Ricoh will continue to work with Tokyo Steel to improve the material properties of the recycled steel, with an eye to greater application in more advanced techniques such as deep drawing, noting, “If we are to continue using limited resources into the future, we need to start using steel sheets made of steel scrap and produced in electric furnaces for all possible applications.” The company has set a target for reducing the amount of resources it obtains from the Earth by 25 percent by 2020 and by 87.5 percent by 2050 (compared with 2007). Towards this end, it’s taken various initiatives, such as downsizing products, developing renewable resources like biomass, and recycling resources.
This is a good deal for the planet and we thank Ricoh for it. However, we can remember back in the day when Ricoh had adapters A,B,C,D,EE,F,AARGH etc. to tie all the all the options together, the installer routinely left with several paper boxes full of sheet-metal plates and screws to dispose of.