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Ricoh Family Group No. 1 in U.S. Digital Copiers

Press release from the issuing company

WEST CALDWELL, N.J.--April 8, 2002--In a recent 2001 U.S. digital black and white copier market report released by Dataquest, the Ricoh Family Group (RFG), consisting of Ricoh, Savin, Gestetner and Lanier brands, maintained the number one marketshare position in segments 1 - 6. The RFG also maintained the number one position, for the sixth consecutive year, in the digital Business Workgroup category, which includes Segments 2-5. In addition, RFG maintained the number one position in the High Volume categories of Segments 5 and 6, and gained the number two market share position in overall combined digital and analog copiers. The RFG has demonstrated its leadership in all of these categories by offering a diverse range of digital imaging products suited for any workgroup environment. These new products included the Aficio 1035 and Aficio 1045 that were introduced in June of 2001. These were the first digital imaging systems to utilize Ricoh's unique Next Generation Architecture technology. This advanced technology offers a new controller platform that eliminates the need for separate controller boards for the network printing, scanning and faxing options. Also introduced in 2001, were the Aficio 1085 and Aficio 1105 high-volume digital imaging systems, both ideal for the print-on-demand market that requires production quality imaging and high performance printing. "Ricoh is leading the digital revolution by offering comprehensive digital imaging products and support to meet the increasing demand for multifunctionality and seamless connectivity in the business environment,"said Jim Ivy, President, Office Products Group, Ricoh Corporation. "Ricoh's Next Generation Architecture and our digital imaging systems have been created to provide customers with a single solution for document management and delivery." Supporting these leading hardware technologies is Ricoh's advanced software solutions, designed to provide customers with an affordable, individualized solution. Ricoh's most recent software offering, GlobalScan, performs as a digital document warehouse that accepts scanned documents and creates, delivers, and stores digital files for electronic transmission over a network. Complete access to GlobalScan's document capture and distribution features can be done directly from a Ricoh Aficio MFP operation panel, providing scanning, copying, printing, and faxing operations all in one footprint. By combining these features in one MFP, organizations can reduce the high cost of multiple desktop scanners and improve office efficiency in document capture and distribution. "Ricoh is committed to providing the answers to our customers' input, management and output needs,"added Ivy. "This can be achieved through a combination of dependable Ricoh office products and advanced software solutions to provide flexibility, efficiency and affordability in any workgroup environment."