Ricoh has been named Company of the Year at the Ireland Japan Business Awards 2018, hosted by the Ireland Japan Chamber of Commerce.
In February 2017, the company opened its new Irish HQ in Dublin on the back of a €6.5M investment. This is allowing Ricoh Ireland to more than double its workforce to 190 by 2020 and increase revenues to €32M in the same period.
Akira Oyama, Corporate Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Sales and Marketing Group, Ricoh, said “This award reflects the wealth of symbiotic economic opportunity that lies in Irish-Japanese relations. Since the 1980s Ricoh Ireland has gone from strength to strength and as it grows, so too does the local team’s impact on the Irish economy. We are consistently impressed with how the team there is extending the Ricoh ethos and values to benefit the greater community, too.
In the last year alone, the company has donated €175,000 worth of managed document services technology to Temple Street Children’s Hospital and €30,000 worth of collaborative technologies to FoodCloud, the platform that allows businesses to donate unsold fresh food produce to local charities.
Phil Keoghan, CEO, Ricoh Ireland & UK, said: “This is a tremendous honour for the team in Ricoh Ireland and is testament to the great work that they do not just for the company, but for the community around them.
“Ricoh’s relationship with Ireland started in the 1980s when 34 Irish graduates joined Ricoh in Japan through the Irish Government’s FÁS training scheme. Almost four decades on, Ricoh Ireland has become a shining example of the positive impact that global organisations can have on the communities in which they operate.”
President of the Ireland Japan Chamber of Commerce Paul Gilsenan took the occasion to hail the trading relationship between the two countries.
“Despite their positions on the world map, Ireland and Japan have a long history of doing business together and these awards celebrate that. Companies like Ricoh show that distance is not a barrier to business. It perfectly demonstrates how enterprises in our two countries are working in harmony to benefit not just one another’s economies, but the people living in them, too."