Since its founding, DNP has applied and developed P (Printing) & I (Information) technologies, providing products and services that meet the needs of society through a broad range of technologies and experience. Moving forward, we will further promote our business—which has already expanded into many fields—and create new value that promotes the growth of society in general.
DNP's technologies are divided into those that form the basis of our monozukuri (quality manufacturing)—microfabrication, precision coating and post-processing—and technologies that support monozukuri—project planning and design, information processing, material development and evaluation and analysis. As each of these technologies expands and becomes more sophisticated, new technologies are born. DNP's technologies that have emerged from the world of printing continue to evolve.
That said, having a broad lineup of technologies isn't DNP's only strength. We also combine our technologies to create products and services with new value.
We often depict these technologies using a "technology tree." The technology tree shows how the printing processes at the roots of the tree develop into technologies and combine with materials—like pieces of a puzzle—to change form and create a range of products.
For example, when creating books, basic printing is combined with bookbinding technology, and then a material is added—paper. Afterwards, by replacing paper with films or metal, and by combining even more sophisticated technologies, we have created products and services including packaging, decorative materials and electronics components.
Moving into the future, we will continue to create new value by combining diverse technologies.
P&I LAB. TECHNOLOGY
The P&I LAB. TECHNOLOGY is a facility focused on DNP's strengths—technology related to P (Printing) && I (Information)—as a starting point for creating new value through collaboration with others.
Taking advantage of this facility, we will continue to promote P&I Innovations that lead to creating new value never seen before, by discussing R&D project visions with outside partners—including our customers—and combining their ideas and technologies with ours to achieve synergies.
Areas of Collaboration
Knowledge and Communication
DNP will provide value for nurturing culture and supporting people's lives through comfortable communications.
Food and Healthcare
As global demographics shift, including the ongoing decline in birthrates in Japan's super-aging society, DNP will deliver new value that helps people maintain their lifetime health and high standard of well-being.
Lifestyle and Mobility
DNP will make new value possible by delivering greater comfort, safety and security in spaces where people spend their lives, including at home, in stores, offices and hospitals, as well as in automobiles and trains.
Environment and Energy
DNP will accelerate the development of diverse products and services toward the realization of a sustainable society that achieves compatibility between economic development and protection of the global environment.
Printing Technology Expansion and Enhancement
DNP’s printing technology originated with the Company’s founding in 1876, just after Japan began to modernize during the Meiji Restoration. Over the next 70 years, the Company manufactured paper-based printed materials, including books and magazines. While Japanese-style washi paper was still the norm at that time in Japan, DNP independently developed necessary materials, including cardboard for book covers.
From there, DNP achieved major breakthroughs in printing technology during the 1950s. Building on the technological advancements made through paper printing, the Company began printing on a wider range of non-paper materials, such as textiles, films, metal and glass, and then expanded and diversified its business accordingly.
By broadening and enhancing its printing technologies, DNP has created products that at first glance may appear unrelated to printing but are in fact rooted in the printing process. This section features part of technologies that DNP developed at different stages of the printing process.
R&D and Intellectual Property
This section introduces the vital research and development at DNP, which has expanded business areas by applying and developing P (Printing) & I (Information) technologies, as well as the intellectual property-based initiatives that support a wide range of business activities.
R&D Case Studies
The following sections showcase case studies of DNP's R&D from the perspective of applying and developing technologies.
DNP Features -People Bolstering Technology
This section details the behind-the-scenes endeavors of our employees who have made breakthroughs in our diversifying business fields.