Promoting Environment-Friendly Products

Promoting Environment-Friendly Products

Evaluation Sheet for Environment-Friendly Products
DIC introduced its system for designating environment-friendly products in 2003 and uses a proprietary evaluation sheet to designate products as “environment-friendly.”

The DIC Group is committed to effective stewardship of the products it provides. Conscious always of the importance of ensuring its products are environment-friendly, DIC promotes the development of products and new technologies that are useful to society and works to increase the weighting of environment-friendly products in its portfolio, by reducing the volume of hazardous substances it uses, focusing on products that are less hazardous and products that facilitate recycling, and realizing safer production processes that generate less waste and use less energy. The Group has established internal rules for designating products “environment-friendly” and works to increase the weighting of products that have earned this designation in their portfolio. In fiscal year 2017, environment-friendly products accounted for 56.0% of all products put out by DIC and subsidiary DIC Graphics. The Group also strives to maintain a solid grasp of laws and regulations in different countries and territories, and of trends in environmental measures—thereby ensuring its ability to design products that comply with diverse regulations governing the use of chemical substances in different markets—and conducts environmental assessments on a continuous basis.
For printing inks, adhesives and other products used in food packaging, which the Group supplies to customers around the world, the DIC Group has established a global product stewardship team. The team shares information on regulations and relevant topics from different markets, as well as promotes awareness thereof and provides education. Knowledge thus gained is incorporated into product design and used to produce compliance certificates across the supply chain, which are essential for customers worldwide.

Accelerating the Development of Natural Food Colorings through Open Innovation

Targeting the fast-growing market for natural alternatives to synthetic food colorings, DIC has commenced joint R&D with Fermentalg, France’s leading producer of microalgae for use in food products, with the aim of developing a new generation of natural food colorings. The arrangement—which brings together Fermentalg’s unique microalgae strain bank and biotechnology platform and DIC’s significant R&D prowess, industrial production capabilities and global sales network—is expected to accelerate the development of groundbreaking new natural food colorings.

Products that Contribute to the Realization of Clean Technologies

The DIC Group develops materials that contribute to the realization of clean technologies designed to resolve critical global environmental issues. Product divisions promote the development of clean technology–related products for individual target markets that leverage distinctive DIC capabilities. Overall annual sales of such products currently amount to approximately ¥165.4 billion.
The DIC Group is conscious of the recycling of resources and is working on the 3Rs ("Reduce, Reuse, Recycle"). In the reduction area, we are working to reduce the amount of materials used by our customers by reducing the thickness and strength of our products in the fields of plasticizers, adhesives and adhesive tapes. In the area of recycling, we are developing and launching products that use recycle-conscious components and promoting businesses that lead to recycling. While considering social issues such as marine plastic pollution, we are working to preserve the environment through our business activities and explore business areas in which we can contribute.

Environment-Friendly Web Offset Ink

Web World SYNERGY ECORE low temperature–drying web offset inks
Web World SYNERGY ECORE low temperature–drying web offset inks

Although its Web World SYNERGY web offset inks, which are used widely in the printing of flyers and magazines, satisfy certification requirements for vegetable oil–based inks, DIC Graphics continues working to increase the amount of vegetable oil used to enhance the environmental performance of products in this series.
DIC Graphics is also striving to further advance the use of recycled raw materials in these inks, as well as to expand its product ranges in which petroleum-based solvents have been replaced with vegetable oil–derived ingredients. In February 2016, the Group launched Web World SYNERGY ECORE, a new series of low temperature–drying web offset inks that help reduce CO2 emissions attributable to use by customers.

The products of the DIC Group Clean Technology (Clean Technology)

Many DIC Group products are used as material in the market, and we continually strive to contribute to the field of Clean Technology (Clean Technology) related to resolve global environmental problems.
In order to efficiently promote, each business segment targets markets to develop products in Clean Technology field using their strength, and the current revenue size is estimated roughly ¥165.4 billion as a whole.

