A Chemical Manufacture That Offers Color and Brings Ideas to Life

Although other companies were proactively introducing outside technologies, we remained committed to domestic manufacturing and pigment development. We had already established the three R&D pillars by 1953. The Iwata Production Plant (now Tokai Production Plant) was built in 1968, marking the beginning of our full-scale participation in domestic markets. Expanding into International Markets Using Domestic Production Technology

In the 1980s and 1990s, as the number of Japanese companies launching overseas increased, we extended our business to fulfil the needs of our customers.

We currently have 19 production and sales bases in 13 regions and countries, allowing us to construct a corporate structure that can respond to the global development needs of our customers. In addition, improvements in operations in response to customer requests are being pursued.

Today's client expectations range from manufacturing colours that satisfy customer requests to the new technology development for environmentally friendly products and the enhancement of user ease.

As a chemical product maker, we have created our production structures and R&D in response to the different needs of our clients, and we aspire for continued expansion. 

Corporate Philosophy

The corporate philosophy of our company is:

  • Interested in people
  • Interested in new things
  • Interested in the future

Meanwhile, we have maintained our 1968 business doctrine-Full Achievement. We will uphold this traditional doctrine along with our corporate philosophy.

Our President's Message

Realizing social contributions focusing on technological advancement and ESG promotion. The Dainichiseika Group was established in 1931 as an exporter and manufacturer of color-related products. Since 1931, we have concentrated on quickly adjusting to technological developments worldwide and contributing to society by developing new products and technologies using fine chemicals.

We are currently pursuing our goal of being a technology-focused solutions provider. To do so, we will continue to develop key technologies and mix them with new ones to actively engage a wide variety of business fields, including IT, electronics, personal care, medical sciences, packaging, and mobility.

We also acknowledge that to increase business value; we must increase our ESG efforts in a way that promotes both our long-term sustainable growth and global society. Therefore, we will collaborate with various customers, stakeholders, or businesses to make social contributions to environmental challenges, corporate governance, and diversity in the future.

We will continue to work relentlessly to satisfy the expectations of our stakeholders and keep their trust. Likewise, we hope our customers will continue to support us.

Full Achievement is our motto.

With modest glory as a representative of the Dainichiseika group, everyone shall be committed to Color-Age.

  • Always work towards a goal.
  • Pursue product and knowledge expansion opportunities globally.
  • Consolidate our brand through products or business.
  • Have the opportunity to grow as a society and as individuals.
  • Make ourselves the most reputed company by doing good for society.

Our History

  • From 1931-1976
    • Saika Ganryo L.P. was founded in 1931.
    • Milori blue, fanal pigment, azo pigments and chrome yellow were first mass-produced in 1938.
    • Saika Shikiso Kogyo Co., Ltd. was renamed in 1939.
    • Two other firms acquired the company in the industry in 1944. The name was changed to Dainichiseika Kogyo Kabushikigaisha in the same year. We also initiated a business in offset ink.
    • Colorants for PVC (polyvinyl chloride) were developed and marketed in 1948. We also started working in the plastic colourant industry in the same year.
    • Invented and introduced vinyl inks in 1950 alongside working in the gravure ink industry.
    • Started a new business of mass colourant for printing on synthetic fibres and woven fabrics in 1953.
    • Colorants for olefin resins were first introduced to the market in 1955.
    • Began working in the polyurethane industry in 1967.
    • Shared listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange's First Section in 1969.
    • Dainichiseika (H.K.) Co., Ltd. was founded in 1972.
    • Tai Chin Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. was founded in 1974.
    • CCM technique for polymers was announced in 1975.
    • 1976; Began selling UV-curable coating agents. The company Sambo Fine Chemicals Mfg. Co., Ltd. was founded in the same year.

  • From 1977-2016
    • Esta Fine Color Corporation was founded in 1977.
    • Daicolor Italy S.R.L. was founded in 1984.
    • 1985; Began working with polymers generated from natural sources.
    • Hi-Tech Color, Inc. was founded in 1988.
    • Plalloy MTD. B.V. was founded in 1989. The company Dainichi Color (Thailand) Ltd. was founded in the same year.
    • Shanghai Mitsui Plastic Compounds Ltd. was founded in 1994.
    • PT. Hi-Tech Ink Indonesia was founded in 1995. Dainichi Chemical Manufactory Co., Ltd. was founded in Dongguan, China.
    • Dainichiseika (H.K.) Coloring Co., Ltd. was founded in 1997.
    • Daicolor Shanghai Mfg. Co., Ltd. was founded in 2003.
    • Dainichi (Shenzhen) Trading Ltd. was founded in 2005.
    • Dainichi Color Vietnam Co., Ltd. was founded in 2006.
    • Dainichi Color India Private Ltd. was founded in 2008.
    • DM Color Mexicana S.A. de C.V. was founded in 2013.
    • AEOLIAN Corporation became a subsidiary in 2016.

