Trace of Growth

The shape of Nissha's business is undergoing rapid changes, such as the expansion of the fields of business and the yearly expansion of our presence in the global market. However, it is our obsession with unique technology, 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.


1929 Oct. Naoki Suzuki started printing business
1932 Oct. Established Suzuki Shobisha
1942 Jul. Established Nissha Printing, Ltd. through business merger

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.

1946 Dec. ・Established Nissha Printing Co., Ltd.
・Capitalization: ¥5million
・Naoki Suzuki assumed post of President & Representative Director
1948 Oct. Opened Tokyo Branch Office

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.

1949 Sep. Opened Osaka Branch Office
1952 Jan. Opened Kobe Office
1959 Nov. ・Naoki Suzuki assumed post of Chairman of the Board & Representative Director
・Shozo Suzuki assumed post of President & Representative Director
1961 Oct. Listed on the Second Section of the Osaka Stock Exchange
1962 Jan. Started operation of industrial materials business
Apr. Listed on the Kyoto Stock Exchange
1963 May Established Nissha Asset Management Co., Ltd.

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.


1968 Feb. Established Eastern Nissha Printing Co., Ltd.
1969 Apr. Listed on the Second Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange

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.

1971 Jul. Opened New York Representative Office
1977 Jun. Established Graphic Systems Co., Ltd. (The company name became NCP Co., Ltd.)

1979

Tokyo and Osaka Stock Exchanges

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


1979 May Opened Hong Kong Representative Office
Sep. Listed on the First Section of the Tokyo and Osaka Stock Exchanges
1980 Apr. Opened Central Research Laboratory
May Established Nissha CTS Co., Ltd.

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.


1985 Jun. Opened San Francisco Representative Office
1987 Apr. Opened Nagoya Sales Office
1988 Jun. Opened Takamatsu Branch Office
Dec. Established Nissha Intersystems Co., Ltd.

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.


1991 Mar. Established Nissha Belart Co., Ltd.
Nov. Established Nissha Business Service Co., Ltd.
1992 Apr. Shozo Suzuki assumed post of Chairman of the Board & Representative Director Hiroshi Furukawa assumed post of President & Representative Director
1993 Jan. Incorporated San Francisco Representative Office

1995

Southern Nissha Sdn. Bhd at the start of operation

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

1995 Mar. ・Established Nissha Planner Co., Ltd.
・Established Southern Nissha Sdn. Bhd.
1996 Nov. Established Nissha Korea Inc.
1997 Apr. Opened Hokuriku Branch Office

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.

1999 Oct. Opened Amsterdam Representative Office
Dec. Established Nitec Industries, Inc.

2000

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


2000 Jan. Established Nitec Precision, Inc.
Mar. Relocated Nissha USA, Inc. to Chicago
2001 Mar. Opened Helsinki Representative Office
Dec. Established Guangzhou Nissha High Precision Plastics Co., Ltd.
2002 Jan. Opened Dallas Sales Office of Nissha USA, Inc.
Jul. Established Hong Kong Nissha Co., Ltd.
Oct. Opened Taipei Sales Office
2003 Jan. Opened Plantation Representative Office
Mar. ・Opened San Diego Sales Office of Nissha USA, Inc.
・Opened Dusseldorf Representative Office
Apr. Opened London Representative Office
Jun. Opened Copenhagen Representative Office
Oct. ・Opened Nagano Office
・Opened Gumi Sales Office of Nissha Korea Inc.
Dec. Purchased shares of Sano Seisakusho Co., Ltd.
2004 Apr. Established Nissha (Kunshan) Precision IMD Mold Co., Ltd.
Jul. Opened Beijing Representative Office
Aug. Opened Shanghai Representative Office
Dec. Changed name of Sano Seisakusho Co., Ltd. to Nitec Mold Engineering, Inc.
2005 Jan. Opened Detroit Sales Office of Nissha USA, Inc.
Apr. Established Nissha Europe GmbH.
Jun. Opened Austin Sales Office of Nissha USA, Inc.
Dec. Acquired Kyoei Sangyo Co., Ltd.

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.

2006 Jan. Established Taiwan Nissha Co., Ltd.
Mar. Held ground-breaking ceremony for Nitec Industries, Inc. Koka Factory
Apr. Established Nissha Korea High Precision Plastics Inc.
Aug. Established NME Korea Inc.

2007

Junya Suzuki Chairman of the Board, President and CEO

Junya Suzuki Chairman of the Board, President and CEO

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

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

2007 Feb. ・Opened Nissha Europe GmbH Ulm Office
・Established Nissha Industrial and Electronics Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
Apr. Completion of construction of the second plant for Nitec Precision, Inc.
Jun. Junya Suzuki assumed post of Chairman of the Board, President and CEO
Jul. Opened Chennai Office
Oct. Relocated Kobe Sales Office
Nov. Relocated Nissha Korea Inc. Gumi Office
Dec. Nissha USA, Inc.established Eimo Technologies, Inc.
2008 Jan. ・Nissha Europe GmbH Helsinki office is to become a branch Office
・Relocated Nissha Korea Inc. Seoul Head Office
・Opened Nissha Industrial and Electronics Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
・Beijing Branch and Shenzhen Branch
Feb. Opened Nissha Europe GmbH Kristianstad Office
Mar. ・Opened Nissha USA, Inc. San Jose Office
・Relocated Nissha USA, Inc. Detroit Office
・Relocated Nissha USA, Inc. Chicago Head Office
Apr. Relocated Taiwan Nissha Co., Ltd.
Jun. Relocated Nissha Europe GmbH Düsseldorf Head Office
Jul. Relocated Nissha Industrial and Electronics Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. Shanghai Head Office
Aug. ・Opened Nissha Europe GmbH Oulu Office
・Opened Nissha USA, Inc. Houston Office
Oct. ・Nissha Asset Management Co., Ltd. is to acquire Nissha Business Service Co., Ltd.. Following this acquisition, Nissha Asset Management Co., Ltd. changed its name to Nissha Business Service Co., Ltd.
・Established Nitec Fuji Chemical Co., Ltd.(Merged Company)
Dec. Established Nissha Interactive Corporation (Merged Company)

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).

