Corporate Information

Chronology

1900-1949
1900
Toppan Printing Limited Partnership founded by a group centered around former engineers from the Finance Ministry's Printing Bureau, who used the cutting-edge printing technology of the day, the Erhört letterpress (galvanoglyph).
1908
Reorganized as Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.
1920
HB photo mechanical prepress method and equipment introduced from the U.S.
1926
Koishikawa Paper Container Plant opened.
1938
Itabashi Plant completed and opened.
1945
Selected as winner in all categories (¥1,000, ¥500, ¥100, ¥10, ¥5, ¥1) in the Finance Ministry's Bank of Japan bank note design bidding.
1946
Itabashi Plant, Fuji Plant, Osaka Branch Plant designated as Finance Ministry supervised plants according to regulations governing factories manufacturing currency. (This designation remained until 1952.)
1950-1979
1951
Toppan's multicolor format printing (MCF printing) prepress technology for securities developed.
1958
Prepress and printing of decorative paper for use as industrial materials begun.
1960
Factory for precision parts, such as masks for mesa transistors and shadow masks for television cathode-ray tubes, opened.
1961
Service Center opened in Ginza, Tokyo (now the Toppan Idea Center).
1963
Toppan Printing Co., (H. K.) Ltd. established in Hong Kong.
1964
Representative office opened in New York.
1965
Toppan Moore Business Forms Co., Ltd. (now Toppan Forms Co., Ltd.) established as a joint venture with Canada's Moore Corp.
1970
First computerized typesetting system in Japan developed and implemented.
1971
Representative office opened in London.
1972
Central Research Institute established as the core for technical development.
1973
Technologies exported in succession following completion of the revolutionary Toppan TH Gravure Process for prepress.
1976
Toppan EP-Pak paper containers for long-term storage of juice, alcoholic beverages and other liquids developed.
1978
Multiplex-type hologram developed with Tokyo Institute of Technology and Fuji Photo Optical Co., Ltd.
1980-1999
1980
Toppan Video Prepress System, the first system in Japan to carry out direct platemaking from video signals, developed.
1983
Cards with internal integrated circuits (smart cards) developed.
1985
Franco-Japanese Modern Poster Exhibition opened in Tokyo with France's Ministry of Culture.
1986
New head office building and Technical Research Institute completed.
1987
Printing Archive opened.
1988
High-resolution image data for color printing transmitted internationally, used at Seoul Olympics.
Computer graphics stereo (3D) printing technology developed.
1991
Ecology Center opened.
Collection and reprinting of Best 100 Posters of Japan completed.
1993
Tokyo Metropolitan Prepress Toppan Co., Ltd. established as "third-sector" corporation employing persons with severe disabilities.
1994
Cyber Publishing Japan, an Internet shopping mall experiment, begun.
1995
Collection and reprinting of Best 100 Posters from Europe & the United States completed.
1996
Sales start of Cartocan paper-based beverage container.
1997
Sakado Plant completed and opened.
1998
Toppan Forms Co., Ltd. listed in the 1st Section of the TSE (Tokyo Stock Exchange).
1999
"Bitway" digital content distribution service launched.
2000-3
2000
Toppan Koishikawa Building completed. Toppan Hall and the Printing Museum, Tokyo opened.
Toppan Fair 2000 held in six locations.
Applied research for digitally archiving cultural assets of the Forbidden City in collaboration with China's Palace Museum commenced.
2002
NEC Toppan Circuit Solutions, Inc. established in cooperation with NEC Corporation to develop and sell printed wiring boards.
Mecenat Encouragement Award received at the 2002 Mecenat Awards ceremony for operation of Toppan Hall.
2003
Institute for Digitization of the Palace Museum Heritage opened within China's Palace Museum. First phase of work, The Imperial Palace VR: The Forbidden City-the Emperor's Palace, completed.
2004
Award for Distinction as a Corporate Citizen received from the Bunkyo Ward in Tokyo.
Shanghai Toppan Co., Ltd. and Shanghai Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. established.
Operations of three printing-related Japan Tobacco, Inc. subsidiaries taken over.
2005
Buyout of DuPont Photomasks, Inc. completed.
A joint development agreement with IBM of the U.S. to develop state-of-the-art photomasks concluded.
Industrial Materials Division merged with Toppan Cosmo to restructure and revitalize the latter.
Bitway business spun off to create Bitway Co., Ltd.
2006
TOPPAN SOLUTION WORLD 2006 exhibitions held in seven locations across the country.
Contract concluded with the Government of Greece to provide the Greek Secure Document Issuance System. Local company established to perform maintenance services.
Cartocan paper-based beverage containers presented with the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Award at the third Eco-Products Awards.
Mie Plant II completed. First-ever production of LCD color filters for eighth-generation-size glass (world's largest) initiated.
2007
Toppan named one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World.
Toppan Label and TMP merged to create Toppan TDK Label.