History

Kijuro Kawamura, FounderKijuro Kawamura, Founder

Advertisement ofKawamura Kijuro Shoten (1913)Advertisement ofKawamura Kijuro Shoten (1913)

Three-roll ink mill atbeginning of operationsThree-roll ink mill atbeginning of operations

San Francisco Plant of Reichhold Chemicals, Inc. San Francisco Plant of Reichhold Chemicals, Inc.

1908
Established Kawamura Ink Manufactory “Dragon” trademark of products and started manufacturing of inks for wood prints, lithographs, and typography.

1915
Started manufacturing of inks for offset printing.

1919
Started penetration in China through exclusive distributor agreement with trading company in Hankou, China.

1925
Started internal production of organic pigments for rst time in Japan.

1937
Incorporated as Dainippon Printing Ink Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

1940
Developed aqueous gravure printing ink for response to wartime printing needs.

1950
Initial public offering on Tokyo Stock Exchange

1952
Incorporated Japan Reichhold Chemicals Inc. (JRC) as joint venture with Reichhold Chemicals Inc. of U.S.A.

Long Island Headquarters of Sun Chemical Corp. Long Island Headquarters of Sun Chemical Corp.

1954
Entered into technological cooperation agreement with Sun Chemical Corp. of U.S.A.

1958
Opened Hong Kong Sales Ofce as rst overseas base after war.

1960
Incorporated Japan Vilene Co., Ltd., joint venture manufacturing nonwoven cloth with Carl Freudenberg & Co. KG. of West Germany.

1962
Merged with JRC and changed company name to Dainippon Ink and Chemicals, Incorporated (DIC).

1963
First phase construction of Chiba Plant was completed, aiming at reinforcement of foundation as general chemical manufacturer.

Landscape of plants at incorporation of Dainippon Printing Ink Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (1937)Landscape of plants at incorporation of Dainippon Printing Ink Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (1937)

Completed Chiba Plant (1st Phase)Completed Chiba Plant (1st Phase)

Completed DIC Building (1967)Completed DIC Building (1967)

1979
Acquired Polychrome Corporation, US printing materials manufacturer. Opened Renaissance Tennis School in Makuhari and entered into full-scale sports business.

1985
Incorporated Shenzhen China Japan Ink Co., Ltd., printing ink manufacturer as joint venture with Chinese company (company name later changed to Shenzhen-DIC Co., Ltd.).

1986
Acquired graphic arts materials division of Sun Chemical Corp. of United States and became largest company in printing inks and graphic arts materials eld.

1987
Acquired Reichhold Chemicals Inc. of United States and established world’s leading position in thermosetting synthetic resins.

1990
Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art opened.
1967
DIC Building, then the tallest building in Japan, completed in Nihonbashi, Tokyo.

1968
Incorporated DIC-Hercules, joint venture of chemicals for paper manufacturing with Hercules Incorporated of U.S.A. (In 1992, company name changed to Japan PMC Corporation)

1969
Started production of polystyrene by original technologies.

1972
Released toners for copiers and penetrated into recording materials business.

1973
Developed high quality liquid crystal, adopted for world’s rst liquid crystal calculator.

1974
Commercialized “Spirulina,” high protein spiral algae.

Sun Chemical Corp., Headquarters Sun Chemical Corp., Headquarters

Completed plant of
Shenzhen-DIC Co., Ltd. (1987) Completed plant of Shenzhen-DIC Co., Ltd. (1987)

Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art
Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art

Qingdao DIC Finechemicals Co., Ltd. Qingdao DIC Finechemicals Co., Ltd.

1996
Incorporated Qingdao DIC Finechemicals Co., Ltd., research and development company, in Qingdao, China. Emperor visits Tokyo Plant; rst and highest honor in printing ink industry.

1999
Acquired Coates, the printing inks division of France’s Totalna S.A., world’s third largest printing ink company.

2001
Incorporated Nantong DIC Color Co., Ltd. for local production of organic pigments, printing inks and ink intermediary bodies.

2003
Acquired high-performance pigments business of Sun Chemical Corp., subsidiary of Bayer USA. Japan PMC merged with Seiko Chemicals and company name changed to Seiko PMC Corp. Incorporated DIC Zhangjiagang Chemical Co., Ltd. for synthetic resins, conducive and magnetic compounds in China.

2005
Increased polymerization capacity of PPS polymers to 10,000t per year, world’s largest. Sold all shares of Reichhold Group to management of Reichhold by MBO.

Organic Pigments Plant of Nantong DIC Color Co., Ltd.Organic Pigments Plant of Nantong DIC Color Co., Ltd.

Plant of DIC Zhangjiagang Chemical Co., Ltd.Plant of DIC Zhangjiagang Chemical Co., Ltd.

Printing Ink Plant of Totalna S.A. (Coates)Printing Ink Plant of Totalna S.A. (Coates)

2006
Established “Color & Comfort by Chemistry” as new management vision.

2007
Established “The DIC WAY,” representing basic corporate values. Full-scale adoption of liquid crystal materials for TFT in liquid crystal TVs.

2008
Company name changed to DIC Corporation, at centennial anniversary.

Nameplate of the Headquarters in Nihonbashi, Tokyo
Nameplate of the Headquarters in Nihonbashi, Tokyo