July 20, 2018
Ricoh has announced the establishment of a new manufacturing organisation, “Ricoh Manufacturing (China) Ltd.”.
This company will manufacture office equipment at a new state-of-the-art production facility in Dongguan Guangdong, China, and, according to the OEM, forms part of Ricoh’s efforts towards strengthening its global production capability.
The newly established facility will be the central production site for Ricoh’s office printing machines. Ricoh says, “It will also contribute to further enhancing our superior quality by using advanced analytics of sales and production data, and installing cutting-edge robots and factory automation. This will also facilitate efficient production of customised products which is today carried out regionally.”
Ricoh also explains that “by unifying production data and data from the office machines operating at our customer’s locations, we will also be able to further enhance the machines’ quality.”
Moreover, the OEM states, the new factory will be “the most advanced factory within the Ricoh Group” when it comes to environmental performance, contributing to achieving a decarbonised society through the installation of solar energy systems, displacement ventilation systems, natural lighting and natural ventilation.
Ricoh announced its growth strategy “Ignite” in February 2018, and is working towards its three growth strategies: “Evolve MFPs, enhance our operations and secure our customer base (Growth strategy #0)”, “Expand our customer base by pursuing possibilities of printing technologies (Growth strategy #1)” and “Add Ricoh-oriented value to our customer base, and connect offices & frontlines (Growth strategy #2)”.
Ricoh states, “The new company will establish this flagship factory to deliver on growth strategy #0, and by accelerating our digital manufacturing capabilities, it will contribute to increasing business efficiency resulting in enhanced “operational excellence”.”
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