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Our organisation: Enabling impressions that have an impact

In 2008, with the acquisition of Sony Chemicals TTR division, Dai Nippon Printing Co. Ltd. (DNP) established a new European subsidiary, DNP Imagingcomm Europe B.V. At DNP, our aim over the last century has been to enable variable printing, including product information such as barcodes, card production and photo print.

Japanese heritage with an eye to the world

In 1876, Shueisha, the predecessor of DNP, was founded in Tokyo. At this time, the company’s first major job was the printing of a Japanese translation of Samuel Smiles’ “Self-Help,”. Certainly, this book became a best-seller and an inspiration to many young Japanese. This is due to the fact that the book was the first Western-style book made entirely in Japan.

Since then, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP) has become one of the world’s largest diversified printing/coating technology companies. Today, our organisation employs close to 40.000 people in Asia, Europe and North America and is listed at the Tokyo stock exchange as TYO:7912.

DNP Imaging Communications Group in a nutshell

DNP Imaging Communications Group

Securing printing of variable product information, photo and card by impressions that last

Having started with its printing legacy, DNP has over the years diversified. However, the connection between the main activities has remained the same: creating and facilitating impactful impressions by combining print and information technology.

On the basis of this, DNP has organised its activities within 3 main groups:

  1. Information Communication, which includes Thermal Transfer Ribbons and photo supplies,
  2. Lifestyle and Industrial Supplies, which include packaging and decoration materials,
  3. Electronics, which includes display components and optical films.
DNP Histry and future - Today's innovation is Tomorrow's basic

Today’s innovation is Tomorrow’s Basic

In general, innovation by DNP is highly-focused on creating “Tomorrow’s Basic.” This means, developing products and services that become such an integral part of our lives that we cannot imagine life without them. Undoubtedly, that is the motto that DNP lives by and that is what motives DNP to continue to generate new value for the society of the future. At DNP, we do this by combining our strengths in printing and information technology.

Dai Nippon Printing's Japanese history and heritage

Our Japanese heritage

Since its foundation, our organisation has grown to be one of the world’s largest manufacturers of Thermal Transfer Ribbons for barcode and dye-sublimation printers. Today, our European division, located in Haarlem, the Netherlands, has over 180 dedicated people on our team. Here, we provide three main product lines: TTR, photo and card products and holographic materials. At the present time, these products are supplied to the barcode/label-, photo- and ID & credit card industries in the European, Middle Eastern, African and Russian markets.

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DNP Group vision

Our DNP Group vision

Since the establishment of DNP's predecessor in 1876, our founding fathers’ motto, “Run a civilised business”, expressed the company’s determination to contribute to Japan’s modernisation and cultural enlightenment. This determination has been passed down to today’s DNP vision that underpins a variety of DNP’s business fields.

Our corporate philosophy

Our goal is to connect individuals and society and provide new value. Within the DNP Group, we do this by providing society with what individuals need and providing individuals with what society needs.

DNP Imagingcomm Vision

Our DNP Imagingcomm division focuses on creating the future with imaging communication that connects people, society, and the world.

Our Business Vision

DNP's aim is to use P&I Innovations to expand the business, primarily around four growth areas. “P&I Innovation” refers to the creation of new value — value that never existed before —by combining printing (P) and information (I) as DNP’s strengths along with diversified partners.

DNP’s “Four Growth Areas”

Knowledge and Communication

It is our plan to support people’s lifestyles and foster a culture within an advanced information society by conveying valuable information reliably, safely, and in optimal formats.

Food and Healthcare

Our organisation's goal is to support a safer and higher-quality living, lifelong health maintenance amid changing population dynamics, including the increased ageing of society.

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Lifestyle and Mobility

It is our aim to achieve greater comfort in response to the increased desire for personal space.

Environment and Energy

Our aim is to make the environmentally friendly society a reality, in order to simultaneously achieve economic growth and environmental preservation.

Our DNP Group Guiding Principles

“Taiwa” (dialogue) and cooperation

As a member of DNP, everybody aims to become a professional in his or her field. We strive to achieve this by actively and repeatedly engaging in “taiwa” (dialogue) and working together with people both inside and outside the company. That is how one can attain the generation of original products and services that never existed in the past.

Our DNP Group Brand Statement

Today’s Innovation is “Tomorrow’s Basic”

Our DNP Group Vision is to connect individuals and society and provide new value. That is why we aim to combine our own various strengths with ideas from the outside. At DNP, we engage in discussions and we cooperate. By doing this, our aim is that the new value which DNP creates is added value to our society that people take as “basic” in the future.

Our DNP Group Code of Conduct

  • Acting with confidence and dignity,
  • Contributing to the development of society,
  • Social contribution as a good corporate citizen,
  • Compliance with the law and social ethics,
  • Respect for human dignity and diversity,
  • Environmental conservation and the realisation of a sustainable society,


  • The realisation of a ’universal society’,
  • Ensuring the safety and quality of our products and services,
  • Ensuring information security,
  • Proper disclosure of information,
  • The realisation of a safe and vibrant workplace.

Delivering variable print excellence

Harmonising substrate, printer and ribbon

Providing peace-of-mind through tailored service