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RICOH PRODUCTION PRODUCTS RANKED BEST IN INDUSTRY ACCORDING TO INDUSTRY ANALYSTS SURVEY

Ricoh’s 70 Plus PPM Monochrome Devices Receive High Marks From Print for Pay Customers


West Caldwell, NJ, September 17, 2008 - Ricoh Americas Corporation announced today that its production family of 70 plus pages per minute (ppm) monochrome products were rated best overall by print for pay customers in a survey conducted by Industry Analysts, Inc. These products, marketed by Ricoh’s Production Printing Business Group (PPBG), were recognized by Office Products Analyst, a leading industry trade magazine published by Industry Analysts, Inc., as part of its annual Print for Pay survey.

The annual Print for Pay survey is a culmination of two months of extensive interviews with nearly 250 commercial printers and publishing houses to gauge the products and solutions they use day in and day out. Ricoh had a strong showing in several areas, including Best Overall Monochrome Production – 70 Plus; Productivity, Stability of Connectivity, Image Quality, Reliability, Ease of Connectivity, Ease of Use, and Total Cost of Ownership. The products tied for first in the Features category. The Ricoh production monochrome line virtually swept the monochrome production category, beating out competitors like Canon, Xerox and Konica Minolta.

“Print for pay customers are extremely dependent on the performance and quality of the products they use and therefore are the best critics when it comes to document management devices,” said Andy Slawetsky, president, Industry Analysts, Inc. “Ricoh’s commitment to innovation and its customers is demonstrated by the overwhelmingly positive response to its production printing devices.”

Ricoh’s PPBG specializes in high-volume production devices for in-plant, graphic arts and data center customers. Products include 70+ ppm multifunction products (MFPs) and finishing equipment. While some specific products were not listed in the Print for Pay survey, the production line as a whole demonstrated superior functionality and usability for commercial and publishing customers.

“Ricoh takes pride in creating innovative products that provide the latest technological solutions for commercial printing businesses that depend on productivity, quality and low total cost of ownership,” said Carl Joachim, vice president of Marketing, Production Printing Business Group of Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Being recognized by Industry Analysts, Inc. only further validates the quality products customers have come to expect from Ricoh.”

For more information on PPBG products please visit www.ricoh-usa.com.

About Industry Analysts, Inc.

Industry Analysts, Inc. (IA, Inc.) is a market research and product testing firm specializing in the imaging industry. Founded in 1974, IA, Inc. provides "real-world" third party testing and evaluations, market research and focus groups, from offices in Rochester, New York and Fairfield, New Jersey.

The Office Products Analyst is one of the longest running imaging-industry publications. Published by market research and consulting firm, Industry Analysts, Inc. (Rochester, NY), the OPA conducts thousands of end-user and office equipment dealer surveys each year.

About Ricoh’s Production Printing Business Group

The Production Printing Business Group (PPBG) of Ricoh Americas Corporation is dedicated to delivering state-of-the-art, high-speed production systems that provide efficient document workflows with high-volume production printing and finishing. Incorporating superior engineering, service, reliable technology, and extensive software and finishing options, PPBG helps production centers to cost-effectively modernize and streamline their operations to meet today’s rapid turnaround and high-quality demands.

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 $22 billion, a 7.3 percent increase over the previous year.

Information about Ricoh’s Production Printing Business Group can be accessed on the World Wide Web at www.ricoh-usa.com/ppbg.

Ricoh Americas Corporation directly or through its network of authorized independent 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 MontefuscoAlyson Buck
Ricoh Americas CorporationPeppercom
973-882-2172212-931-6122
linda.montefusco@ricoh-usa.comabuck@peppercom.com
 

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