June 6, 2005

MONTREAL, May 26 /CNW Telbec/

VIA Rail Canada has begun switching to a new generation of office equipment that uses less energy, fewer chemicals and that encourages the use of less paper. Following a public call for tenders, VIA has acquired 75 multifunction printers from Ricoh Canada Inc. The multifunction printers can also copy, scan, fax and e-mail documents. Because these tasks would normally require separate machines, VIA's purchase of Ricoh printers will allow it to streamline its office equipment across Canada from 300 machines to 100, a reduction of two-thirds. The benefits to VIA: lower energy, paper and ink costs, and less waste Says Mike Greenberg, VIA's Vice-President of Environment, Procurement and Real Estate: "Ricoh offered us a business solution that increases the efficiency of our core operations while being more environmentally responsible." The benefits to the environment are greater energy conservation and reduced environmental costs; because fewer machines are needed, fewer are manufactured. Also, Ricoh's productions methods are ecologically friendly. Ricoh is recognized internationally for its achievements in reducing air and water pollution, ozone layer depletion, global warming, and toxic waste. As Canada's national passenger rail service, VIA Rail Canada's mandate is to provide efficient, environmentally responsible and cost effective passenger transportation services, both in Canada's busiest corridor and in remote and rural regions of the country. Serving more than 450 communities across Canada, demand for rail services continues to grow as more Canadians turn to train travel as a safe and convenient travel choice.

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