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Ricoh signs agreement with SoftBank Robotics EMEA to support maintenance and operation of collaborative cleaning robots

Dedicated Ricoh repair centre and 24/7 support to help make working lives easier

Ricoh Europe, London, 24 March 2021 – Ricoh Europe has been appointed by SoftBank Robotics EMEA (SBRE) – creators of cobots (collaborative robots) designed to empower people in their work – to support the launch of its smart cleaning innovation.

When arriving at their place of work, cleaning professionals can programme Whiz to perform vacuuming against memorised routes while they focus on more vital tasks. The cobot is suited to busy environments such as hotels, offices, healthcare and airports.

 Dedicated Ricoh repair centre and 24/7 support to help make working lives easier

The agreement will see Ricoh Europe provide a repair service from its dedicated repair centre in France as well as call centre and project management services from the Ricoh Service Operations Centre in Poland. The service will be provided by Ricoh to the SoftBank Robotics’ distributor network initially for 10 European countries with the potential to expand across the continent.

Stefano Bensi, General Manager of SBR EMEA, says: “We chose to work with Ricoh based on its extensive geographical coverage, technical support and customer care capabilities. They will support our appointed distributors across the region in supplying an unparalleled level of service to help meet and delight the needs of their clients. We are seeing an accelerated adoption in Whiz and this agreement is a vital aspect to ensure the resilience of user experience.”

David Mills, CEO, Ricoh Europe, adds: “Supporting the operation and effectiveness of collaborative robots reaffirms Ricoh as a true digital services company. Crucially, it also ensures that innovative technologies designed to make people’s working lives easier and free up valuable time do just that.”

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| About SoftBank Robotics EMEA |

SoftBank Robotics EMEA delivers innovative automation and cobotic solutions to a range of industries in the EMEA region. Our cobots (collaborative robots) are designed to support and empower people in their work, removing the strain of repetitive and time-consuming tasks and enabling staff to focus on higher value activities which makes a real difference to clients.

Within the facilities management and commercial cleaning industries, our automated cleaning products enable contractors to adopt a smarter, more sustainable approach to service delivery, through new technology and agile business models. Our products are designed to free up cleaning teams to focus on added-value tasks, whilst driving greater performance and consistency in specific areas of service delivery.
SoftBank Robotics EMEA is part of SoftBank Robotics Group, a worldwide leader in robotics solutions. SoftBank Robotics is constantly exploring and commercializing robotics solutions that help make people’s lives easier, safer, more connected, and more extraordinary.

For further information, please visitwww.meetwhiz.com

|A propos de Ricoh|

Ricoh est une entreprise technologique mondiale, qui transforme la manière dont les gens travaillent depuis plus de 80 ans. Sous son slogan – imagine. change. – Ricoh continue de mettre à la disposition des entreprises et des individus les services et les technologies qui inspirent l'innovation, contribuent au développement durable et stimulent la croissance des affaires. Parmi ceux-ci figurent des systèmes de gestion documentaire, des services informatiques, des solutions d'impression de production, des systèmes de communication visuelle, des appareils photo numériques et des systèmes industriels. 
Le Groupe Ricoh, qui a son siège à Tokyo, est présent dans environ 200 pays et régions. Pour l’exercice fiscal clos en mars 2017, le Groupe Ricoh a réalisé un chiffre d’affaires mondial de 2 028 milliards de yens (environ 18,2 milliards USD). 
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