Trace of Growth

The shape of Nissha's business is undergoing rapid changes, such as the expansion of the fields of "non-paper printing" and the yearly expansion of our presence in the global market. However, it is our obsession with unique printing and quality, unchanged since the foundation of the company, that has supported our current development. The following is an introduction to the background of how Nissha built up its current strength.

1929- Foundation

1929

Founder Naoki Suzuki

Founder Naoki Suzuki

The company founded on high aspirations
Naoki Suzuki founded the company by opening a printing office at his home.
He decided to raise his aspirations and provide "artistic printing", founding Suzuki Shobisha three years later. The company's main work was to print art catalogues for antiques being sold via tenders and auctions.
<The origin of Nissha's differentiation strategy>
"We pursue high quality photographic printing no others can compete with, as anybody can be just a type-set printer." The stated wish of the company's founder was later to become the origin of Nissha's differentiation strategy.

1946

Nissha Printing Co., Ltd. front entrance to Shichijo Factory

Nissha Printing Co., Ltd. front entrance to Shichijo Factory

Establishment of Nissha Printing Co., Ltd.
The company name was changed to Nissha Printing, Ltd. during the Second World War in 1942 through the merger of 15 companies, continuing until the end of the War. After the War, the well-known Kyoto printing press Jigyokudo was absorbed into the company, giving rise to the Nissha Printing Co., Ltd. of today.

1949

Genrin, which combined Nissha's many strengths

Genrin, which combined Nissha's many strengths

Completion of "Genrin" and "New Japan"
Genrin was the first full-scale post-war modern Japanese dictionary, and has been acclaimed as a great cultural work completed through cooperation between the publishers and Nissha. The annual PR magazine aimed at introducing Japan overseas after the war, New Japan (The Mainichi newspapers), received outstanding praise for quality, and built the foundations of Nissha's reputation for high-quality artistic printing.

1967- Expansion of the Technology

1967

A television cabinet made using a groundbreaking wood-grain finish

A television cabinet made using a groundbreaking wood-grain finish

Sales launched of "Patran", the first wood-grain transfer foil in Japan
Non-paper printing, which had begun in 1961 with soft packaging, was to flourish after the launch of the first wood-grain transfer foil in Japan, Nissha Patran. Along with the spread of electrical appliances in the home, centered on televisions, Nissha Patran was to experience dramatic growth, rapidly becoming a leader in its field. It was later to be used widely in air-conditioners and color televisions for export overseas.
With printing at the time limited to flat items, Nissha was to aspire to the new field of printing on curved surfaces, before focusing on transfer foil. This field was later to provide the foundations for IMD.

1970

Precision electronic components

Precision electronic components

Participation in Precision Electronic Components business
Nissha was to enter a new field by combining etching technology with state-of-the-art technology in the electronics industry. It was to begin business in this field within the company divisional system in 1983, focusing on transfer processing for key-top of keyboard of OA apparatus, etc. and sales of transfer printing systems.

1979

Tokyo and Osaka Stock Exchanges

Listed on the First section of the Tokyo and Osaka stock exchanges

1983

the samples of which was exhibited at Japan Plus Osaka

the samples of which was exhibited at Japan Plus Osaka

IMD began to be used widely in many industries

IMD began to be used widely in many industries

Development of a simultaneous Molding and Decorative Transfer system (IMD)
The IMD was presented to the Japan Plus Osaka plastic industrial exhibition.This had a major impact on the market.
The company succeeded in developing IMD (a simultaneous molding and decorative transfer system) and developed a reputation outside the paper printing industry for its technological capabilities. Up until that time, foil transfer printing was carried out by attaching the image through heat and pressure to a product that had already been molded; however, by utilizing the heat and pressure that occurs at the time of molding and transferring the image at the same time, Nissha made it possible to attach images to three-dimensional surfaces.

*for more detail of IMD, please check this link.
Ever since, high-quality printing and IMD technology have formed the two pillars of the company's business and have served to act as a driving force for future growth.

1990

Touch panels supplied for electronic diaries

Touch panels supplied for electronic diaries

Development of FineTouch
In the field of Input Devices, we have prioritized technological development in niche fields largely ignored by major companies, creating FineTouch (an analog transparent switch). FineTouch was used as a key component in hand-written electronic diaries, and became highly regarded in the field.
Its application was later expanded to mobile phones and mobile games consoles, and is currently growing into one of Nissha's main products.

1995

Creation of the company's first overseas production base
The company's first overseas production base was set up, Southern Nissha Sdn. Bhd. (Malaysia).

1998- Accelerate the Globalization

1999

Nitec Industries, Inc.

Establishment of Nitec Industries, Inc.
Nitec Industries Inc. was established as a factory for the production of IMD transfer foil for use in mobile phones.

2000

Sales in Industrial Materials and Input Devices divisions exceed General Printing business

2006

TouchWindow

TouchWindow

Launch of sales of decorative Input Devices "TouchWindow"
"TouchWindow" is a unique input device that blend touch sensors with surface printing decoration. The product helps to create a synergy between Industrial Materials business and Input Device business.

2007

Junya Suzuki President and CEO, Chairman of the Board

Junya Suzuki President and CEO, Chairman of the Board

Junya Suzuki assumed post of President and CEO, Chairman of the Board

Capacitive-type Touch Sensor released
A new Capacitive-type Touch Sensor has been launched, in addition to the existing Resistive-type.

2009- New Value to New Markets

2009

Microneedle patch

Microneedle patch"MicroCure"

New product development accelerated
New products have been developed, including the Dye-sensitized Solar Cell "EneLEAF" (2009), DNA Ink "CustoMerQ" (2011), the Wireless Recharging Housing "Thinval" (2011, a joint development with Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.), the pulp molding technology "Nissha PAX" (2012), and the Microneedle patch "MicroCure"(2012).

2012

Mass production of Capacitive-type Touch Sensor using Photolithography Process started

A highly superior touch sensor that is thin, light, and has a narrow frame was developed and its mass production was established in the  Himeji Factory of Nitec Precision and Technologies, Inc..
In the following year, the mass production line expanded to the Kaga Factory.

2014

Gas sensor

Gas sensor

The Gas Sensor manufacturer, FIS has become our subsidiary
Having welcomed FIS Inc. into Nissha group, we seek to accelerate our efforts in the research and development of Gas Sensors.

2015

Metallized paper

Metallized paper

AR Metallizing group has become our subsidiary
AR Metallizing group is one of the world’s largest metallized paper manufacturer. Owing to this acquisition, Nissha has started to provide the printing related materials, “Metallized paper” wide use in labels and packaging of beverage, food, and consumer products.
>for more detail, please check this link.

2016

Medical Device and Consumable Products

Graphic Controls group has become our subsidiary
Graphic Controls group is U.S.-based Global Medical Device and Consumable Products Manufacturer.
This acquisition will provide the Company a broad product portfolio of medical devices and consumables, manufacturing capabilities for medical devices, and global sales channels to expand its business in the medical devices and consumables sector.
>for more detail, please check this link.

automobile interior plastic molded components

Automobile interior plastic molded components

Schuster group has become our subsidiary
Schuster group is the manufacturer of automobile interior plastic molded components and decorative films mainly in Europe.
Nissha has gain manufacturing bases in Europe which is important to the automotive market complimenting its existing networks in Asia, North America, and Central and South America.

>for more detail, please check this link.
Nissha's high-quality manufacturing is currently gaining an excellent reputation from customers in the global market. This could be described as a positive result of implementing the differentiation strategy of the founder, who always aimed to "do what nobody else is doing".

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