Ricoh originally started out as a Camera manufacturer RIKEN zaibatsu based in Tokyo in 1936 before producing there first photocopy machine in 1955 – the Ricopy 101. Despite some diversification into computers Ricoh copiers became there primary product. In 1987 Ricoh released there first office use digital copier and embraced the technology from the start. By 1990 they were competing with Canon on colour photocopiers and continued to invest in digital technology and produced a range of laser printers and document management solutions.
From 2011 – 2014 Ricoh announced in a major cuts in their workforce as the photocopier industry declined. The company announced it would shift workers into areas with more growth potential.