DNP IAM Updates Manufacturing Plant

DNP IAM Updates Manufacturing Plant

Dye-Sub Thermal Print Media Manufacturer also Opens Second Thermal Coating Line


Concord, NC—DNP Imagingcomm America Corporation (DNP IAM) officially opened a renovated manufacturing facility at its headquarters in Concord, North Carolina. Additionally, it initiated production from a second coating line installed at its Concord operations.

The new coating line will increase production capacity for the company’s thermal transfer ribbons. DNP says the line was necessary due to the significant growth in its dye-sublimation photo printing businesses.

“Our dye-sublimation photo printing business has enjoyed significant growth over the past three years as the market converts from wet to dry photo processing,” said Katsuyuki Oshima, president of DNP IAM. “DNP’s investment in the Concord facility directly reflects our commitment to local production in the largest markets.”

At the ribbon-cutting ceremony of DNP Imagingcomm America’s renovated Concord, North Carolina, manufacturing facility and second coating line. L-R: Katsuyuki Oshima, president DNP Imagingcomm America; Masato Koike, senior corporate officer, Dai Nippon Printing Group/chairman, Imagingcomm America; and Kazuo Murakami, deputy general manager operations, Imagingcomm America.

Renovation of the production facility began in August 2015. It followed the acquisition of a new building located next door to the Concord headquarters in May 2015. As a result, DNP was able to relocate some of its manufacturing processes, including the original coating line.

While the new line is of identical size to the original, it features updated controls and systems for treating the film, identifying defects and handling DNP’s various ink formulations. The upgraded line is designed to provide better performance and reliability in the areas of safety, quality and productivity.

Furthermore, the renovation and addition of the second line led to the hiring of 25 employees at the Concord facilities. Additional staff members are expected to join the DNP family throughout 2016 as production volume continues to grow.

“The addition of a new coating line for the production of our dye-sublimation photo print media represents a tremendous opportunity to continue growing DNP’s business in multiple markets throughout the Americas,” added Garrett Lyons, vice president of Operations, DNP IAM.


DNP Imagingcomm America Corporation is a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP), among the largest manufacturers of dye-sublimation media for photo printers and barcode ribbons. DNP IAM has a broad selection of solutions for the photo retail market and products designed to address retailer’s specific business goals and objectives.

Manufacturing, sales and development offices of dye-sublimation media for photo printers are located in Concord, North Carolina.

Dai Nippon Printing Co.

More than 25 years ago, DNP was one of the first organizations to pioneer dye-sublimation media—and it is the oldest company to start business development in thermal transfer ribbons. DNP has grown to be the world’s largest manufacturer of dye-sublimation media and barcode ribbons.

Founded in 1876, DNP is a diversified printing/coating technologies company. At its 71 production plants, both in Japan and overseas, its operations include commercial printing, packaging, decorative materials, electronics, business forms and imaging products. DNP is a global corporation with $14,063,592 in annual revenue.