Top Companies Report

12. Dainichiseika Color & Chemicals


7-6 Bakurocho 1-chome
Nihonbashi, Chuo-Ku
Tokyo 103-8383 Japan
Phone: +81 3-3662-7111
Fax: +81 3-3669-3936

Sales:$200 million (Ink World estimate); $1.92 billion (¥159.2 billion) (consolidated).

Major Products: Sheetfed, heatset, waterless and UV offset, gravure and specialty inks; security and banknote inks; and overprint varnishes.

Key Personnel: Osamu Takahashi, chairman and president; Yoshihiko Takeichi, director of finance and accounts department and director; Koji Takahashi, senior managing director of management strategy and international operations and director; Yoshihisa Makino, managing director of sales department, director of Western Japan sales operations and director; Michiei Nakamura, senior managing director of technology department and director; Shigemitsu Yamazaki, senior managing director of general affairs and personnel and director; Ryuichi Inoue, director of purchasing department and director; Akio Yoshida, director of technology office and director. 

Number of Employees: 2,600 (colorants and printing inks; 3,600 (worldwide) (Ink World estimate).

Comments: A specialist in manufacturing inks, pigments and colorants. Dainichiseika Color & Chemicals Mfg. Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan enjoyed excellent growth in 2010, as its overall revenues grew from ¥143.9 billion to ¥159.2 billion. The company’s profit also increased, which was attributed to reducing expenses.

On the ink side, gravure printing ink was a highlight, with company officials stating that gravure improved solidly as this summer’s heat wave boosted demand for beverage and food-related packaging. Offset printing ink, especially for leaflets and other commercial printed matters, remained solid mainly from the commercial printing industry, showing signs of bottoming out.

The company has 28 consolidated subsidiaries, 16 non-consolidated subsidiaries and 11 associated companies. Outside of Japan, Dainichiseika has set up ink manufacturing operations globally. The company has three ink facilities in China, manufacturing offset inks at Dainichiseika Ink (Guangzhou) Co., Ltd. and gravure inks at Hi-Tech Color (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. and Kunshan Dainichi Chemical Ltd.; Indonesia, making a full range of inks at P.T. Hi-Tech Ink Indonesia; and in the U.S., with gravure inks at Hi-Tech Color, Inc.