The UK company formed in the wake of Ricoh?s takeover of Pentax on 1 October is to be based at Pentax?s existing offices in Slough, Berkshire.

However, all enquiries relating to Ricoh cameras should continue to be referred to Alpha Digital Services, Ricoh?s UK distributor which is based in nearby Reading.

Alpha Digital Services managing director Frazer Allen told us: ?For the present time everything continues just as it is. There is no change at this stage.

?The only difference is that instead of being owned by Hoya, Pentax will be owned by Ricoh.?

A Pentax Ricoh Imaging spokesman said it was too early to say how the transfer of Pentax to Ricoh will affect staff.

In the summer, Ricoh announced it was set to buy Pentax in a move that will see Ricoh make Pentax-branded interchangeable lens cameras and lenses.

The deal was reported to be worth around £78m.

Pentax Ricoh Imaging UK Ltd is located at Pentax House, Heron Drive, Langley, Slough SL3 8PN.

Pentax Ricoh Imaging Company Ltd, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ricoh, is based in Tokyo, Japan.