Japan Partnership for Circular Economy

Japan Partnership for Circular Economy


Promoting total solution proposals that accompany customers at each stage with “thermal transfer foil”!

[Company / organization] KOTOBUKI SEIHAN PRINTING CO.,LTD

Start date (scheduled), etc.

・ 1988

Explanation of technologies and business models

Thermal transfer is a technique in which, by applying heat and pressure to a heat-resistant film with a pattern printed on it, the pattern (ink layer) is instantly applied to the base material (molded product). Normally, in the case of direct printing, the more multicolored the pattern, the greater the increase in base material loss due to printing errors and printing work time, resulting in poor yields and requiring more time for delivery. In the case of hydraulic transfer, not only is a large amount of waste fluid generated after the transfer process, but the process also takes time, resulting in longer time for delivery.

Using our thermal transfer foils, customers can achieve multi-color expression with only one transfer process, thereby reducing base material waste due to printing errors, shortening time for delivery, and eliminating VOC emissions during operations because no ink is used at the customers’ work sites. Also, no waste liquid is generated after the transfer process.

Furthermore, our thermal transfer foil technology enables decorative expressions that are difficult to achieve with direct printing, thus reducing base material waste and increasing the value of our customers’ products.

Achievements and goals, etc.

・ 1986: Developed foil for plastics

・ 2005: Developed foil for IMD

・ 2010: Developed foil for glass/metal

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