Ricoh’s operations in Germany recognised for business excellence

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Ricoh’s operations in Germany recognised for business excellence

London, 19 November, 2010 – Ricoh Europe, a specialist in office solutions, managed document services, and production printing is pleased to announce that Ricoh Germany has been awarded the prestigious Ludwig-Erhard-Preis for business excellence.

The accomplishment acknowledges the excellent results achieved by doing business the Ricoh way – an approach that combines economical, social and environmental thinking. This management philosophy has enabled Ricoh to excel in the areas of innovation, expertise and sustainability, which are consistently aligned to business growth plans.

The Ludwig-Erhard-Preis is awarded annually to organisations and businesses in Germany that demonstrate sustained excellence and competitiveness. Ricoh Germany was awarded the 2010 prize in the category ‘Large companies with more than 500 employees’ at an awards ceremony on 18 November in Berlin.

The expert jury commented on the commitment of Ricoh Germany’s 2,400 employees to delivering office solutions, production printing and document management services to customers. “In particular, by focusing on customer value and more resource-friendly solutions, Ricoh differentiates itself from the competition,” the jury noted.

“We are delighted at this recognition of Ricoh Germany’s efforts to achieve business excellence and quality management throughout the company. We will continue to systematically improve our business processes with our focus always on our customers”, said Uwe Jungk, CEO, Ricoh Germany. This is the second time Ricoh Germany has been successful in the Ludwig-Erhard-Preis, last year winning second place in the category ‘Large companies with more than 500 employees’. Since 2001, Ricoh Germany has been using the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) model for Business Excellence, and it was awarded ‘Recognised for Excellence’ by the European Foundation for Quality Management in 2006.

The Ludwig-Erhard-Preis is the national quality award for sustainable excellence and competitiveness for businesses and organisations in Germany. It is run under the patronage of the Federal Minister for Economics and Technology with the objective to encourage organisations to use integrated management systems. It has four categories: organisations with up to 15 employees; organisations with between 16 to 100 employees; organisations with 100 to 500 employees; and organisations with over 500 employees. More information can be found at www.ilep.de

About Ricoh
Ricoh Company, Ltd (“Ricoh Company”) is a global technology leader, specialising in the office and production printing markets. Ricoh works with organisations around the world to modernise work environments and optimise document efficiency.

With over 108,500 employees worldwide, it operates in Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific, China and Japan. Ricoh Europe Holdings Plc is a public limited company and the EMEA headquarters of Ricoh Company with operations located in London, United Kingdom and Amstelveen, the Netherlands. In the fiscal year ended 31 March 2010, revenues from Ricoh's EMEA operations totalled over YEN 458.5 billion ($4.5 bn) Ricoh Company's worldwide sales totalled over YEN 2,016 billion ($21bn) during the year ended 31 March 2010.

For further information, please contact:
Ricoh Europe PLC
Janice Gibson
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7465 1153
E-mail: press@ricoh-europe.com
Homepage: www.ricoh-europe.com
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