Basic Technologies

Letterpress printing was a state-of-the-art technology in Japan when DNP was originally founded as a letterpress printing firm. Since then, the company has branched out into various businesses by developing and applying printing technologies. The diverse technologies and expertise that underpin our wide range of printing operations and services are highlighted in the following pages through the example of the processes involved in printing a book.

DNP's Technologies Seen through the Printing Process

Printing Process

Technologies used at this stage of the printing process

  1. 1

    Project Planning
    Envisioning what output will be printed

    Project planning and designing

  2. 2

    Information Processing
    Preparing the manuscript for printing

    Information processing technologies

  3. 3

    Film and plate making
    Making a printing plate

    Micro fabrication technology

    Before actual printing, text, picture, and graphic elements are assembled into complete pages (page layout), and they are exposed on a films, letterpress printing is of exception.
    With the advancements in digitalization, direct engraving is carried out with the PC workstation.

    Engraving cylinder with chemical etching

    Technologies used at this stage of the printing process

    Micro fabrication technology

    Using technologies derived from plate making techniques in the printing process, substrates made of metal, glass, resin or other materials can be processed with extremely high precision.

  4. 4

    Transferring ink onto paper

    Precision Coating

  5. 5

    Binding and Post-processing
    Folding, gathering, and binding

    Post-processing technologies

Technologies that underpin the printing process