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Ricoh Best of Best in BERTL 7th Annual Digital Office Awards

Wednesday, June 12, 2002

Press release from the issuing company

Internationally-Renowned Products Research Firm Awards Ricoh Digital Products WEST CALDWELL, N.J.---June 11, 2002--Ricoh Corporation, the Dependable Digital output company, announced today that it is the recipient of four Business Equipment Research & Test Laboratories (BERTL) 7th Annual - Digital Office Awards "Best of the Best" 2002. BERTL (Digital Test Lab) based the awards on a year-long analysis, from June 2001 through May 2002, of approximately 200 digital imaging products, which included comprehensive testing of product capabilities and feedback from resellers and end-users. Following a detailed review of Ricoh's entire product portfolio, the company was awarded the "Digital Mono Copier-Printer Range of the Year 2002," the top distinction in the overall product assessment by BERTL. Additionally, Ricoh received awards in the following categories: * "Best High Speed CRD/Print for Pay Device" - Ricoh's Aficio 1105 & 1085 have been recognized for their high levels of functionality at a distinctive low price point. * "Most Business Efficient Range of Software Utilities across a Copier-Printer MFP Range" - Ricoh's software solutions, including Document Server, Next Generation Architecture, SmartNet Monitor and Recovery Print have earned top rating in this category for their wide range of capabilities for both walk-up and desktop users and ability to support knowledge workers in achieving increased efficiency with all digital product activities in the workplace. * "Best Copier-Centric Graphics-Arts Device" - The Ricoh Aficio 6513, a complete color digital imaging system for professional use, has achieved a top ranking for its efficiency in high-volume paper management and best-in-class color and image quality, among other features. "We at Ricoh are very honored to receive these awards from BERTL, since they validate our commitment to provide the highest quality digital products in the industry," said Jim Ivy, executive vice president of Ricoh Corporation. "Going forward, Ricoh will continue to be a total solutions provider by offering our customers both the hardware and software products they need to work effectively in today's market." "Ricoh has a knack of delivering a high level of functionality at a price that customers are happy to pay while maintaining strong design and performance standards across most products in its range," said Carmel Rowley, BERTL's CEO. "It is for this standard and the true performance of its products that Ricoh is continually recognized by BERTL." This recognition is one of several other distinguished awards Ricoh has been deemed with over the past few months. The company has also just been recognized with two Editor's Choice 2002 Awards in the Better Buys for Business annual Laser Fax Guide and achieved the top rating for the second consecutive year in the End User's Facsimile Survey by Industry Analysts in Rochester, NY. For more information on these awards and to view more than 800 published "LabCheck" reports by BERTL (Digital Test Lab), please visit www.BERTL.com.




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