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Toppan's 110-year Journey The Dollar Shock and second Oil Shock disrupted the foundation of Japan’s high-level growth supported by a stable yen to U.S. dollar exchange rate and low-cost energy.

1970 Computerized typesetting system put into practical use for the first time in Japan.

Toppan Printing Co. (America), Inc. established in New York.

Representative office opened in London.

1972 Central Research Institute established as the core base for technical development.
1973 Numerous technologies exported overseas 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.
First practical implementation of computerized typesetting in Japan

In the late 1960s, with the advent of the information age, the sheer volume of information being printed increased more and more and the need to switch from manual typesetting to a more mechanical, rational system pervaded the industry. The Itabashi Division’s engineering department led Toppan’s efforts to examine the feasibility of computerized typesetting. Then, in 1968, we focused on creating a CTS (Computerized Typesetting System) based on photo-composition methods and carried out development of the new system in collaboration with Fujitsu Limited.
After CTS was fully implemented, the arrival in the 1970s of compact, affordable computers capable of processing huge amounts of information at high speed enabled the broader dissemination of CTS.

Computer-aided typesetting operation (1970) CTS in use (1970)

Proactive overseas market expansion

Along with the start of our Foreign Division in 1960, Toppan’s overseas sales activities were invigorated by an increase in Japan’s international competitiveness. At first, business from overseas was consigned for production at plants located in Tokyo. However, as orders from foreign countries increased, the need to meet delivery deadlines and control transportation costs for overseas exports, and for sales and production sites to be in line with local demand and technical levels, became pressing. This led Toppan to establish a joint venture with KMI Co., Ltd. of South Korea as well as open representative offices in Sydney and London, establish a subsidiary, Toppan Printing Co. (America), Inc., in New York, construct a new company building for our Hong Kong subsidiary, and undertake other initiatives to strengthen our overseas operations.

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