Ricoh Company Ltd was established in 1936 to specialise in the production of sensitised paper. At the time it had a small workforce and a single manufacturing plant based in Japan.
Today the Ricoh Group has around 110,000 employees and 230 subsidiaries including research institutes and manufacturing plants across the globe.
The Ricoh Group provides an array of office imaging equipment (Multi Function Printers, copiers, laser printers, digital duplicators, facsimile, scanners, related parts & supplies, services, support and software), production printing (cut sheet printer, continuous feed printer, related parts & supplies, services, support and software), network system solutions, industrial products (thermal media, optical equipment, semiconductor devices and electronic components) and digital cameras.
Ricoh UK Products Ltd (RPL) was established in Telford in 1983 as the first European production subsidiary of Ricoh Company, Japan.
Production began in 1985 with the opening of our Selenium Drum plant and Toner production facility. Copier production followed in May 1986 and our product portfolio continued to grow with the introduction of Machine Recycling (1993), Supplies Recycling, Moulding, Solution Business, Production Printer (2008) and the European Media Qualification Centre. Selenium drum was replaced by OPC in 1997 and finally came to a close in 2010.
In 2014 Project Darwin saw the realignment of Ricoh's European manufacturing activities, removing duplication across the European factories. For RPL this resulted in a significant change:
- The establishment of Ricoh European Production Centre in the Netherlands as the centre of all MFP configuration across Europe.
- The transfer of RPL's supplies recycling and full toner production activities to Ricoh Industry France (RIF).
- The transfer of RIF's toner bottling and moulding activities to RPL (this saw RPL1 transformed from a toner plant to a moulding and bottling facility).
- RPL Stirling (formally known as GRAM) joined the RPL group.
2014 also saw the launch of RPL's Customer Experience Centre in RPL2 and the introduction of Inkjet & Additive Manufacturing.