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Ricoh Strengthens Digital Workplace Capabilities with DocuWare Acquisition

Today DocuWare announced that they will be acquired by Ricoh. The value creation of marrying a multinational, imaging and electronics company with a leading provider of Content Services software is in answer to customer’s growing demand for workplace digitization.

New Windsor NY, July 2, 2019 – Today, Ricoh has announced a definitive agreement to acquire DocuWare, a leading provider of Content Services software. 

Headquartered in Germany and the United States, DocuWare provides cloud and on-premises document management and workflow automation software to over 12,000 customers in more than 90 countries across the globe through a network of 600 partners.

David Mills, Corporate Senior Vice President, Ricoh Company Ltd, says: “We are intent on building a thriving business which meets the growing need of companies around the world to digitize their businesses and workplaces, wherever they may be. We see a strong demand from our customers to maximize the value of their documents and business content to support their growth. The agreement we have made with DocuWare, which has a market-leading, cloud-first content services offering, is a hugely significant step in meeting that need. We are delighted at the additional capabilities we will be able to offer current and new customers.” 

Ricoh has a long-term existing partnership with DocuWare and employs its software both internally in its own operations and with existing customers. Mills adds: “DocuWare takes the pain and cost out of business processes, helping reduce human error and, importantly, improve business efficiency to free up valuable employee time. Our ambition at Ricoh is to “empower digital workplaces.”  What that means in practice, is connecting people to information faster and more conveniently, improving communication and creativity; the synergy between Ricoh and DocuWare speaks directly to this ambition. DocuWare will operate as a standalone subsidiary of Ricoh and we are committed to maintaining and growing its hugely successful partner program, through expanding its channel network and investing in further product development. DocuWare already seamlessly integrates with our new IM C series of multifunction printers, through Ricoh Smart Integration, providing customers with a simple, secure way of scanning documents and feeding them directly into a highly effective, intelligent workflow process.”

Mills continues: “As a long-time partner, Ricoh understands the power of DocuWare’s channel to deliver document management and workflow automation solutions to customers. Ricoh wants to strengthen and grow this route to market and is committed to helping and learning from DocuWare and its management team.”

Dr. Michael Berger and Max Ertl, presidents of DocuWare, summarize: “DocuWare has a bold growth plan, and that includes enabling current and future partners with leading document management and workflow automation technology. Having Ricoh as a strong investor and owner gives us the certainty that we can achieve our goals and continue to be a reliable, trustworthy and innovative provider for the entire DocuWare partner and customer community.”

Ricoh has been investing in digital workplace services by growing both organically and through acquisition. The acquisition of DocuWare is in line with Ricoh’s strategy to grow its digital workplace transformation offering.

The deal with DocuWare is expected to close over Summer 2019, subject to receiving clearance from the relevant competition authorities in Germany and Austria and completion of other customary closing conditions.  Following the completion of the deal, DocuWare will operate as a subsidiary of Ricoh with Dr. Michael Berger and Max Ertl remaining as presidents. 

About Ricoh

Ricoh is empowering digital workplaces using innovative technologies and services enabling individuals to work smarter. For more than 80 years, Ricoh has been driving innovation and is a leading provider of document management solutions, IT services, commercial and industrial printing, digital cameras, and industrial systems.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in approximately 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ended March 2019, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,013 billion yen (approx. 18.1 billion USD).

For further information, please visit www.ricoh.com

About DocuWare

DocuWare office automation solutions deliver smart digital workflow and document control that set a new pace for worker productivity and business performance. DocuWare’s zero-compromise cloud services are a recognized best-fit for digitizing, automating and transforming key processes. DocuWare operates in 90 countries with headquarters in Germany and the U.S.

For further press information, please contact:

DocuWare Corporation                                                                      
Samina Sabir                                                                                      
Communications Director                                                                 
4 Crotty Lane, Suite 200                                                                    
New Windsor, NY 12553                                                                   
845-253-6784
Samina.Sabir@docuware.com

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Belinda McDonald
Belinda McDonald has worked internationally in the U.S., South America, and Europe, offering her innovative business techniques to Fortune 500 companies as well as SMBs. She has achieved in the manufacturing industry, copier parts distribution, POS printer hardware/software distribution, media intelligence, and marketing. McDonald’s broad industry knowledge, combined with the disciplines learned while earning her degree in Communications from Louisiana State University, has boosted her recognition as a person who has a finger on the pulse of the office technology space. She is the Communication and Events Manager for ITEX.