Expanding its business based on environmental sustainability, Ricoh Company (President, Corporate Executive Officer: Zenji Miura) establishes “Ricoh Eco Business Development Center”.
Inaugurated on April 15 and commemorating its 80th anniversary, the new establishment is reported to purview on three major functions: the “Reuse & Recycling Center”, which started operation in May last year; “a center for verification of eco-business technologies”, which is already in operation; and a “source to distribute information regarding eco-business activities”. It aims at creating and expanding eco-business towards achieving “eco-management that evolves with customers” targeting eco-business revenues of 100 billion yen in fiscal year 2020.
The center for verification of eco-business technologies
This center will start verification trials aimed at saving resources and creating energy, adhering to energy circulation, and as “the center for verification of eco-business technologies”. The target is to create new eco-businesses e.g. technology to tap-off energy from untapped natural resources, such as waste plastic and timber from forest thinning, or power-generating technology using a small water supply. Beyond this, it will promote its approach to saving energy through advanced technology with experiments that include operating automated guided vehicles using a new style secondary cell, which allows rapid charge and discharge, or researching plant cultivation technology. Positive people-to-people exchanges will be held on the basis of the ‘open innovation concept’ of collaboration between industry, academia and government.
Reuse & Recycling Center
The “Reuse & Recycling Center,” which created a new role for this facility, started operation in May last year and is claimed to rebuild about 20,000 MFPs per year. The reuse & recycling function of OA equipment, which was previously conducted in 12 sites across the country, has now been integrated into three locations, with this center serving as the principal location.
The Japanese Imaging and technology company also asserts that it will further evolve the scope of this “environmental management” and aim to create eco-businesses in a broader range of fields together with customers contributing to achieve a more sustainable society.