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Overview by Segment

As of November 8, 2017

Information and Communication

In the security business, performance declined overall from the previous year, including decreases in IC cards and BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) for the finance industry. In such a business environment, the Company is providing solutions that support greater use of IT in the finance industry, including business alliances to provide services such as planning and development of solutions and support for digitalization in the Fintech field, as well as development of new settlement services. In addition, various devices are expected to be connected to networks through sensors in the future, and the Company is developing security services to protect these devices from cyber attacks.

In the business form related business, business forms decreased from the previous year as a result of a drop in unit prices due to simplification of product specifications, while BPO decreased significantly from the previous year due to downsizing of large projects and other factors. Data Print Service decreased from the previous year due to the impact of a drop in volume and unit prices, despite strong performance in contracts for administrative notices mainly for financial institutions. Meanwhile, the Company promoted cultivation of new customers by carrying out aggressive sales activities capitalizing on EFMS (Enterprise Form Management System), which supports companies in managing forms in both paper and digital formats.

In the marketing business, while SP-related tools increased, flyers, pamphlets and catalogues decreased amid a trend to cut advertising expenses in the distribution industry. Meanwhile, the Company strengthened digital marketing services to support increasingly complex corporate promotional activities, through measures such as creating an integrated marketing system to seamlessly handle needs ranging from centralized management and analysis of product purchasing data to multi-media development. The Company is also developing new marketing solutions using digital technology, such as providing services for tourism business operators and one-stop services that use AI technology to perform tasks ranging from complex customer analysis to producing and sending out direct mail and making outbound calls.

In the content business, publications and printed materials declined from the previous year amid continued suspension, discontinuation and reduced pages in magazines. With regard to textbook publishing, the Company has incurred upfront expenses due to efforts made in sales activities and content development aimed at textbook adoption in the future. Meanwhile, the Company is strengthening initiatives to develop digital content, such as by concluding a capital and business alliance agreement with a company that handles ICT educational materials from planning to sales.

As a result, net sales for the Information & Communication segment decreased by 3.3% from the same period of the previous year to ¥415.5 billion and operating profit decreased by 28.7% to ¥12.8 billion.

Living & Industry

In the packaging business, sales increased for flexible packaging materials including high value added packing materials for medical care and medicine, which take full advantage of the sophisticated quality control system and clean production environment at the Gunma Center Plant, and mechanically recycled PET film made from recycled PET bottles, while sales of paper containers also increased. The Company is steadily promoting the establishment of a base for global business expansion through efforts including full-scale operations at the plant in Georgia, US, that produces the transparent barrier film “GL Barrier,” and the conclusion of a capital and business alliance agreement with an Indonesia-based major company engaged in the flexible packaging materials business for the ASEAN market, where demand is rising for packaging with outstanding performance.

In the interior décor materials business, sales increased in domestic markets by capturing demand for commercial facilities, and performance was strong for overseas markets, resulting in increased sales from the previous year.

As a result, net sales for the Living & Industry segment increased by 0.2% from the same period of the previous year to ¥203.0 billion and operating profit increased by 18.2% to ¥11.8 billion.


In relation to displays, although sales of small- to medium-sized color filters decreased, sales rose for large size filters, resulting in an increase in color filters from the previous year. Sales of anti-reflection films decreased from the previous year, despite capturing overseas demand for use in televisions. Sales of TFT LCDs increased substantially from the previous year, owing to the effect of integrating a Taiwan-based manufacturer of small- to medium-sized LCDs, which the Company acquired, along with strong sales for industrial equipment.

In the semiconductor business, sales of photomasks were robust due to aggressively capturing demand for high-end products in overseas markets amid the expanding semiconductor market. In Europe and the US, which are mature markets, the revenue base was steadily strengthened through structural reforms that the Company has pushed forward with, and in Asia, which is a growth market, the Company has enhanced the manufacturing and sales system. As a result, the Company captured brisk demand for high-end products to the maximum extent. FC-BGA substrate, which is a high-density semiconductor package substrate, increased from the previous year as a result of capturing overseas demand.

As a result, net sales for the Electronics segment increased by 38.0% from the same period of the previous year to ¥96.5 billion and operating profit increased by 333.0% to ¥6.7 billion.

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