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West Caldwell, NJ, November 24, 2009 - Ricoh Americas Corporation, a leading provider of digital office equipment, today announced that the Ricoh Aficio MP 9001 SP received an overall rating of four and a half stars out of a possible five stars from Buyers Laboratory Inc. (BLI). The Aficio MP 9001 SP exhibited outstanding overall print productivity, including an efficiency rate in BLI’s job stream test that is the highest of similar models tested to date, and very good overall copy productivity, image quality and ease of use.

BLI found the copy efficiency of the Aficio MP 9001 SP among the highest for the group in 1:1 and 2:2 models. Print image quality is very good, including above average ratings for text, line art, halftone range and solids. By default, these devices are configured for duplex copying which is one of Ricoh’s Energy Star features. Ricoh is one of the only companies to support this capability in this way. In addition, a standard duplex single-pass feeder (SDPF) scans both sides of a document in a single pass, and contributed to the device’s outstanding overall productivity for 2:2 copy mode. It also offers standard color scanning, and documents can be scanned to USB and SD cards in both color and black and white. The MP 9001 SP print efficiency is the highest of similarly equipped models tested in both simplex and duplex modes

Finishing options are robust, including two 3,000-sheet finishers and a 2,000 sheet saddle-stitch finisher. A production booklet maker is also available, as is a GBC Stream- Punch III option for punching collated documents in-line. The optional multi-fold unit offers up to six folding patterns such as half-fold, letter fold, letter fold-out, gate fold, double parallel and z-fold.

The 90-ppm Ricoh Aficio MP 9001 is targeted to customers who need to print high volumes with robust finishing capabilities, and who do not want to pay the premium cost of a light production device. This device is well suited to meet the needs of various environments such as Government, Education, Legal, Financial and Faith-based institutions. The 90-ppm model is a new addition to Ricoh’s product line offering speed, quality and robust finishing for all environments. This 90-ppm model is one of four devices that range in speed from 60-ppm to 90-ppm.

“We are happy to receive this rating from BLI because it validates our efforts to serve this segment of the market,” said Hede Nonaka, executive vice president, Marketing & Document Services and Solutions Division, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “This device fills a gap in the market, offering speed and quality as well as finishing capabilities like multifold at a lower price point. We strive to be on the forefront of innovation and technology, and are happy that the advantages of our Ricoh Aficio MP 9001 SP Series were realized in testing by BLI.”

“The Ricoh Aficio MP 9001 performed very strongly in BLI’s field testing, exhibiting outstanding print productivity and very good overall copy productivity, image quality and ease of use,” said BLI Assignments Editor George Mikolay. “The feature set is outstanding, and includes a standard duplex single-pass feeder that scans both sides of a document in a single pass to reduce wear and tear, which further contributed to the device’s outstanding overall productivity when copying double-sided documents. Color scanning is also standard, and robust finishing options make the device suitable for most any production-oriented environment. Add in its competitive price point, and it’s clear why the Aficio MP 9001 is worth a look for those environments looking to print high volumes at an affordable price.”

To learn more about Ricoh’s full line of products, please visit www.ricoh-usa.com.

About Buyers Laboratory

For 48 years, Buyers Lab (BLI) has been the leading independent office-equipment testing lab and business consumer advocate. In addition to publishing the industry's most comprehensive and accurate test reports on office document imaging devices, each representing months of exhaustive hands-on testing in BLI's US and UK laboratories, the company has been the leading source of competitive intelligence for industry professionals on copiers, printers, fax machines, scanners, duplicators, wide-format devices and multifunctional products. The company's databases cover over 12,000 products globally and have a long-standing reputation for being the industry's most trustworthy and complete source for specifications and side-by-side comparisons, all of which are available as part of bliQ, BLI’s web-based encyclopedic resource. Subscribers also have access to BLI's renowned Lab Test Reports, First Look Reports, Solutions Reports, Environmental Reports, news articles and a complete library of manufacturer’s product literature, as well as valuable tools including a Product Configurator and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Calculator.

Buyers Lab also provides business consumers with How-To Guides, a Needs Assessment Wizard and Free Vendor Quotes via its Buyers Lab Advisor website, as well as independent purchasing advice and consulting from its Buyers Alliance procurement experts. Business consumers and manufacturers can also select from a vast array of confidential for-hire private testing services that include document imaging device beta and pre-launch testing, performance certification testing, consumables testing (such as toner, ink and photoconductors) and software solutions and print media testing (including virgin and recycled papers).

For more information on Buyers Laboratory, business consumers should visit www.buyerslabadvisor.com. All others should visit www.buyerslab.com, call (201) 488-0404 or e-mail info@buyerslab.com.

About Ricoh Americas Corporation

Ricoh Americas Corporation, headquartered in West Caldwell, N.J., is a subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd., the 73-year-old leading supplier of office automation equipment and electronics, with fiscal year 2008 sales in excess of $20 billion.

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.

All referenced product names are the trademarks of their respective companies.

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Contacts:Linda MontefuscoNicole Mudloff
Ricoh Americas CorporationPeppercom

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