Company logo used since 2008
|Traded as||TYO: 4631|
|Founded||Tokyo, Japan February 1908|
|Headquarters||Waterras Tower, 101, Kanda Awajicho 2-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0063, Japan|
|Revenue||$ 7.487 billion USD (FY 2012) (¥ 703.8 billion JPY) (FY 2012)|
|$ 202.809 million USD (FY 2012) (¥ 19.1 billion JPY) (FY 2012)|
Number of employees
|20,034 (consolidated) (as of December 31, 2013)|
|Footnotes / references|
DIC Corporation (DIC株式会社 Dī Ai Shī Kabushiki-gaisha) is Japanese chemical company, specializing in the development, manufacture and sale of inks, pigments, polymers, specialty plastics and compounds and biochemicals.
It was founded in 1908 as Kawamura Ink Manufactory, renamed to Kawamura Kijuro Shoten in 1915, incorporated as Dainippon Printing Ink Manufacturing in 1937 and renamed to Dainippon Ink and Chemicals (DIC) in 1962 before the name was changed to the present name DIC Corporation in 2008 on the occasion of its 100th anniversary. The company slogan "Color & Comfort By Chemistry" suggests that DIC products should deliver color and comfort to daily life.
DIC in Japan has 10 plants in Japan, located in Tokyo, Chiba, Hokuriku, Sakai, Kashima, Yokkaichi, Shiga, Komaki, Saitama, and Tatebayashi. The main research laboratory in Japan is located in Sakura, Chiba cooperating with DIC development centers in China (Qingdao DIC Finechemicals Co., Ltd., Qingdao, China) and the Sun Chemical Group's research laboratories (in USA, Germany and UK).
The company is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
- 1908 Founded as Kawamura Ink Manufactory
- 1937 Incorporated Dainippon Printing Ink Manufacturing
- 1950 Listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange
- 1962 Merged with Japan Reichhold, changed Company name to Dainippon Ink and Chemicals
- 1986 Acquired Sun Chemical’s Graphic Art Material Dept.
- 1987 Acquired Reichhold Chemicals, Inc.
- 1999 Acquired Totalfina S.A.’s Printing Ink Dept. (Coates)
- 2005 Sold Reichhold
- 2008 Changed Company name to DIC Corporation
- 2009 Established DIC Graphics, joint venture with Dai Nippon Printing (DNP) integrating DIC's domestic printing ink business and DNP's printing ink business
Business and Products
DIC is divided in 4 business units: Printing Inks, Fine Chemicals, Polymers and Application Materials.
- Printing Inks
- Fine Chemicals
- Application Materials
- Liquid compounds (jet inks, fiber and textile dyes, coatings for interior materials, ultraviolet (UV)-curable coatings and bonding adhesives for optical discs)
- Solid compounds (polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) compounds, high-performance compounds, plastic colorants, high-performance optical materials, coextruded multilayer films)
- Processed products (sheet molding compounds (SMCs), plastic pallets and containers, industrial adhesive tapes, label stock for printing, labels and stickers, specialty magnetic foils, decorative boards, decorative systems, hollow-fiber modules, health foods (Spirulina)).
DIC Color System Guide
The DIC Color System Guide is a spot color system, based on Munsell color theory. It is common in Japan, and comparable in role to the Pantone systems – the other common system in Japan is by Toyo Ink.
- DIC owns 47.7% of the sports club chain "Renaissance".
- In 1990, the company established the Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art to exhibit artwork collected by the company and its affiliates. The museum is located in a 30-hectare park near to its Central Research Laboratories.
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- "Application Materials Division". Retrieved 2014-02-18.
- DIC Digital Color Guide
- About the DIC Digital Color Guide apps
- The Informed Illustrator: Digital Spot Color Systems
- "Renaissance Company Information". Retrieved 2014-02-19.