In 1984, OKI established itself in Europe located in Düsseldorf as part of the OKI group's globalisation strategy.
At this time OKI's core printer business was centred around Dot Matrix printers.
These ribbon based impact printers were and continue to be so robust, they work in any environment, go on for several years and are still a core part of OKI's business today.
The group was determined to achieve its vision of globalisation and the purchase of Technitron, a trading company specialising in processing equipment, signified OKI’s clear strategy for global expansion into Europe.
Through this purchase, OKI absorbed the sales subsidiaries of Technitron in 7 European countries – Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the UK.
This new network covered 80% of printer sales in Europe, making it a fundamental turning point for OKI’s position in the printer market and was to become the company’s most phenomenal area of expansion and success to date.
From this expansion OKI’s printer business continued to grow from strength to strength and today OKI Europe has operations in 23 countries within EMEA and is celebrating three decades of innovation including the ground-breaking launch of Europe’s first LED printer in 1989 and several more ground-breaking ‘industry firsts'.