No Target market Product description Clean Tech Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean Tech Business Segments
1 Energy Binders for lithium-ion batteries Energy Efficiency Cathode binder for lithium-ion batteries (LIB) Polymers
2 Energy Binders for lithium-ion battery separators Energy Efficiency Binders for separators in lithium-ion batteries Liquid Compounds
3 Energy Adhesives for solar cell backsheets Alternative Energy Adhesives for solar cell backsheets Liquid Compounds
4 Energy Adhesives for lithium-ion battery packs Energy Efficiency Adhesives for lithium-ion battery packs Liquid Compounds
5 Energy PPS compounds (fuel cell component materials) Alternative Energy Fuel cell components (Industrial & residential, insulating plate & manifold)
Fuel cell peripherals (Industrial & residential, water piping)
Solid Compounds
6 Energy White masterbatch for photovoltaic backing sheets and encapsulants Alternative Energy Photovoltaic backing sheets and white masterbatches (SPUNDYE, PEONY) Solid Compounds
7 Electronics Pigments for color filters Energy Efficiency LC display materials Fine Chemicals
8 Electronics Resins for LED substrates Green Building Amidoimide resin for LED white substrates (energy saving) Polymers
9 Electronics Encapsulant and resin for circuit boards Pollution Prevention & Control Epoxy resins (halogen-free) for encapsulants and circuit boards Polymers
10 Electronics Nanosilver ink Pollution Prevention & Control  Copper plating catalyst (resource saving) Liquid Compounds
11 Electronics PPS compounds (LED sockets, etc.) Green Building LED sockets (heat radiation) Solid Compounds
12 Coating Water-based resins for paints Pollution Prevention & Control Water-based polyester resins for paints, acrylic resins, silicone resins, and isocyanate resins Polymers
13 Coating UV curable resin for hard coating Energy Efficiency Silica hybrid hardcoat Polymers
14 Coating Resins for plant-based paints Pollution Prevention & Control Resins for paints using plant-derived materials Polymers
15 Coating Resins for powder coating Pollution Prevention & Control Solid resin. Be free of organic solvents Polymers
16 Coating UV curing resin for optical disk surface coating Pollution Prevention & Control  UV curing resin material for optical disks (non-VOC) Liquid Compounds
17 Coating EB curable coating Pollution Prevention & Control EB curable coating agent. Toxic gasesFor gravure offset printing. Printing Inks
18 Automotive CFRP resins Energy Efficiency Epoxy resins for CFRP (weight reduction of aircraft and automobiles) Polymers
19 Automotive Aluminum wire harness coating Energy Efficiency Aluminum wire harness coating Polymers
20 Automotive Water-based surface treatment agent for interior parts of vehicles Pollution Prevention & Control  Water-based coatings material (low VOC) Liquid Compounds
21 Automotive PPS compounds (HV/EV components), Automotive electronic control component materials Energy Efficiency HV/EV parts (motor parts & PCU parts & cooling parts, etc.)
Li-ion battery components (gaskets)
Electronic control components (various sensors for automotive)
Solid Compounds
22 Living environment Synthetic/artificial leather water-based resins Pollution Prevention & Control  Synthetic leather and artificial leather (replacement of solvent-based water-based leather) Polymers
23 Living environment Solvent-free resins for synthetic/artificial leather Pollution Prevention & Control  Synthetic leather and artificial leather (replacement of solvent-based leather with solvent-free type) Polymers
24 Living environment Water-based pigment dispersion Pollution Prevention & Control  Colorants for textiles (reduction of wastewater) Liquid Compounds
25 Living environment PPS compound (material for piping parts) Energy Efficiency Energy-saving hot water heater parts (Eco Cute, Eco Joz, etc., valves, servos, etc.) Solid Compounds
26 Living environment Master Batch of Colorant for Recycled Resin Pollution Prevention & Control  Recycled plastics colorant master batches (SPUNDYE, PEONY, PLAMASTER) Solid Compounds
27 Living environment Colorant master batch for yarn Pollution Prevention & Control  Masterbatch (SPUNDYE) of colorant for yarn (Reduction of environmental impact of wastewater by replacing dyeing) Solid Compounds
28 Living environment Hollow fiber membrane module for degassing/defoaming Pollution Prevention & Control  Deoxygenation module for boiler water supply: PF-030
Modules for defoaming developer: PF-004D
Defoaming modules for inkjet printers: EF-G Series
Application Materials
29 Living environment Sheet-form heat storage material Energy Efficiency Sheet-form heat storage material Application Materials
30 Living environment Non-solvent type double-coated adhesive tape Pollution Prevention & Control  Non-solvent type double-coated adhesive tape Application Materials
31 Digital printing Resins for casting 3D printers Energy Efficiency Phenolic resin for casting 3D printers (energy saving) Polymers
32 Digital printing Aqueous pigment dispersion for ink jet Pollution Prevention & Control  Aqueous digital printing material (low toxicity, low VOC) Fine Chemicals
33 Digital printing UV curable Ink Jet inks Pollution Prevention & Control  LED-UV curable digital printing inks (low VOC, low ozone, energy saving) Liquid Compounds
34 Packaging UV curable resin for ink Energy Efficiency UV curing resin for highly sensitive UV ink for LEDs Polymers
35 Packaging Branched polystyrene for food packaging Energy Efficiency Polystyrene resin for food packaging (multiple branches) Polymers
36 Packaging Solvent-free adhesives for lamination Pollution Prevention & Control  Adhesives for flexible packaging materials that do not use any organic solvents Printing Inks
37 Packaging Adhesives for lamination (using biomass-derived materials) Pollution Prevention & Control  Adhesives for flexible packaging materials containing at least 10% biomass -derived raw materials Printing Inks
38 Packaging Oxygen gas barrier lamination adhesive Pollution Prevention & Control  To reduce food loss by improving the oxygen gas barrier properties of packaging materials Printing Inks
39 Packaging Gravure ink (using biomass-derived materials) Pollution Prevention & Control  Gravure surface printing ink using biomass-derived raw materials such as rice bran and pine resins Printing Inks
40 Packaging Water-based flexo ink for laminated flexible packaging Pollution Prevention & Control Low VOC water-based flexo ink  (VOC in ink: < 5%) Printing Inks
41 Packaging Vegetable oil leaf ink Pollution Prevention & Control  Oily sheet-fed ink, eco-mark products, and vegetable-oil ink products Printing Inks
42 Packaging Vegetable oil offset ink Pollution Prevention & Control  Off-wheel ink, eco-mark products, and vegetable oil ink products Printing Inks
43 Packaging UV Offset printing ink Pollution Prevention & Control  High-sensitivity UV ink, eco-mark compatible products, and high-sensitivity UV (light-reducing printing, H-UV, LED) compatible Printing Inks
44 Packaging UV curable metal ink Pollution Prevention & Control  UV curable metal ink Printing Inks

