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Toppan's 110-year Journey Beginning of high-level economic growth and mass consumption in Japan


Experimental plant established for precision parts, such as masks for mesa transistors and shadow masks for television cathode-ray tubes.

Establishment of technology research facility at the Koishikawa Plant

1961 Toppan Printing 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.
First domestic production of masks for mesa transistors

Mask for mesa transistor

From the late 1950s, Toppan developed new technologies utilizing print platemaking technologies. These included masks for transistors and synchronized sheets using magnetic ink.
After successfully producing masks for mesa transistors domestically, Toppan used this opportunity to strengthen its mask making operations.
In 1960, when our technology research facility was launched, a team was assembled to research and commercialize transistor and shadow masks, and production began at the experimental plant. The same year, Toppan received a subsidy for industrial research and commercialization related to shadow evaporation masks for mesa transistors from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (now the Ministry of the Economy, Trade and Industry).

Establishment of the Service Center (now the Toppan Idea Center)

In January of 1961, Toppan established its vanguard for new business development, the Toppan Printing Service Center, in Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo. Here, a newly established design and planning department was permanently stationed, through which, in addition to existing business methods, we aimed to further promote efforts to secure business by taking orders for everything from printing manuscript drafting to design and layout.
Subsequently, the Service Center was renamed the Toppan Idea Center (TIC) in 1964 and, the following year, the Toppan Idea Center Osaka was established. Since then, TICs have been established in each major city in Japan.

Toppan Printing Service Center The Service Center’s photographic department

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