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DNP Imagingcomm Europe B.V. is a subsidiary of Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. Since its establishment, DNP’s TTR division including DNP Imagingcomm Europe B.V. has grown to be the world’s largest manufacturer of Thermal Transfer Ribbons for barcode and dye-sublimation printers.
In 1876, Shueisha, the predecessor of DNP, was founded in Tokyo. Since then, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP) has become one of the world’s largest diversified printing/coating technology companies. 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.
DNP Thermal Transfer Ribbons are produced in our factories in Japan and the United States. Globally we have several slitting facilities, where these jumbo rolls are converted into smaller rolls, fitting Thermal Transfer printers.
You can find DNP Imagincomm Europe B.V.’s general Terms and Conditions of Sale on our ‘Terms and Conditions’ page following the below link.
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 Imagincomm Europe B.V. offers a wide range of Thermal Transfer Ribbons, holograms, card and photo supplies.
DNP offers great flexibility when it comes to ribbon sizes, colours, cores, leaders and trailers. As a standard, ribbons are provided with a DNP-leader and a universal trailer. However, there is a possibility to get ribbons tailored to your needs to fulfil your branding requirements.
DNP Imagingcomm Europe B.V. gives a warranty for a period of 12 months after date of delivery to Purchaser
The storage guidelines for thermal transfer products, delivered by DNP Imagingcomm Europe B.V. are as follows:
• Store at room temperature, 5-35°C, 20-80% relative humidity
• Keep away from heat and direct sunlight
For qualities that light up under UV-light, Resin UV Black and Resin UV transparent, an additional guideline applies:
• Keep the box closed to avoid daylight as much as possible, as this affects the product’s luminescence
Are you a ribbon user yourself and would like to try out or purchase one of our DNP Thermal Transfer Ribbons? Our team is ready to answer your questions and needs, to discuss your projects and, if required, point you to the most suitable DNP reseller.
DNP Thermal Transfer Ribbons are available for purchase via a network of partner distributors, OEM’s and resellers. Should you be interested in becoming one of the aforementioned partners, please do not hesitate to contact us, and one of our TTR representatives will get in touch with you regarding your order.
You can send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our sales representatives will get in touch with you regarding your order.
Yes, DNP can also deliver your goods directly to your own customers. Please note that delivery costs may vary per country and in case of a drop shipment, an additional cost of €20 per delivery applies.
For tailor-made orders, our normal lead time is 5 working days. However, should you need standard qualities with fast delivery; you can always make use of our Blue Book Stock Programme. With this stock programme, Blue Book orders placed before 12 o’clock (GMT +1:00 Central European Standard Time) are shipped out the same day.
The Blue Book Programme is DNP’s stock programme. Is lead time a key factor for you? With DNP’s Blue Book Programme orders received before 12 o’clock (GMT +1:00 Central European Standard Time) on Blue Book items are shipped out the same day.
The Blue Book Programme contains standard qualities and size specifications.
To place a Blue Book order, follow the below steps:
Please note that delivery costs may vary per country. In case you would like your order to be sent by drop shipment an additional cost of €20 per delivery applies.
Selecting the right Thermal Transfer Ribbon is a crucial part of ensuring traceability throughout product lifetime and long after. Yet, before making a decision on the ribbon type, it’s essential to know the most important factors of what makes a perfect thermal transfer print. When choosing which Thermal Transfer Ribbon to go with, first consider the following:
This way, by harmonising ribbon, substrate, printer type and printer settings and application, we can assure of producing the ultimate print result.
You can always request a sample free of charge to try our TTR in your own production environment. Additionally, we also offer testing support in our in-house lab or on-site, so feel free to get in touch with us to discuss your future projects and opportunities.
With production running on the side, testing new products can be challenging at times. This is why we offer to help you test products in DNP’s in-house lab or on-site. Let it be a challenging application that you need our help with, or finding the right ribbon and substrate combination, DNP’s knowledgeable product and industry experts are ready to take your requests at any time.
Thermal Transfer Printing is a printing technology using heat applied by the thermal print-head to melt the ink onto the substrate. Thermal Transfer Printing is known for their high durability against heat, moisture, chemicals and light exposure, ideal for producing high quality, long-lasting variable data such as barcodes, serial and lot numbers, or best-by dates.
The main difference between direct thermal and thermal transfer printing is the durability of the printed image and the consumables used for the concerning technologies.
With direct thermal printing a thermal paper is used, which is suitable for variable printing when heat is applied to the paper. Whereas with Thermal Transfer Printing, both a substrate e.g. paper, PET, PP etc. and a Thermal Transfer Ribbon are used to print variable information. Due to it’s resistance capabilities, direct thermal transfer is often used for product identification where the variable code is not exposed to harsh chemicals, light or extreme temperatures.
In Thermal Transfer Printing, we differentiate between Flat-head and Near-Edge printers:
-Flat-head printers: Printers with a traditional printhead that allow for the ribbon and substrate to bond for a short distance till the peel point after passing the heating element.
-Near-Edge: Printers with an angled printhead, where the substrate and ribbon separate almost immediately, allowing for a faster printing process.
DNP specialises in helping you harmonise substrate, printer and ribbon. All this, with ribbons tailored to your needs and technical support in our DNP lab or on-site, in your own production environment.
Because at DNP, we believe in partnership, that provides the swift and tailor-made answers that you need.