Making Decisions and Our Business Execution System

The Board of Directors, which gathers regularly, makes important decisions on our management. The Top Management Operating Control Committee and Operating Committee also convene as needed. Working through our overall basic strategy and significant managerial topics such as the medium-term plan and producing progress reports allows a system to execute the required actions properly. Directors can make quick choices about management policies by selecting company rules relating to job authority, streamlining tasks for corresponding job titles, and allocating power properly.

Purchasing Policy

To meet customer requirements and maintain stakeholder trust, Our Group company will consider CSR initiatives of our business partners when making purchases while also promoting its CSR projects.

  • Partner selection and bulk item procurement:  We choose our business partners and purchase products based on fair assessments. Our business initiatives include technological development, survey inquiries and after-sales services. Our Corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities cover human rights, labour, environmental conservation, compliance, and management systems.
  • Transparency: We welcome all business partners, whether foreign or based in Japan, in terms of business potential. We are also constantly seeking new information and implementing resources requested by the Group.
  • Fairness and adherence: We follow all applicable rules and regulations and conduct a fair, transparent, and competitive procurement.
  • Confidentiality of data: We properly manage information on our business partners obtained through procurement activities.
  • Cooperation and prosperity: We shall strive for co-prosperity and coexistence with our business associates and mutually establish trust.
  • Partnerships for CSR: We will work with our partners to boost CSR.

Independent Audit, Supervisory Board Members, and Independent Directors are appointed!

Three of our eight directors and two of their four auditors have been nominated from outside our Company as of June 29, 2021. By embracing perspectives other than management, we improve our decision-making supervisory and monitoring functions.

Major Facilities (Domestic)

  • Sales Bases
    • Central Japan Head Branch, Japan
    • East Japan Head Branch, Japan
    • Fuji Office, Japan
    • Hiroshima Branch, Japan
    • Hokkaido Branch, Japan
    • Hokuriku Branch, Japan
    • Kitakanto Office, Japan
    • Kyushu Branch, Japan
    • Okayama Branch, Japan
    • Sendai Branch, Japan
    • Shikoku Branch, Japan
    • Shizuoka Office, Japan
    • West Japan Head Branch, Japan

  • Production and Technical Service Bases
    • Bando Production Plant, Japan
    • Hokkaido Branch, Japan
    • Katano Production Plant, Japan
    • Kawaguchi Production Plant, Japan
    • Kazo Production Plant, Japan
    • Kumamoto Production Plant, Japan
    • Kyushu Branch, Japan
    • Narita Production Plant, Japan
    • Osaka Production Plant, Japan
    • Sakura Production Plant, Japan
    • Shiga Production Plant, Japan
    • Togo Production Plant, Japan
    • Tokai Production Plant, Japan
    • Tokyo Production Plant, Japan

Audit System 

Each member of the Supervisory and Audit Board attends Board of Director's gatherings and other major company gatherings to express their concerns, review critical approvals and transcripts, and analyse the performance. Furthermore, we are working to improve supervisory functions by collaborating with the external accounting auditors and Internal Audits Division and examining whether operations within our company are conducted correctly and lawfully at Group Auditors Liaison Committee meetings.

Major Facilities (Overseas)

  • AEOLIAN Corporation, Taiwan
  • Daicolor Italy S.R.L., Italy
  • Daicolor Shanghai Mfg. Co.,Ltd., China
  • Dainichi Color (Thailand) Ltd., Thailand
  • Dainichi Color India Private Ltd., India
  • Dainichi Color Vietnam Co., Ltd., Vietnam
  • Dainichiseika (HK) Colouring Co., Ltd., Hong Kong
  • Dainichiseika (HK) Ltd., Hong Kong
  • Dainichiseika (Shenzhen) Trading Ltd., China

