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Ricoh secures number one spot in production printing

London, 27 July 2011 – Ricoh Europe has secured the number one spot in colour production printers just three years after stating its intent to lead in the market. The recently published figures from Infosource for production devices/colour press cut sheet, for Western Europe, show that Ricoh’s share of the market in Q1 2011 leaped from 22.2% to 33.1%.[1]

“Print service providers in the commercial and corporate sectors have confirmed Ricoh as their brand of choice,” says Peter Williams, Executive Vice President and Head of the Ricoh Production Printing Business Group, Ricoh Europe.  “The Ricoh Pro C900, combined with our service ethic and Ricoh Business Driver Programme, proved to be an ideal asset in the print room. The launch of the Ricoh Pro C901 Graphic Arts Edition has further accelerated sales, especially within the commercial printing sector.”

Ricoh customer, Thomas Wiesinger, managing director of Wiesinger Media, operates six print shops inGermany. He says, “We chose the Ricoh Pro C901 Graphic Arts Edition for its great quality, productivity and excellent registration performance.  Competitive pricing and Ricoh’s customer-centric approach helped seal the deal,” he adds.

Peter Verhoeven, General Manager Prepress4You is based in theNetherlandsand is also the owner of a Ricoh Pro C901 Graphic Arts Edition. He says: “Ricoh has a thorough knowledge of the industry and immediately had faith in our plans. That creates a bond. When we saw the new system for the first time earlier this year, we were immediately hooked. It measures up to the much larger systems in terms of speed and quality, but it is much more cost effective.”

Steve Taylor, managing director ofUKcommercial printing operation Wincanton Print, says, “The quality and stability of the colour output of the Ricoh Pro C901 is exceptional. We are feeding a lot of offset substrates through and it handles them all well.  Clients love it too, and it is opening up new doors of opportunity with them.”

Former offset only firm Ripping Image,London, works in demanding colour environments such as fine arts, and its director Pete Cooper, says: “Absolute colour quality was our number one priority. Our reputation for great colour is important to us. So before investing in digital production colour for the first time, we examined all the main players' products but none could match the offset-like reproduction and colour consistency of the Pro C901. The fact it doesn't slow down for heavier materials is also a huge benefit for us, as well as its smooth integration into our prepress workflow.”

[1] Infosource market share report, Q1 2011.  Figures based on sales by manufacturer from January 2011 to March2011 inWestern Europe in production devices/ colour press cut sheet category compared to sales from October 2010 to December 2010.


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About Ricoh

Ricoh Company, Ltd. (Ricoh Company) is a Fortune Global 500 company specialising in technology and services that transform high volume, document intensive business processes into more efficient ones.  This is achieved through Ricoh’s expertise in Managed Document Services, Production Printing, Office Solutions and IT Services.  By working with Ricoh, businesses can streamline the way they work, become more efficient and profitable, and share knowledge more effectively within their organisations. With a global workforce of 109,014, Ricoh operates in Europe, theAmericas, Asia Pacific,ChinaandJapan.

Ricoh Europe Holdings Plc is a public limited company and the EMEA headquarters of Ricoh Company with operations located inLondon,United KingdomandAmstelveen, theNetherlands.  In the fiscal year ended 31 March 2011, revenues from Ricoh's EMEA operations totalled ¥413.9 billion (approx US$4.99 billion). Ricoh Company's worldwide sales totalled ¥1,942 billion (approx US$23.4 billion) during the year ended 31 March 2011.


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