RISO France is a subsidiary of the Japanese RISO KAGAKU Corporation headquartered in Tokyo. Founded in 1946, the group specializes in high-speed printing solutions that provide a cost-effective alternative to conventional copying machines.
RISO develops and produces printers, printer peripherals and consumables, employs over 3,600 people across the globe and has a market presence in more than 150 countries. In the last financial year, the company had sales in excess of 85 billion JPY.
The subsidiary company in France is a sales and service operation and has a workforce of 225 employed at the main office in Lyon, 17 agencies across the country and an office in Amsterdam.
“In addition to the French market, we are responsible for the Benelux, the French-speaking countries in Africa and the Middle East,” says Managing Director Fabrice Sposito.
RISO offers two major product lines: ComColor high-speed full colour inkjet printers designed for high-volume business applications and RISOGRAPH digital duplicators using tried-and-tested stencil printing technology.
“Contrary to conventional copiers, our Com-Color series prints without heat, which uses 80% less energy,” explains Mr. Sposito. “The technology is also very robust and exceptionally fast. Our machines can print up to 150 sheets of paper per minute, both in black/white and colour.”
RISO high-speed printing solutions are particularly popular in the education sector. Other customer markets are associations, hospitals, public institutions, large and medium-sized enterprises, as well as copy and letter shops. “Most of our customers have leasing agreements,” states Mr. Sposito.
As the technology leader in cold printing, RISO is determined to further enhance its marketing efforts to raise brand awareness among business customers. The company also engages in high-profile sponsoring activities and supports major sports events or international conferences such as the COP21 in Paris.
“We will provide eight high-performance printing machines for the environmental conference this December to cover the event’s paper and printing requirements,” explains Mr. Sposito. “It is a good opportunity for us to show our technological competence and make a sustainable contribution to an event which is focused on sustainable development.”