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40 At 40: A Look At Pioneering IT Companies Founded In 1982 And Before

Rick Whiting

As part of CRN’s 40th anniversary this year, here’s a look at 40 companies across the IT industry that have been around as long as CRN – and in many cases much longer.

Ricoh

Japanese multinational imaging and electronics company Ricoh began in 1936 as Riken Kankoshi Co., the sensitized paper division split off from Rikagaku Kogyo, according to a company history. The company changed its name to Riken Optical Co. in 1938 and adopted the Ricoh Co. name in 1963.

While the company has manufactured products as diverse as cameras and watches, Ricoh’s focus throughout its history has largely been on copiers, printers and other office automation products. Those include the Ricopy BS-1 electrostatic copier in 1965, the RICOM 8 office computer in 1971 and the RIFAX 600S fax machine in 1973.

More recently Ricoh, including its Ricoh USA subsidiary, has been expanding into information management and digital services including managed print and document outsourcing, cloud and IT infrastructure services, business process automation, and remote/hybrid work collaboration and communications.

 
Rick Whiting

Rick Whiting has been with CRN since 2006 and is currently a feature/special projects editor. Whiting manages a number of CRN’s signature annual editorial projects including Channel Chiefs, Partner Program Guide, Big Data 100, Emerging Vendors, Tech Innovators and Products of the Year. He also covers the Big Data beat for CRN. He can be reached at rwhiting@thechannelcompany.com.

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