2001-2014 Contributing to Society based on Prosperous, and Emergent Evolution

In 2001, DNP released its "DNP Group Vision for the 21st Century.” The Vision's aim is to contribute to the development of a society based on emergent evolution by combining printing and information (P&I) technologies with knowledge and experience that we have previously accumulated, in order to propose "P&I Solutions."
Since 2000, the Japanese printing industry has been plagued by deflation despite a gradual recovery trend in the nation's economy. With the addition of further pressure from the simultaneous recessions in many parts of the world that followed the financial crisis of September 2008, the Company faced a period of unprecedented difficulty.
As we searched for a way out of this situation, we steadily established systems that enabled us to demonstrate new strengths and to accelerate the pace of business development by means of internal and external collaboration. In 2012, we began public relations activities based on the brand statement, "Today's Innovation is Tomorrow's Basic." We aim to continue developing new products and services that contribute to solving society's problems.

  • Flexible organic EL
  • Public announcement of the DNP Group Vision for the 21st Century
  • Maison des Musées de France
  • Solar battery module
  • The DNP Gotanda Building
    Photo: Kawasumi, Kobayashi Kenji Photograph Office
  • Capillary blood vessel pattern after transfer
  • Package for Japanese-style space food
  • "honto" hybrid online bookstore
2001April 4
Succeeded in developing a flexible color organic EL display
May 13
Released the "DNP Group Vision for the 21st Century"
August 15
Entered the micro-machine (MEMS) processing business
September 30
Developed “FOMA” SIM cards for use in cell phones provided by NTT DoCoMo, Inc.
2002June 25
Collaborated with STMicroelectronics N.V. of Switzerland to establish photomask manufacturing joint venture DNP Photomask Europe S.p.A. in Italy
2003May 8
Completed DNP Sohatsu-no-Mori Hakone Training Center
May 12
Established Maison des Musées de France (now Maison des Musées du Monde) in Tokyo's Ginza district, as a locus for providing information about French art and art museums
May 12
Developed components for solar battery modules
2004May 25
Developed new screen for use with front projectors; sold from September 2005
July 12
In collaboration with Tokyo Medical and Dental University, succeeded in forming capillary blood vessel patterns; entered the field of regenerative medicine
July
Began selling PrintRush self-service digital photo printing systems
2005January 18
Established DNP International Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
February 7
Established and participated in Shared Security Formats Cooperation (SSFC)(Open in a new window) aimed at formulating common data formats for smart cards
March 25
Expo 2005 held in Aichi Prefecture
April 1
Japan's Personal Information Protection Act took effect
November 15
Opened Kurosaki Plant in Kitakyushu City and began producing LCD color filters for 6th-generation products
2006January
Started “Kangaroo Club” back-to-work seminars for employees taking childcare leave
March 8
Agreed to acquire ID photo and related businesses from Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc.
July 7
Completed DNP Gotanda Building
August
Opened Kamiya Solutions Center
October 20
Announced full-fledged entry into e-book production and distribution licensing businesses
October 25
Opened the Louvre-DNP Museum Lab, a joint project with the Louvre Museum
2007January 1
Acquired organic and inorganic photographic chemicals manufacturing and sales businesses from Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc.
February 7
Developed Japan's first packaging for Japanese-style space food
2008June 20
Established DNP IMS Netherlands B.V. in the Netherlands (now DNP Imagingcomm Europe B.V.)
July 17
Established the DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion(Open in a new window)
August 20
Acquired shares in Maruzen Co., Ltd., making it a consolidated subsidiary
2009January 5
Switched from paper to digital stock certificates
January 29
Installed new facilities within the Izumizaki Plant for making back sheets and filling materials used in photovoltaic cells
March 18
Acquired shares in Junkudo Co., Ltd., making it a consolidated subsidiary
June 15
Acquired China UnionPay-brand card manufacturing certification
October 1
Integrated the domestic ink businesses of DIC Corp. and The Inctec Inc. to form DIC Graphics Corp.(Open in a new window)
November 18
Acquired Oguchi Book Binding & Printing Co., Ltd. as a consolidated subsidiary
2010February 1
Established CHI Group (now Maruzen CHI Holdings Co., Ltd.); Maruzen Co., Ltd. and TRC, Inc. became subsidiaries of CHI Group
February 1
Launched "DreamPages" photo book production service
April 1
Initiated a "work-life balance" support system aimed at transforming working styles
April 9
Acquired Intelligent Wave Inc.(Open in a new window) as a consolidated subsidiary through acquisition of shares
September 15
Established DNP Information and Services (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
November 25
Began operating "honto" hybrid bookstore network, providing both paper and electronic books
2011February 14
Acquired China UnionPay-brand card issuer certification
March 11
Tohoku-Pacific Ocean Earthquake
December 15
Capital and business tie up with All About, Inc.
2012April 24
Established DNP Vietnam Co., Ltd.
July 25
Established DNP IMS Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (now DNP Imagingcomm Asia Sdn. Bhd.)
August 9
Business tieup with Nihon Unisys, Ltd.(Open in a new window)
2013January 23
Opened Communication Plaza dot DNP in Tokyo's Ichigaya district
April 26
Opened “The Lab. CAFE Lab.(Open in a new window)” within Knowledge Capital in Osaka
June 5
Opened film packaging plant in Vietnam's Binh Duong Province
July 1
Began distributing DNP's household budget-tracking application, "Receipi!"
July 25
Full-scale start-up of DNP Fine Chemicals Utsunomiya Co., Ltd.
August 23
Established Dai Nippon Printing (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
October 25
Completed construction of DNP Kashiwa Data Center (began operations in December)
December 3
Opened factory to produce transfer printing media in Johor, Malaysia
2014March
Acquired shares in SHUFUNOTOMO Co., Ltd., making it a consolidated subsidiary
August 1
Established a representative office in India
September
Began selling film medium for microorganism testing
October 1
Established DNP Sumai Mirai Lab
October 9
Opened DNP Kyoto Uzumasa Cultural Heritage Gallery(Open in a new window)