R&D to Resolve Social Issues

DNP creates new technologies by synergizing the basic technologies of Printing & Information (P&I) that it has cultivated over the years and by collaborating with many partners. This page introduces examples of R&D and applied technologies in the four growth areas that DNP is focusing on.

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Knowledge and Communication

A future where people worldwide can expand opportunities for safe and secure communications and share and inherit knowledge

IoST (Internet of Secure Things) technology

With the spread of the Internet of Things (IoT), the importance of information security for IoT devices is growing, and DNP is leveraging the technology it has cultivated in smart cards to solve social issues related to information security under the concept of "IoST" (Internet of Secure Things®).

IoST (Internet of Secure Things) technology

Organic EL display film technology

OLED displays have drawbacks such as reduced contrast under conditions of reflected sunlight and other external light and color changes when viewed from oblique angles. DNP's special optical film was developed to eliminate these drawbacks. The film is the first product realized through DNP's proprietary special liquid crystal materials and precision coating technology, and is known as "retardation film" for OLED displays.

Organic EL display film technology

Face recognition multi-channel platform

Through the face recognition multi-channel platform, DNP aims to create an environment that facilitates "empty-handed" and "speedy" use of services in daily life by storing facial images for identity authentication registered with the consent of the individual on a common server and utilizing them openly across industries.

Store DX

DNP's concept of "Store DX" supports the digital transformation of retailers and manufacturers by seamlessly connecting in-person and digital communication between consumers and businesses in homes, on the streets and in shops. It can be used to discover what consumers truly need and maximizes the customer experience (CX) value of shopping.

Food and Healthcare

A future where people around the world no longer have anxieties about their own lives and can lead lifelong safe, secure and high-quality lives

Medical data processing technology

DNP uses its strengths in image processing technology to develop image processing LSIs and other products that recreate natural and easy-to-see colors and correct distorted images. In the medical field, DNP has been working with Tokyo Medical and Dental University on the R&D of image analysis technology to identify the causes of pathological myopia, which is common among Japanese people, based on MRI images of the eye. Medical image processing utilizes the advanced information processing technology cultivated to date by DNP in the printing industry.

Medical data processing technology

Eco-friendly packaging

We have developed and deployed eco-friendly packaging, which provides society with three values for food and pharmaceutical packaging: CO₂ reduction, resource circulation and preservation of the natural environment. By promoting the use of renewable resources and recycling, we are helping to realize a recycling-oriented society and reduce environmental impact.

Lifestyle and Mobility

A future that safely and securely protects all living spaces and where people worldwide can be mobile as they lead their lives

EB(Electron Beam) technology

Electron beam technology, one of DNP's core technologies, instantly improves the durability of resins and coating films by irradiating them with an electron beam, and is used to create decorative sheets for building materials that are resistant to scratches, abrasion and stains. In response to a growing awareness of the need to protect the global environment, DNP develops decorative sheets for floors that use environmentally friendly resin film.

EB(Electron Beam) technology

Smart city / MaaS

DNP has proposed the idea of a "Mobility Port," a city interface that can be accessed by all residents without dividing the community, in order to create more livable cities and revitalize communities through MaaS. Mobility Port is a connection and transfer point for new modes of transportation using the "Digital Key Platform" and "NFC Authentication Technology", as well as a new kind of infrastructure for the city that supports the lifestyles of residents and promotes sustainable interaction and social participation.

Environment and Energy

A sustainable future that reduces environmental impacts and enables people worldwide to co-exist harmoniously with the earth

Battery pouches

In the late 1990s, DNP successfully commercialized battery pouches in the form of lithium-ion battery packs. Since that time, we have strived to make these products thinner while adding functionality through coatings, and by using exterior materials for lamination. DNP's battery pouches have a beautiful smooth surface. This is important from an aesthetic viewpoint, but also from the viewpoint of safety. We perform thorough visual inspection, as any small flaw must be identified in order to safely contain the dangerous contents of batteries. From this perspective, our battery pouches are well regarded by our clients.

Vacuum insulation technology

This technology is used to produce a film with low gas permeability by utilizing the characteristics of a vacuum state, which is not amenable to heat conduction or convection, while a laminating technology is used to uniformly laminate different materials and confer impressive heat insulation properties upon them. DNP's vacuum insulation panels, which use this technology, achieve the same performance as conventional insulation materials such as glass wool, but at approximately 1/20 the thickness.