MIM's Virtual Breakfast Morning with Ricoh 3D

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Ricoh 3D held a virtual breakfast morning with Made in the Midlands to tell members more about the business, network with fellow members and showcase a virtual tour of their facility. The event kicked off at 9 am with an introduction from the Made in Group, followed by a presentation from Ricoh 3D’s Richard Minifie and introductions from members.

Telford based manufacturer Ricoh 3D has vast experience in end to end 3D printing services and ISO approved manufacturing solutions. With over 80 years of manufacturing skill, their services include SLS, MJF and FDM systems, injection moulding, consultancy, design, material testing, metrology and quality assurance.

The event began with an introduction from CEO of The Made in Group Jason Pitt who spoke to members about new features soon to be introduced to the Group. Jason mentioned the soon to be “Made Futures” festival for members looking for employees with different skill sets, aimed at careers graduates. 

After a short introduction from Mark Dickin, Manager of Ricoh 3D, Richard Minifie, Senior Design Engineer at the business took to the stage to hold a presentation about the company and also showcase a virtual tour of their facility. 

Ricoh 3D is a large Japanese company with headquarters in Tokyo who have a global presence, operating in 200+ countries. The company was founded in 1936 and has 97,800+ employees around the globe. Some of their key accreditations include ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 27001. The company was originally started to manufacture and sell sanitized paper. 

However Ricoh 3D has evolved from its early years and now has capabilities to suit their customer base, Richard said: “Today, our mission is to help businesses transform their processes and become more efficient, productive and profitable by empowering their digital workplaces and operations.” 

After an insight into the history of innovation at the business, Richard then went on to talk about their UK marketplace factory. This includes a Customer Experience centre and Ink Jet Technology Centre. Their core business operations are the manufacturing of toner products, which Richard mentioned: “manufacturing is really where our specialities lie.” 

Ricoh 3D’s aim is to make additive manufacturing a serious tool for mass production through application and development. They would also like to improve accessibility through their online platform and global reach. 

Next, Richard showcased a virtual tour of the business's facility in Telford, from entering the building to showing the different departments. Core business operations take place in the facility such as toner bottling for the European market. Members had insight into the firm’s showroom, production and material testing lab. 

Finishing off the event members were then given the opportunity to introduce themselves and their companies in a 30-60 pitch. This was followed by smaller networking sessions for 30 minutes. 

Missed the event? You can watch it back by logging into the backend of your microsite and heading to “Virtual Events”. 


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