Osaka 550-0002 Japan
Sales: $1.225 billion (115,425 million yen in printing ink and graphic arts); $1.306 billion (123,098 million yen) consolidated.
Major Products: Commercial offset, sheetfed, heatset, and newspaper offset inks; gravure inks for flexible packaging; flexo inks for flexible packaging, corrugated carton and paper bag; metal decorating inks; UV/EB inks and varnishes; inks for inkjet printers; and toners.
Key Personnel: Hirotsugu Takamaru, chairman; Kotaro Morita, president; Masanori Kano, senior managing director; Yoshiaki Uesaka, senior managing director; Kotaro Morita, managing director; Naohisa Yasui, managing director.
Number of Employees: 3,385 (consolidated basis); 794 (non-consolidated basis).
Comments: Sakata INX had a strong year in 2012, with graphic arts sales increasing to 115,425 million yen ($1.225 billion), driven primarily by growing ink sales in Asia. The company’s consolidated sales also rose, from 119,571 million yen in 2011 to 123,098 million yen ($1.306 billion) in 2012.
“In 2012, total sales increased 3% compared to the previous year due mainly to the sales of printing ink in Asia,” said Toshihiko Fukunaga, international operations division general manager for Sakata INX. “Our operating income also showed improvement with the sales increase and price revisions.
“Our key market is Asia, with gravure packaging ink serving as the main product as we have expanded sales in India, Indonesia and Vietnam,” Mr. Fukunaga added. “ The other highlight is the profitability improvement we experienced in North America.”
Mr. Fukunaga said that the strongest growth was seen in packaging in developing countries.
“In developed countries, sales in the offset printing and printing ink markets shrank due to the diversification of media and decreased advertising as a result of the economic downturn,” Mr. Fukunaga said. “On the other hand, the package printing ink market continued to be strong with booming demand in developing countries.”
With an eye on further growth internationally, Sakata INX is constructing new facilities around the world.
“We are proceeding with new factories in England and Vietnam, in addition to our production expansion in India as planned,” Mr. Fukunaga said. “Sakata INX Corp. in Japan just began construction on a new factory in Maihara.”
Sakata INX has long emphasized environmentally friendly products, and is ideally positioned to meet increasing regulatory demands.
“We are finding environmental regulations becoming more important in developing countries, so using environmentally friendly technology remains a high priority and will increase sales in a developing market,” Mr. Fukunaga concluded.