Aug 02, 2012

Toppan Printing starts manufacturing inlets for new security products
in a plant in the United States
Mass production and manpower saving with a fully automated and consolidated production line

Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. (hereafter Toppan Printing; head office: Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo; President & Representative Director: Shingo Kaneko) has completed construction of a new plant in Round Rock, Texas, U.S.A. for the manufacture of inlets with mounted IC chips and antennas, and full-scale production will begin in early August 2012.

By promptly identifying the potential of smart cards, Toppan Printing has built up a strong track record in the ID card business, with notable achievements including supplying the CP400-II for the issuance of U.S. Department of Defense ID cards in 2005. In recent years, there has been an increase in the adoption of smart cards in the U.S. in order to strengthen security for items such as credit cards and ID cards. Toppan Printing has established this new plant in order to respond to the need for security products such as ID cards in the U.S. market, where an expansion in demand is anticipated in the future.

Based on manufacturing know-how that Toppan Printing has built up over the years, the new plant has been fitted with a consolidated line that can carry out fully automated process management from inlet manufacture to inspection and packaging. This means that it has been possible to achieve both mass production and a reduction in the manpower required. The plant has also been fully equipped with a security system which complies with ISO/IEC15408 EAL4+, the international security evaluation standard necessary for the manufacture of security products.

The new plant which will produce security products (office building)
Copyright 2012 TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD.

< Future developments >
Toppan Printing is targeting sales of 1 billion yen in fiscal 2012 from the manufacture and sales of inlets for security products in the U.S. market.

< Overview of the new plant >
Development and manufacture of security-related products such as IC chip inlets for smart cards and ID devices
Location : 2175 Greenhill Drive, Round Rock, TX 78664, U.S.A. (Inside Toppan Photomasks, Inc.)
Site area : 950m2
Building area : 750m2
Total floor area : 750m2
Investment : Approximately 1 billion yen *Investment related to manufacturing equipment
Production capacity : More than 10 million inlets per year for products for government ID cards

*ISO/IEC15408 EAL4+
An international standard related to the development, manufacture and operation of security products (hardware and software) and systems. EAL stands for Evaluated Assurance Level and it represents the assurance level of security products and systems. There are 7 levels from EAL1 to EAL7 and the level of assurance becomes stricter the higher the number is.

* The names of companies, products and services featured in this press release are the trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective companies.
* The information in this press release is current as of the date of publication and is subject to change without notice.

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