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Ricoh Corporation Wins Readersí Choice Awards From BERTL


Industry Survey Recognizes Ricoh in Three Categories

West Caldwell, NJ, January 05, 2007 ó Ricoh Corporation, the leading provider of digital office equipment, announced today that it has received three BERTL Readerís Choice Gold Awards. Ricoh was recognized in the Color Range, Color Productivity and Third Party Partners categories.

Ricoh was awarded BERTLís Gold Readerís Choice Award for offering an outstanding range of color devices across its printer and multifunction products (MFP) lines. When selecting Ricoh for this award, survey respondents considered a key set of criteria including diversity of color features and quality of prints among its products. Ricoh manufactures advanced color printers and MFPs designed for a wide variety of markets including small to large businesses, government departments and graphic arts print shops.

In addition, Ricoh printers and MFPs were recognized as the Gold Award winner in the Color Productivity category. This award recognizes Ricoh for its excellence in controlling color costs while maintaining high productivity and quality levels. The most effective cost-control tools are those that can be deployed on a network-wide basis and affect users across multiple departments, which is a critical factor for Ricoh when designing their printers and MFPs.

Ricoh was also selected as the Gold Winner in the Third Party Partner category for its relationships with third-party software vendors and extensive solutions programs. Ricohís Technology Alliance program has allowed Ricoh to partner with a number of the top third-party software vendors in order to provide resellers with advanced solutions for their technological needs such as document management, data printing and optical character recognition (OCR).

The BERTL Readerís Choice Awards are conducted each year to determine the most outstanding manufacturers in the digital imaging industry. BERTL readers fill out an online survey to provide feedback on 23 different manufacturersí copier, printer and MFP devices. Unlike other industry awards which are chosen by a small group of industry pundits, the BERTL Readerís Choice Awards are decided by the most experienced and technically savvy equipment buyers and users worldwide.

ďWinning these awards is a huge honor for Ricoh as BERTLís readers are among the most knowledgeable and technologically educated people in the industry. This achievement further validates Ricohís ability to provide quality products to fit a wide array of customer needs,Ē said Ron Potesky, vice president, Corporate Product Marketing, Ricoh Corporation.

About BERTL BERTL published hundreds of in-depth product evaluation reports each year- the most extensive library of information about digital copiers, printers, and MFPs in the world. BERTL is 100% independent. BERTL receives no funding from the industry and all product evaluations and reports are published at BERTLís own expense for the benefit of its subscribers. BERTL subscriber services include LabCheck, which reports on workgroup devices; Imaging At Work, covers high-volume production devices, as well as specialized output solutions like wide format and digital duplicators; and Color At Work, which is 100% devoted to the fast-growing color imaging marketplace. BERTL services also include DataCheck, a software tool that allows users to compare devices side-by-side, head to head, as well as DataCheck Portable, which can be loaded on to laptop computers for remote use. For more information about BERTL, visit or call (1) 732-761-2311.

About Ricoh Corporation

Ricoh Corporation, headquartered in West Caldwell, N.J., is a subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd., the 70-year-old leading supplier of office automation equipment and electronics, with fiscal year 2005 sales in excess of $17 billion, a 5.6 percent increase over the previous year.

Ricoh Corporation is a leading provider of document solutions. Ricohís 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. Ricohís line of document management devices include, color and black & white digital imaging systems, facsimile products, printers, scanners, digital duplicators and wide format engineering systems. Additionally, Ricoh offers a wide variety of document and printing solutions directly and through strategic alliances enhancing office productivity and document workflow. Ricohís document management software enhances workgroup collaboration and offers secure storage, retrieval and sharing of critical information.

Ricoh Corporation directly or through its subsidiaries markets and distributes products in North, Central and South America. For fiscal year 2005, Ricoh Corporation sales exceeded $3 billion, an increase of 8.1 percent over the previous year.

Information about Ricohís complete range of products and services can be accessed on the World Wide Web at

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