  • Dainichiseika Color & Chemicals Mfg. Co., Ltd. Europe Representative Office, Italy
  • DM Color Mexicana S.A. de C.V., Mexico
  • Dongguan Dainichi Chemical Manufactory Co., Ltd., China
  • Hi-Tech Color, Inc., USA
  • Plalloy MTD B.V., Netherlands
  • PT. Hi-Tech Ink Indonesia, Indonesia
  • Sambo Fine Chemicals Mfg. Co., Ltd., Korea
  • Shanghai Mitsui Plastic Compounds Ltd., China
  • Tai Chin Chemical Industry Co., Ltd., Taiwan

Internal Control System 

To ensure management efficiency, transparency and effectiveness, and absolute risk management and legal compliance, we believe that an internal control system must be built and operated. Therefore, we formed six Committees under Risk Management and Group CSR Headquarters to promote related initiatives to improve governance functions. In addition, by forming two Task Forces, our company reinforces mechanisms that support our internal control system, which is suited for our circumstances. These Task Forces will develop risk compliance and management systems, as these are two of the most important aspects of internal control.

CSR Procurement Guidelines

Our company operates as per the Basic CSR Policy and strives to maintain stakeholder confidence. Aside from the usual quality, performance, safety, supply criteria, and price, we select our procurement items and business partners based on just assessments. We have established CSR Purchase Guidelines for selecting procurement products, continuing transactions, and business partners.

  1. Eliminate discrimination, forced labour, and child labour; and enhance the labour environment.
    • Human rights respect: Respect the human rights of all employees, ban any harassment, and never participate in human rights violations.
    • No discrimination: Never discriminate against employees based on their human rights, nationality, gender, race, views, ethnicity, religion, disability, pregnancy, marital status, or sexual orientation.
    • Prohibition of forced and child labour: Never threaten, constrain, or coerce work. Also, never use child labour in any step of manufacturing.
    • Creating a healthy and safe workplace: Comply with labour, safety, and health rules; provide a healthy, comfortable and safe work environment for all employees; and strive to keep it that way.
  2. Ensure strict adherence to the law and anti-corruption measures.
    • Honest deals: Engage in transparent, free competition, and never engage in fraud.
    • Preventing bribery: Encourage and prevent the giving and acceptance of improper benefits and the extortion thereof.
    • Law observance: Respect national and regional laws and global conventions, and social values.
  3. Prevent pollution, efficiently use limited resources, and protect and restore the natural environment, as part of the fundamental duty of coexistence of nature and businesses.
    • Reduce environmental impact: Make efforts to prevent pollution of water, soil, and air, utilise limited resources effectively, and recover/conserve the natural environment. Make steps to reduce environmental impact throughout the lifecycle of any product, including material sourcing, manufacture, distribution, usage, recycling, and disposal.
    • Chemical management: Ensure the safety and health of consumers and users of chemicals. Know the Group's forbidden substances and manage them carefully to avoid contamination of delivered items.
  4. Maintain good quality control and build a quality system.
    • Maintain effective quality control over procurement products and build a quality control system.
    • Consider pricing, delivery, supplier stability, and safety as quality aspects, and work to ensure, improve and maintain procurement quality.
  5. Proactively engage in data disclosures and provide accurate corporate information.
    • Publication of data: Provide accurate and adequate corporate information in a simple, timely, and suitable manner. Also, even if not required by law, provide information on concerns affecting safety, quality or the environment.
  6. Manage and secure data as company assets and personal data.
    • Information security: Protect and manage information as private information and corporate assets, and never use or disclose it illegally or inappropriately. Also, protect computer networks from threats.
  7. Conduct periodic company assessments to identify new risks and reduce existing ones.
    • Risk control: Conduct periodic company assessments to identify and eliminate new risks.
    • Making a Business Continuity Plan (BCP): Prepare a strategy to quickly resume raw material supply in the case of a calamity.
  8. Procure minerals responsibly.
    • Never use minerals that violate human rights, destroy the environment, and fuel armed groups.
    • In the odd case that conflict minerals are used to fund armed groups, take immediate action to rectify the issue.

Please apply 1-8 to upstream suppliers.

Quality Assurance

Dainichiseika Group prioritises providing high-quality services and products to our customers at all stages, from manufacturing to inspection, and delivery to customers, following all regulatory and statutory requirements. We also recognise the enhancement and maintenance of their safety and reliability as social needs.