2009 Jul. Eastern Nissha Printing Co., Ltd. changed its name to Nitec Printing Co., Ltd.
Dec. Established Nitec Precision and Technologies, Inc.
2010 Aug. Relocated Nissha Printing Co., Ltd. Tokyo Division Headquarters (Tamachi)
Sep. Relocated Nissha Printing Co., Ltd. Osaka Division Headquarters and Kobe Sales Office
2011 Jan. Opened Nissha USA, Inc. Toronto Office

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.



2012 Jan. Opened Nissha Europe GmbH Cambridge Research Office
May. Established Nissha Industrial and Trading(Shenzhen)Co., Ltd. as a sub-subsidiary
2013 Apr. ・Nitec Precision Inc. was merged by Nitec Precision and Technologies, Inc.
・Launched joint venture with S-MAC Co., LTD.; established NS Tech Co., Ltd.
Jun. Established M crossing Co., Ltd.
Oct. ・Opened “Material ConneXion Tokyo”
・Equity participation in TPK Film Solutions Limited

2014

Gas sensor

Gas sensor

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

2014 Feb. Nissha USA, Inc. acquired Si-Cal Technologies, Inc.
Apr. Acquired F8 Photo Studio Inc.
Jun. Acquired FIS Inc.
Aug. Established Nissha Industrial and Trading Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.
Nov. Relocated Nissha Printing Co., Ltd. Tokyo Division Headquarters (Osaki)

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.

2015 Jan. Nissha USA, Inc. and Eimo Technologies, Inc. acquired Polymer Tech Mexico S.A. De D.V. and established PMX Technologies, S.A. de C.V.
Apr. ・Acquired SiMICS Co., Ltd.
・F8 Photo Studio Inc. changed its name to Nissha F8, Inc.
・Opend Nissha Industrial and Trading Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. Bangkok Representative office
・Established Nissha Printing Communications, Inc.
 (The company has suceeded the Information and Communication business from July, 2015)
Aug. Acquired AR Metallizing group
Dec. AR Metallizing group acquired Málaga Produtos Metalizados Ltda.

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 (the current name is Nissha 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.

2016 Sep. Nissha Medical International,Inc.acquired Graphic Controls group
Oct. ・Opened Kobe Research Office
・Nissha Europe GmbH acquired Schuster Kunststofftechnik GmbH and Back Stickers GmbH including its related group companies
Dec. ・Relocated Nissha Korea Inc.
・Established Nissha Vietnam Co., Ltd.

2017

NISSHA logo

Changed company name to Nissha Co., Ltd.
Far beyond traditional boundaries of printing field, Nissha has been evolving and expanding its business, and accordingly changed its trade name to Nissha Co., Ltd.
In addition, we renewed a new corporate logo.

2017 Jan. Established Nissha Flooring Industries Sdn. Bhd
Oct. ・Changed company name to Nissha Co.,Ltd.
・Graphic Controls Group acquired Integral Process SAS
・Established mui Lab, Inc.
Dec. ・Si-Cal Technologies, Inc. changed its name to Nissha Si-Cal Technologies, Inc.
・PMX Technologies, S.A. de C.V. changed its name to Nissha PMX Technologies, S.A. de C.V.
・Southern Nissha Sdn. Bhd. changed its name to Nissha Precision Technologies Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.
・FIS Inc. changed its name to Nissha FIS, Inc.
・SiMICS Co., Ltd. changed its name to Nissha SiMICS, Inc.
・Nissha Business Service Co., Ltd changed its name to Nissha Business Service, Inc.

2018

Established a new Nissha Philosophy
Nissha Group has integrated its standards of thought, rules of conduct, and Mission—ideals held in high regard — into Nissha Philosophy that is greatly valued.

2018 Jan. ARM Embalagens Ltda. changed its name to Nissha ARM Embalagens Trading Do Brasil Ltda.
May Graphic Controls Group acquired Heart Sync, Inc.
Jun. Graphic Controls Group acquired Sequel Special Products, LLC and RSS Design, LLC
Oct. ・Relocated Material ConneXion Tokyo (M crossing Co., Ltd.)
・Relocated Nissha FIS, Inc. (Relocated Production Technology Center in November)
・Relocated Rakuhoku Landscape, Inc.'s head office
・Málaga Produtos Metalizados Ltda. changed its name to AR Metallizing Produtos Metalizados Ltda.
2019 Jan. Nissha Printing Communications, Inc. absorbed part of its business to subsidiary
Subsidiary started business activities as Kyodo NCI Printing Co., Ltd., which Kyodo Printing Co., Ltd. and Nissha Printing Communications, Inc. jointly invested in
Feb. Established Nissha SB Poland sp. zo.o.
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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