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DIC Corporation

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Type  Public KK
Industry  Chemicals
Headquarters  Chūō, Tokyo, Japan
Number of employees  20,034
Traded as  TYO: 4631
Founder  Kijuro Kawamura
Founded  15 February 1908
DIC Corporation httpsuploadwikimediaorgwikipediafr552DIC
Key people  Kazuo Sugie, (Chairman) Yoshiyuki Nakanishi, (CEO and President)
Products  Inks Pigments Colorants Polymers Coating materials Adhesives Liquid crystals Multilayer films PPS compounds Fluorochemical products Plastic compounds Hollow-fiber membrane modules Spirulina
Stock price  4631 (TYO) JP¥ 4,280 +25.00 (+0.59%)8 Mar, 3:00 PM GMT+9 - Disclaimer
CEO  Yoshiyuki Nakanishi (1 Apr 2012–)

DIC Corporation (DIC株式会社, Dī Ai Shī Kabushiki-gaisha) is Japanese chemical company, specializing in the development, manufacture and sale of inks, pigments, polymers, specialty plastics and compounds and biochemicals.


It was founded in 1908 as Kawamura Ink Manufactory, renamed to Kawamura Kijuro Shoten in 1915, incorporated as Dainippon Printing Ink Manufacturing in 1937 and renamed to Dainippon Ink and Chemicals (DIC) in 1962 before the name was changed to the present name DIC Corporation in 2008 on the occasion of its 100th anniversary. The company slogan "Color & Comfort By Chemistry" emphasizes that DIC products should deliver color and comfort to daily life.

The company operates worldwide (through 176 subsidiary and affiliate companies in 62 countries) and includes the Sun Chemical corporation, based in the Americas and Europe.

DIC in Japan has 10 plants in Japan, located in Tokyo, Chiba, Hokuriku, Sakai, Kashima, Yokkaichi, Shiga, Komaki, Saitama, and Tatebayashi. The main research laboratory in Japan is located in Sakura, Chiba cooperating with DIC development centers in China (Qingdao DIC Finechemicals Co., Ltd., Qingdao, China) and the Sun Chemical Group's research laboratories (in USA, Germany and UK).

The company is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.


  • 1908 Founded as Kawamura Ink Manufactory
  • 1937 Incorporated Dainippon Printing Ink Manufacturing
  • 1950 Listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange
  • 1962 Merged with Japan Reichhold, changed Company name to Dainippon Ink and Chemicals
  • 1986 Acquired Sun Chemical’s Graphic Art Material Dept.
  • 1987 Acquired Reichhold Chemicals, Inc.
  • 1999 Acquired Totalfina S.A.’s Printing Ink Dept. (Coates)
  • 2005 Sold Reichhold
  • 2008 Changed Company name to DIC Corporation
  • 2009 Established DIC Graphics, joint venture with Dai Nippon Printing (DNP) integrating DIC's domestic printing ink business and DNP's printing ink business
  • Business and Products

    DIC is divided in 4 business units: Printing Inks, Fine Chemicals, Polymers and Application Materials.

  • Printing Inks
  • Offset inks, gravure inks, flexo inks, can coatings, news inks, packaging adhesives and printing supplies.
  • Fine Chemicals
  • Organic pigments, liquid crystal materials, alkyl phenols, metal carboxylates, sulfurized chemicals (lubricant additives).
  • Polymers
  • General polymers (alkyd resins, unsaturated polyester resins, plasticizers, waterborne resins, acrylic resins, phenolic resins, polystyrene)
  • Specialty polymers (epoxy resins, ultraviolet (UV)-curable resins, polyurethane resins, fluorochemicals)
  • Application Materials
  • Liquid compounds (jet inks, fiber and textile dyes, coatings for interior materials, ultraviolet (UV)-curable coatings and bonding adhesives for optical discs)
  • Solid compounds (polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) compounds, high-performance compounds, plastic colorants, high-performance optical materials, coextruded multilayer films)
  • Processed products (sheet molding compounds (SMCs), plastic pallets and containers, industrial adhesive tapes, label stock for printing, labels and stickers, specialty magnetic foils, decorative boards, decorative systems, hollow-fiber modules, health foods (Spirulina)).
  • DIC Color System Guide

    The DIC Color System Guide is a spot color system, based on Munsell color theory. It is common in Japan, and comparable in role to the Pantone systems – the other common system in Japan is by Toyo Ink.

    Cultural Activities

  • DIC owns 47.7% of the sports club chain "Renaissance".
  • In 1990, the company established the Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art to exhibit artwork collected by the company and its affiliates. The museum is located in a 30-hectare park near to its Central Research Laboratories.
  • References

    DIC Corporation Wikipedia