Our organisation

Our heritage

To enhance knowledge and culture through letterpress printing, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.'s predecessor, Shueisha was founded in the Ginza district of Tokyo in 1876. Since then, Dai Nippon Printing (DNP) has become one of the world’s largest diversified printing/coating technology companies.


Today, Dai Nippon Printing employs over 38.600 people at its plants and sales offices both in Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania. DNP’s operations include commercial printing, packaging, decorative materials, electronics, business forms and information media supplies.


At DNP, we have been continually expanding our fields of business by applying and developing the printing technologies that are our core strengths. In the early 1980s, Dai Nippon Printing was one of the first companies to pioneer thermal transfer ribbon (TTR) technology and the oldest company to start business development within this market. Nearly 30 years later, in 2008 Sony Chemical's TTR division was transferred to Dai Nippon Printing. With the merge of Sony Chemical's TTR division, DNP's Imagingcomm division was established. Thereby, also founding DNP Imagingcomm Europe B.V.



DNP’s Imagingcomm division has since grown to be one of the world’s largest manufacturers of thermal transfer ribbons for barcode and dye-sublimation printers. Our European division is located in Haarlem, the Netherlands, where we have over 120 dedicated people on our team.


Our European division provides three main product lines: TTR, photo products and holographic materials. Our 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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Our DNP Group vision

Since the establishment of Shueisha (predecessor of DNP) 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 DNP Imagingcomm Vision

Creating the future with imaging communication that connects people, society, and the world.


Our corporate philosophy

Our corporate philosophy is to connect individuals and society and provide new value.

The DNP Group provides society with what individuals need and provides individuals with what society needs. 


Our Business Vision

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

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


Each member of DNP becomes a professional in his or her field. Actively and repeatedly engaging in taiwa (dialogue) and working together with people both inside and outside the company leads to the generation of original products and services that never existed in the past.


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


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. This, we aim to achieve by combining our own various strengths with ideas from the outside. We engage in discussions and we cooperate. Our aim is that the new value which DNP creates is added value to our society that people take as “basic” in the future.