Tokyo, Japan 114-0002
Sales: $473 million (46,850 million yen).
Major Products: Sheetfed, heatset and coldset offset inks; solvent-based and water-based gravure inks; inkjet inks and dry toners; fountain solutions and printing additives.
Key Personnel: Atsuo Ohashi, president; Kazufumi Sakai, board director; Koichi Ito, board director; Hideharu Igarashi, board director; Kimihiro Enomoto, board director; Akihiro Deguchi, executive officer of Ink Sales Division.
Number of Employees: 625.
Comments: Tokyo Printing Ink Mfg. Co., Ltd. is one of Japan’s leading ink manufacturers, specializing in offset and gravure inks. Outside of Japan, Tokyo Printing Ink has five factories in Japan, and has subsidiaries in China, Thailand and the U.S.
Tokyo Printing Ink enjoyed growth in 2012, with sales increasing 0.4% to 46,850 million yen. In spite of the difficult challenges facing printers in Japan, Tokyo Printing Ink continues to grow through its emphasis on environmentally friendly, UV and functional products.
To that end, Tokyo Printing Ink’s dedication to R&D is paying off, with an exceptionally large number of new inks reaching the market in the past year. Among the highlights are Gaia, the company’s latest environment friendly web offset ink; Zipcure, an energy saving UV ink; News Major Chroma, a high color strength news ink; and a new environmentally friendly non-toluene gravure ink.
Tokyo Printing Ink is making gains in functional inks, launching a functional gravure ink that offers UV ray-cutting, gas barrier and anti-static properties that enhances freshness.Outside of inks, the company introduced Protech, an environmentally friendly dampening solution.