Corporate History

1963-1978

3 | Rapid Progress in Response to Dramatic Economic Changes

 

In the 1960s the Japanese economy achieved dramatic growth. Consumer goods such as color televisions and automobiles came within reach of the average household.
DNP promoted a diversified management strategy that we later began calling, "expansion printing." By developing products that make use of printing technologies in a wide variety of fields, including fabrics, packaging materials, decorative materials and precision electronic parts, we steadily expanded profits.
DNP handled the design and production of numerous pavilions at the "Expo '70" world fair held in Osaka in 1970. The experience gained there served as a springboard for broadening the arena in which the Company's planning department was active. It was also during this period that the Company established sales offices abroad, in Hong Kong, the United States, Europe and elsewhere.
In addition, this era saw the introduction of computerized typesetting systems, which completely changed the processes involved in typesetting. Amid rapidly advancing innovations in printing technologies, offset printing replaced letterpress printing as the mainstream technology.
After going through two oil crises, the Japanese economy shifted to a period of low growth. DNP worked hard to strengthen its corporate constitution by focusing on the three core areas of sales, technology and planning.

Paper cup production linePaper cup production line

Sales department buildingSales department building

Editing equipment in the early days of computerized typesettingEditing equipment in the early days of computerized typesetting

Marblle pattern printed by using Curlfit technologyMarblle pattern printed by using Curlfit technology

1963
Jan.  24  Established Hokkaido Beverages Co., Ltd. (renamed Hokkaido Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Ltd. in September 1963)
Nov. 1  Introduced business unit system
1964
Apr. 30  Established Dai Nippon Printing (Hong Kong) Co., Ltd.
Aug. 20 Acquired Nagoya-based Koeki Printing Co., Ltd.
Oct. 1   Tokaido Shinkansen (bullet train) line opened between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka
Oct. 10   Olympic Games held in Tokyo
    Began printing "Weekly Toyo Keizai" using fully automated monotype typesetting with copy (including Japanese kanji characters) transmitted by means of teletype
   Began producing lead frames
1966
Jul.  Completed Central Research Institute building in Ichigaya
1967
Jul.  1   Established team to plan participation in upcoming World Expo
Sep. 10  Opened Yokohama Plant, specializing in paper containers
1968
Aug.  1   Established Creative Design Center, specializing in planning and production
Dec.  15  Completed construction of sales department building
Dec.  21  Established New York representative office
1969
Mar.  21   Established representative offices in Sydney and Frankfurt
Jul.  10  Established Shikoku Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. now called DNP Shikoku Co., Ltd.
Dec.  Began producing laminated tubes
1970
Mar. 14   Expo '70 (Osaka) held
Mar. 20  Established Dai Nippon Printing (Europa) GmbH, now called DNP Europa GmbH in Dűsseldorf
1971
Jul.  20   U.S.-based fast food chain McDonald's opened first outlet in Japan, in Tokyo's Ginza district
1972
Feb.  9   Established Dai Nippon Gitakarya Printing Co., Ltd. in Indonesia (currently PT DNP Indonesia)
Jun. 1  Acquired Futaba Printing Co., Ltd. and began operating it as DNP's Akabane Plant
Oct. 4  Established CTS Dai Nippon Co., Ltd. Commercialized computerized typesetting system (CTS) in Japan
Dec.  Opened Warabi Plant in Saitama Pref., specializing in business forms
1973
Feb. 21  Opened Sayama Plant in Saitama Pref.
May  Opened Tsuruse Plant, specializing in printing of decorative materials in Saitama Pref.
Oct.  Opened Nara Plant, specializing in business forms in Nara Pref.
   Established framework for mass production of magnetic-stripe plastic cards
    First "oil shock" sparks wild price surges
1974
May 15   The 7-Eleven chain opened its first convenience store in Tokyo
Jul. 12   Established DNP America Inc.
   Began full-scale production of magnetic-stripe bank passbooks
   Introduced “Curlfit” technology for printing on curved surfaces
1975
Jul. 7   Established Manufacturing Technology Laboratory (now called “Manufacturing Technology Integration Laboratory”)
Jul. 19   "Expo '75" International Ocean Exposition held in Okinawa
1976
May 24   Established Dai Nippon Printing (Australia) Pty. Ltd.
Sep.  -   Developed paper beverage containers
    Developed aseptic filling system for single-portion packages of Snow Brand Milk Products Co. Ltd.’s coffee whitener
1978
Jan.   Developed large, three-dimensional holograms that served as prototypes for Lippmann holograms