Osaka 550-0002 Japan
Sales: $1.297 billion (¥141,825 million in printing ink and graphic arts); $1.383 billion (¥151,198 million) 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 and coatings; UV/EB inks for sheetfed, flexible packaging and metal decorating; inks for inkjet printers, toners and coatings.
Key Personnel: Kotaro Morita, president; Masaki Nakamura, managing director; Hitoshi Nakamura, managing director. Technical directors: Yoshiaki Ueno, director.
Number of Employees: 3,979.
Comments: As Sakata INX celebrates its 120th anniversary, the company enjoyed a good year in 2016, with sales increasing to $1.297 billion, led by growth in packaging and offset inks.
“Newspaper ink sales were sluggish but packaging ink and offset ink sales expanded,” said Kotaro Morita, president of Sakata INX. “In the Asian region starting with Indonesia and Vietnam, packaging ink sales grew. Newspaper ink and offset ink sales also increased in India and China. Against the backdrop of an increased demand and production capacity in North America, packaging ink and metal decorating ink sales were strong.”
Morita noted the company celebration, and looked back at how Sakata INX has grown through the years.
“We marked our 120th anniversary in November 2016,” he observed. “Sakata INX Corp. was composed of only four employees dating back to 1896. Today, it has grown into a global company with nearly 4,000 employees.”
As a result of its investments, Sakata INX will continue to grow. In November 2016, the company acquired Creative Industria e Comercio Ltda, headquartered in Brazil. It manufactures and sells solvent-based ink for packaging through US subsidiary INX International Ink Co. Morita noted that Sakata INX also has capital projects underway in the Asia-Pacific and US.
“We are planning to reinforce our equipment for gravure ink in Indonesia, and for metal decorating ink in Guangzhou, China,” Morita said. “We have plans to build a new offset ink plant in Maoming, China. In the US, we completed expansion of the facility in Edwardsville, KS for UV and EB ink. We also plan to reinforce equipment for newspaper and offset ink in our Shiga, Japan plant.”
As an international ink manufacturer, Sakata INX is coping with the differences in regulatory issues from region to region.
“We are watching the revisions and trends taking place with regulations, and we are developing, manufacturing and selling ink to meet those regulations,” said Morita.
Morita said he is optimistic about the coming year.
“We expect a steady increase in the demand for packaging related and environmentally friendly products, which we have been focusing on in our printing ink business,”
Morita concluded. “In the digital and specialty products field, we anticipate an increasing number of demands for inkjet inks and pigmented dispersion due to the progress of digitization. We will continue to expand sales of printing ink, plus our digital and specialty products.”