Dai Nippon Printing and SCIVAX Enter into Capital and Operational Alliance in Foundry Business for Mass-production of Nanoimprinted Products

New joint venture will conduct production control

Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
SCIVAX Co., Ltd.

Tokyo, April 3, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP) and SCIVAX Co., Ltd. have entered into a capital and operational alliance regarding a foundry business designed to mass-produce nanoimprinted products. A production control joint venture, Nanoimprint Solutions Co., Ltd., (Nanosol) was established on April 3, 2023.

DNP will become a shareholder of SCIVAX following a stock transfer of part of SCIVAX's shares. Our two companies will combine such strengths as the mass production know-how of DNP with the mass production facilities held by SCIVAX to meet the needs of domestic and overseas manufacturers for the mass production of nanoimprinted products. 

Background

In the recent years, various companies have been promoting the application and study of nanoimprint technology capable of handling 1 nanometer = 1/1,000,000 millimeter level ultra-fine processing and mass production technology in worldwide. Nanoimprinting is expected to be used in a wide range of fields.

These include 3D sensor devices that support facial recognition in smartphones and payment terminals, Extended Reality (XR) equipment such as smart glasses that fuse real and virtual spaces to create new user experience, along with next-generation DNA sequencer bio-device elements used for drug discovery and medical diagnosis.

In anticipation of future market expansion, our two companies have entered into an operational alliance to ensure the stable supply of mass-produced nanoimprinted products. 

Capital and Operational Alliance

Our companies have worked on the development of nanoimprint-related technologies over an extended period of time and have both successfully developed proprietary strengths. In this alliance, we will combine DNP strengths in cutting-edge nanoimprint master mold manufacturing technology, mass production and quality control know-how, with SCIVAX strengths in mass-production manufacturing equipment capable of high-precision nanoimprinting, equipment design technology, and process know-how to further integrate the value chains of both of our companies.

As a result, we will develop a system in Japan that can rapidly respond to the mass production outsourcing needs of major manufacturers in Japan and overseas, which, in the future, will also lead to capabilities in responding to global supply chain risks.

Our two companies will choose to manufacture products at the best suited manufacturing plants of two companies, under production control conducted by Nanosol.

New Company Summary

Company name

Company name Nanoimprint Solutions Co., Ltd.

Location

1-1-1 Ichigaya Kaga-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Capital

10 million yen

Business contents

Mass production management of nanoimprint contract business

Ownership stake

DNP50%„ÄĀSCIVAX50%

Future Prospects

Through the newly established Nanosol, our two companies will respond to the needs for mass production of nanoimprinted products for various applications. These include, 3D sensors for smartphones and XR, mobile-related devices such as displays, and bio-device-related devices such as next-generation DNA sequencers that rapidly read DNA base sequences. In combination, our two companies aim for annual sales of approximately 10 billion yen by 2026.


* Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.    Location: Tokyo,  Company President: Yoshinari Kitajima

* SCIVAX Co., Ltd.   Location: Kanagawa,  President:  Satoru Tanaka


* Product specifications and service details referred to in this news release are current as of the date of the announcement. They may be changed without notice.


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