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

  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

  • Materials Development
    Organic synthesis technology, distribution and mixing technology, color and photosensitive materials and polymeric materials

    Technologies that underpin the printing process

    Materials Development

    Materials development is a technique that synthesizes, disperses or mixes new materials, and a design and manufacturing technology for ink, adhesives, photosensitive materials and coating materials.
    In line with the refinement of printing precision, and product function enhancements, development is carried out from the materials stage in order to obtain the maximum effect.

    • Organic synthesis technology

      A technology for synthesizing organic materials and making them suitable for various products. DNP produces functional materials, e.g. coating materials, photoresist for advanced photomask fabrication, and active pharmaceutical ingredients.

    • Dispersion and mixing technologies

      The functional capacity of materials is determined through these technologies. For materials to function at a higher level, the best combination of raw material ingredients is determined and uniformly dispersed to ensure consistent quality.

    • Pigments and photosensitive materials

      These materials are used for producing colors, and setting shadows and images created by light. Ultra high-quality of mixing technique is used in order to perform photolithography, which requires precision at the micron level. DNP independently develops and manufactures various pigments and photosensitive materials.

    • Polymeric materials

      Along with inorganic materials like metal and ceramics, polymers play an important role in everyday life, and mainly used for plastics and resins. They are the main components of food packages and interior decorative materials. In combination with converting technology, they are used in specific applications, including base material films and optical resins.

  • Evaluation and Analysis
    Analysis planning, analysis technology, process and material diagnosis technology, simulation technology, and analysis information database technology