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Latest update: 30/11/2016 19:18:24

Kisyu Giken Kogyo Co., Ltd.

We are expanding our business for labeling electronic parts and the like both in Japan and overseas.

We manufacture and sell text inspection equipment, ink, software, and PC coders and inkjet printers. These are used in automatic printing of use-by dates, lot numbers, logo marks, barcodes, QR codes, and so on, mainly on articles such as corrugated cardboard, building materials, and parts. We have a track record in the labelling business in Japan and abroad. We have confidence in our technological power. We have developed silver nanoparticle ink, and an inkjet printer for R&D that can print electronic circuits. We are also advancing development of technology to print electronic circuits on PCBs and flexible substrates. Our goal is to expand our business.

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[Company strength]
Our advantage is that we develop the inkjet head, text printout equipment, and inkjet ink at the same time. This is how we can achieve high stability in liquid drop discharge during printing, and support customer needs on a custom-order bases. We need to support inquiries from customers in a wide range of technology fields in the printed electronics (PE) market. In order to cultivate the market we have now commercialized a product as small as a 3D printer, and priced it at half the market price or lower. This product was commercialized in January 2015 as a product for initial technology development, while eyeing the potential for future application to high-value-added devices.

[Business description]
Information including use-by dates, lot numbers, logo marks, barcodes, and QR codes are automatically printed on articles like corrugated cardboard, building materials, parts, and foods in a manufacturer’s production line. We mainly manufacture and sell PC coders, inkjet printers, text inspection equipment, consumables such as ink, and software used for such automatic printing. We have developed products in this new business field including silver nanoparticle ink, as well as an inkjet printer for R&D that can print electronic circuits. We are now advancing development of technology to print electronic circuits on PCBs and flexible substrates.

[Industry]
Electric machinery and equipment manufacturing

[Strength of products/technologies]
On-demand articles are attracting attention in the field of printed electronics because the wiring of various products can be created under non-contact, mask-less conditions. However, the ink jet method had a problem in that the yield rate and the drawing quality were low. This is why we developed a system that enables uniform drawing even on rough-surfaced substrates without having to conduct substrate preprocessing and the like. This is done by optimizing the ink, inkjet head, and inkjet process. We succeeded in developing equipment that can draw wiring with an L/S of about 30/30 μm for a long period.

[Representative's message]
We hope to support R&D in fields related to PE so that we can broaden our outlook. We are advancing development of advanced, low-priced products as support for future entry to the market. We plan to enhance our profile and link this with market cultivation by showing our products in exhibitions twice a year and academic conferences held several times a year. We plan to participate in six conferences a year in the field of text printing, including an international trade fair. We are not limiting ourselves to our usual markets, and are expanding our business with an eye on the industries and markets for medical supplies and cosmetics.

[Company structure for market development/overseas expansion]
We are trying to cultivate new markets and expand existing market sales in order to expand our sales. We aim to expand sales to public institutions, universities, and the like that are involved in R&D in the field of PE engineering. We are promoting sales cultivation in our usual markets for text printing and the R&D equipment field. We are expanding our overseas business for text printing articles by making use of bases in China and India, including agencies. For the time being we have limited our involvement in the PE engineering field to Japan only. We are promoting expansion in fields related to text printing in various industries, such as fruit, food, and tablets, as well as our regular market for printing on corrugated cardboard.

[Market share/Ranking]
Industrial inkjet printers require spraying large ink drops to a distance longer than that in inkjet printers for OA use. Our company has a 60% share of the market for high-quality printers for corrugated cardboard. We are the largest company in this industry.

[Awards and media coverage]
[Awards]
Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award, Technology Category (FY2015).

[Media]
TV: NHK, “Luzon’s Pot: Open New Possibilities Using Inkjets” (April 2010); TBS, “Gacchiri Monday!!” (2006); TV Tokyo, “World Business Satellite” (2006).
Newspapers: Nihon Keizai Shimbun, “Power of Kansai Enterprises” (October 2015);
Philosophy and Management (September 2014).


[Authorization/Certification]
ISO 9001 and ISO 18000.
Strategic Core Technology Advancement Program approval.
New Selection of Kansai Monozukuri (Manufacturing) technology selection 2016.
We have many other certifications.


[Joint research and development]
National Institute for Materials Science (National Research and Development Agency): Joint research on a synthesis method for metallic nanoparticles using the gas phase method (2012 to 2013).
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (National Research and Development Agency): Joint research on high-aspect-ratio wiring (2011 to 2013).
Osaka University, Suganuma Laboratory: Joint research on PE technological in general (2011 to 2013).
Yamagata University, Nano Metal School: Joint research study on metallic nanoparticle ink (since 2011). 
We have also participated in joint research with many other public institutions and universities.
Joint development: Fanuc technology for printing on non-planar-shaped substrate material using a robot arm (since 2015).


[Intellectual property]
Pattern Drawing Equipment and Pattern Drawing Method (Japanese Unexamined Patent Application No. 2014-144417).
Printing Equipment (Japanese Unexamined Patent Application No. 2015-016462).
Inkjet ink and Manufacturing Method, and Printing Using Inkjet Ink (Japanese Unexamined Patent Application No. 2015-224270).
We also have many other Japanese Unexamined Patent Applications.


[Other sites]
Sendai, Kumagaya, Tokyo, Yokohama, Shizuoka, Nagoya, Osaka, Koube, Shikoku, Hiroshima and Fukuoka

[Main Clients / Business History (domestic)]
Articles related to PE: Manufacturer related to electric machinery (production of custom-order PC substrates, 2015).Articles related to text printing: Manufacturer related to agricultural products (printing on corrugated cardboard).Major beverage manufacturer (printing use-by dates on cans and plastic bottles); electric machinery manufacturer (markings for traceability such as QR Codes); and many other major companies.

[Main Clients / Business History (overseas)]
Articles related to PE: None.Articles related to text printing: Major electronics manufacturer (labeling on electronic parts, since about 2010). Articles related to smartphones and tablets: (related to labeling on electronic parts, since about 2010). 

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