Accelerates Business Expansion in Asia-Pacific
Mumbai, May 31, 2012
Ricoh Company, Ltd. has set up Ricoh Thermal Media Asia Pacific Private Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary responsible for thermal media and related business, in Mumbai, India on June 1, 2012.
Ricoh is develops, produces and markets durable, high-value-added thermal paper and thermal transfer ribbons mainly used for barcodes which have earned a high share of the thermal media markets worldwide.
RTM-AP will start production and sales of thermal transfer ribbons as well as the marketing of thermal paper through its own distribution network in India to cover the Indian market and the Asia Pacific region in the future. India is one of the fastest growing economies, and the rapid increase in consumer demand and purchasing power is evident from the large number of shopping malls that has sprung up across the country, some of them are on a par with the most advanced markets. The demand, and hence the scale of production of appliances, automobiles and various other consumer durables is increasing rapidly. This has resulted in huge demand for barcode labels, but there is a major variation in the quality labels used even in the best supermarkets.
Yasu Takashima, Managing Director of RTM-AP said, “Demand for high quality thermal transfer ribbons and thermal paper is expected to increase significantly in the future in fields such as foods, logistics, and production management. This leads to opportunities for Ricoh to provide products tailored to specific applications. Ricoh aims to grow its net sales of thermal media business in the Indian market by ten times in three years.”
RTM-AP plans to launch the slitting operation of thermal transfer ribbons, followed by establishing production and sales systems in close collaboration with customers in India in the initial stage. Ricoh is already present in India through its subsidiary, Ricoh India Limited, which is a leading player in the area of Printing and Document Management Solutions. Earlier this year, Ricoh also established Ricoh Innovations Private Limited (RIPL), an advanced IT-focused R&D facility in Bangalore. “Investment in RTM-AP is yet another example of Ricoh’s contribution towards India’s growth story”, says Tetsuya Takano, MD & CEO of Ricoh India, “Although RTM-AP is in a completely different business category, Ricoh India and RTM-AP will explore opportunities to work together in areas which are mutually beneficial.”