Ricoh Makes Strategic Investment in Avanti Computer Systems Limited, Bolstering Its Position as an End-to-End Solutions Provider

Ricoh Makes Strategic Investment in Avanti Computer Systems Limited, Bolstering 
Its Position as an End-to-End Solutions Provider for the
Production Print Industry 
Avanti Brings Print MIS to the Ricoh Portfolio 
TOKYO and TORONTO -- (Marketwired) -- 07/11/13 --  Ricoh Company,
Ltd. (Ricoh) today announced that it has made a multimillion dollar
investment in Avanti Computer Systems Limited(TM), a leading provider
of Print Management Information Systems (MIS) solutions for the print
industry. Avanti provides Print MIS software that helps commercial
and in-plant printers streamline their workflow, resulting in greater
productivity, customer satisfaction, and improved profit margins.  
With hundreds of installations throughout the commercial print and
in-plant marketplace, Avanti will now be able to bring its MIS tools,
including job costing, tracking and billing, scheduling, CRM,
inventory management, warehouse and direct mail management, to an
even broader global market. Avanti's core technologies are uniquely
positioned to complement Ricoh's offerings with advanced solutions
for mixed environments with wide format, digital cut sheet,
continuous forms, offset, and fulfillment and kitting operations.
Ricoh is committed to providing printers with alternative solutions
that support open industry standards and connections to key
production print technologies across vendors.  
This is the most recent investment by Ricoh to expand its reach
across the print industry in an effort to ensure customers have
access to the critical information they need, when they need it.
Ricoh previously invested in PTI Marketing Technologies(TM), a
leading provider of marketing automation solutions for both
enterprise users and print service providers. Ricoh is continuing to
make these investments to further enhance the development of new
management tools to help enterprises and commercial printers on their
continued path toward efficiency and growth. 
"Avanti's Print MIS capability is a perfect complement to our
portfolio. In the same way we automate print workflow, Avanti
automates the printer's back office systems: inventory management,
job pricing, estimating, and billing. The investment also speaks to
our "imagine.change." initiative -- by enabling commercial and
in-plant printers to streamline their businesses and seek
efficiencies to lower costs, and improve their bottom line," said
Yasuhiko Hosoe, associate director and deputy general manager, Ricoh
Production Printing Business Group, Ricoh Company, Ltd. "This
strategic move, like our investment in PTI, further demonstrates our
commitment to help companies imagine the changes that they can make
to automate and improve their businesses, and most importantly, their
customers' experiences." 
Ricoh enables companies of all sizes around the world to help expand
their businesses with tools such as data intelligence, document
management software, industry-leading digital printers, and other
solutions -- all aimed to provide them with a sustainable,
competitive advantage. 
"At Avanti, our priority has always been to invest in our people and
our technology, which in turn, provides our customers with
innovative, effective and award-winning software solutions," said
Patrick Bolan, President and CEO of Avanti. "This strategic
investment by Ricoh means that we can accelerate product development
and expand into new markets, and most importantly, ensure that both
current and future customers have options when choosing a Print MIS
system." 
In addition to Ricoh, Avanti will continue to actively market its
products through all channels, including its current partner vendors. 
| About Ricoh | 
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging
equipment, production print solutions, document management systems
and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in
about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March
2013, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,924 billion yen (approx.
20 billion USD). 
The majority of the company's revenue comes from products, solutions
and services that improve the interaction between people and
information. Ricoh also produces award-winning digital cameras and
specialized industrial products. It is known for the quality of its
technology, the exceptional standard of its customer service and
sustainability initiatives. 
Under its corporate tagline, imagine. change. Ricoh helps companies
transform the way they work and harness the collective imagination of
their employees. 
For further information, please visit www.ricoh.com/about/ 
About Avanti Computer Systems Limited:
 In business for over 28
years, Avanti provides innovative, award winning Print MIS solutions
that help the print industry automate all facets of their business
and cultivate a more meaningful relationship with their customer.
Avanti's solutions are the most open in the industry; JDF certified,
fully integrated and extend from web-to-print through to production
and billing. For more information, please visit www.avantisystems.com 
Media Contact:
Tracey Sheehy
Breakaway Communications for Ricoh Production Print Solutions 
Tel: (212) 616-6003
Email: tsheehy@breakawaycom.com 
Media Contact:
Chantelle Bani
Avanti Computer Systems Limited
Tel: (416) 445-1722 Ext 265
Email: cbani@avantisystems.com 
 
 
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