employ a Web browser to access the Web Image Monitor printer home page to check the status and configuration of the Priport device. Furthermore, users can print contents of the Document Server from the Web Image Monitor home page using a Web browser for easy access. The Priport series cemented its first place victory with its high compatibility rate with other products including Web Smartdevice Monitor and HP Web JetAdmin fleet asset and network device-management software.

BERTL's Best honors not only entire product lines as it did with Priport, but also individual devices, software, and utilities. Winners are selected after a thorough testing process by BERTL analysts who distinguish the best products and solutions in the marketplace. Analysts determine the winners by closely evaluating overall performance and features including speed, image quality and ease of use.

About BERTL
BERTL® Inc. is the source for objective, independent product evaluation reports and comparative analyses on digital imaging devices and workflow solutions. BERTL’s evaluation reports, customer satisfaction research, awards and product ratings are undertaken entirely at BERTL’s expense for the benefit of its international subscriber base.

At all times, BERTL’s primary focus is the end user. Covering all major digital imaging manufacturers, BERTL publishes the world’s most extensive Web site of evaluation reports, comparisons data, vertical market research, news and more on copiers, printers, MFPs, production and workgroup scanners, fax machines, color and production equipment and wide format devices. BERTL reports, research and other industry informative services are available in a range of specialized subscription services. To learn more about BERTL, visit www.BERTL.com or telephone 1.732.761.2311.

About Ricoh Americas Corporation

Ricoh Americas Corporation, headquartered in West Caldwell, N.J., is a subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd., the 72-year-old leading supplier of office automation equipment and electronics, with fiscal year 2007 sales in excess of $19.4 billion, a 7.3 percent increase over the previous year.

Ricoh Americas Corporation is a leading provider of document solutions. Ricoh’s fully integrated hardware and software products help businesses share information efficiently and effectively by enabling customers to control the input, management and output of documents.

Ricoh Americas Corporation directly or through its network of authorized dealers markets and distributes products in North, Central and South America.

Information about Ricoh's complete range of products and services can be accessed on the World Wide Web at www.ricoh-usa.com.

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Contacts:Linda MontefuscoMelissa Einfrank
Ricoh Americas Corporation
973-882-2172212-931-6171
linda.montefusco@ricoh-usa.commeinfrank@peppercom.com
 

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