Our products can be used in a wide range of industries, including IT, automobiles, publishing, electronics, stationery, packaging, and industrial materials, and the quality requirements of our clients vary greatly.

Our goal is to create a system that ensures that every customer is completely satisfied with the products and services they receive.

Basic CSR Policy

To achieve a sustainable society and new corporate growth, we have defined ten priority areas. Our organisation works together to address these concerns through our CSR Policy. These CSR standards apply to our company and the broader Daicolor Group.

  • Human rights: We respect human rights and oppose their violation.
  • Labor: We value the differences, personalities, and uniqueness of our employees. We ensure job possibilities and a comfortable and safe workplace. We do not use child or forced labour.
  • Environment: We see the coexistence of business and the natural environment as a crucial topic. We work to reduce pollution, conserve natural resources, and repair the environment.
  • Compliance/Integrity: We compete openly, freely, and fairly and never engage in illegal conduct. We also follow all international and national rules and regulations.
  • Consumers: We will continue to deliver services and products that are safe, environmentally friendly, and socially helpful.
  • Community: As members of society, we actively participate in community events and work to maintain civil society safety and order. We also assure adequate public disclosure of our corporate actions.
  • Information security: It is one of our top priorities.
  • Risk control: We regularly analyse our business outcomes to identify new risks and work to eradicate them.
  • Management Resources: We try to disperse the source of our business activities management resources and make profits.
  • Education: To achieve the above, we will continue to educate all board members and workers on CSR implementation.

Quality Control System

Previously, our manufacturing sites and business divisions each had their own ISO 9001-based quality management systems. However, in 2013, the Quality Control Committee was formed to raise awareness of a groupwide quality guarantee system. In this way, we aim to keep and improve our quality system across the board in Japan.

We have allocated individuals responsible for our quality control department at all operational divisions to our Quality Products Supervisory Department, a company-wide organisation. In addition, we are reinforcing support and updating our quality management structure and system operations at specific business sites and operational divisions and attempting to preserve and improve the groupwide quality assurance framework through this method.

Quality Policy of Dainichiseika

Dainichiseika has formed a quality policy to produce products and services that meet the requirements of our customers. Adherence to this policy will help to contribute to society and build trust.

  • We provide services and products that meet the needs of our clients.
  • All regulatory and statutory criteria are met.
  • All of our employees and managers strive to improve the quality of our products.
  • We will keep promoting activities that increase product quality.

Chemical Management

As a chemical company, we understand the effects of materials on employees, customers and the natural environment surrounding manufacturing sites. Their production is governed by defined laws and regulations, which we update quickly.

Chemical Management Policy

  • Prohibited Substances List: Along with our domestic affiliates and subsidiaries, our company continuously and completely maintains all chemicals to guarantee they do not include forbidden compounds.
  • Verify Prohibited Substances: We work closely with our vendors to inspect them when sourcing raw materials. We check the SDS and the findings to ensure they do not contain any banned compounds.
  • Material Examination Results Use: We use the information from material examinations in the chemical database system to create SDS, environmental management and occupational safety applications.
  • Hazard Response: Our company and our domestic affiliates and subsidiaries receive customer feedback and devise appropriate replies in collaboration with relevant organisations.
  • Guidelines for Environmentally Hazardous Substances: We have developed business rules for environmental impact as part of chemical management.

Safety and Health

Because the safety and health of our employees are vital to our business activities, our company is continually working to improve member health and workplace safety. As a result, our Corporate Safety and Health Committee works to guarantee the safety and health of our workers and others.


  • Our facilities undertake risk assessments to reduce workplace injuries. In addition, we strive for zero accidents through continual development.
  • We created an auto-check system in 2014 to support mental health efforts. Besides, we are always improving our system by delivering line care and self-care training programmes.
  • Under the Ministry of labor, Welfare and Health direction, we develop workplace safety and health guidelines for innovative materials like nanomaterials.
  • Each site creates a yearly action plan to promote workplace safety and personal wellness.
  • Concerning safety and health, we try to maintain communication amongst our facilities. This strategy raises mutual awareness, preserves employee health and safety, and reduces workplace injuries.
  • We hold external and internal training and educational events, such as risk prediction workshops, to raise staff understanding of safety.

Futuristic Efforts

  • We propose to conduct chemical risk assessments and company-wide facilities in light of the revised Health and Safety Act.
  • Our safety and health measures help create a comfortable and friendly environment where employees may safely go about their business.

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