Life Cycle Assessments: Currently Under Consideration

In recent years, manufacturers have been required to quantify their consumption of nonrenewable resources and their emissions of substances that negatively affect the environment. In response to this and other trends driven by common concerns, DIC is currently considering the introduction of life cycle assessment (LCA) initiatives to ensure it fully grasps the various environmental impacts of all DIC Group products, as well as the adoption of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol’s*1 Scope3*2 standard.

  • *1The Greenhouse Gas Protocol, or GHG Protocol, is a suite of standards for calculating and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • *2Scope 3 is the GHG Protocol’s standard for calculating indirect greenhouse gas emissions resulting from production, transport, business travel and commuting, among others, across entire supply chains.

We are promoting the development of next-generation products that stabilize human thermal environments, thereby reducing energy consumption and enhancing comfort.

In the construction field, promoting far-reaching measures to reduce energy consumption is an urgent challenge. The impact of living environments on residents’ health is also a subject of renewed scrutiny, further underscoring the importance of improving human thermal environments. With the aim of addressing this imperative, we developed and launched a new sheet-form passive heat storage material. Because the material itself absorbs and radiates heat, it helps to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures, reducing energy required for heating and cooling.
Conventional heat storage materials liquefy at a certain temperature, making their use in construction problematic. We leveraged proprietary technologies to create a material in sheet form that offers superb workability. To encourage widespread adoption of this product, we are currently promoting the creation of pertinent Japan Industrial Standards (JIS), among others. We have also begun submitting the material for use in projects to reduce energy consumption that are currently being supported by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. In addition, we are cultivating applications in such areas as agriculture, civil engineering, constant-temperature transportation and automobiles, efforts that have begun to yield some very interesting data.

Manager, Coating & Applied Materials Technical Group 3, Coating & Applied Materials Technical Division Kenichi Fujisaki

Manager, Coating & Applied Materials Technical Group 3,
Coating & Applied Materials Technical Division
Kenichi Fujisaki


We are developing environment-friendly packaging materials.

The PASLIM series is a selection of adhesives with oxygen-barrier properties that reduce the amount of packaging material waste. In recent years, we have seen an increase in the use of packaging materials comprising multiple layers of packaging filmlaminated together to package food products with the aim of prolonging shelf life. PASLIM was developed as an adhesive that would prevent oxygen permeation. The use of PASLIM eliminates the need to use multiple layers, facilitating the production of laminated packaging filmsthat are dramatically thinner and lighter than conventional filmsbut boast excellent oxygen-barrier properties. As well as preventing food deterioration, thinner, lighter filmsreduce the amount of packaging film sed and lower CO2 emissions attributable to such films.We will continue working to develop environment-friendly packaging materials with the aim of contributing to the realization of a sustainable society.

Head Researcher, Adhesives Technical Group 1, Adhesives Technical Division Masamitsu Arai

Head Researcher, Adhesives Technical Group 1,
Adhesives Technical Division
Masamitsu Arai


We are working to develop products that boast outstanding performance features and are environment-friendly.

One of the best examples of a DIC Group product that is both environment-friendly and delivers a superior performance is our VOC-free UV-curable printing inks. While the increasing predominance of electronic media has slowed growth in demand for printing inks in general, demand for UV-curable inks for use in packaging applications remains f rm, as a consequence of which these inks have become one of our principal products in the offset inks market. In recent years, awareness of the need to protect the natural environment and rising concern regarding product safety have spurred an increase in the use of environment-friendly energy-saving UV and UV-LED lamps, further drawing attention to these inks that coat cleanly and safely, underscoring fundamental changes in operating conditions for printing inks manufacturers. In response to such changes, we are capitalizing on the DIC Group’s proprietary polymer and pigment engineering technologies to develop products that boast outstanding performance features and are environment-friendly.

Assistant Manager, Dispersion Technology Group 9, Dispersion Technical Division 1 Keisuke Wakahara

Assistant Manager, Dispersion Technology Group 9, Dispersion
Technical Division 1
Keisuke Wakahara


We are developing PPS compounds for use in next-generation automotive components.

The outstanding heat resistance, electrical properties, chemical resistance and other performance features of PPS compounds have made them a popular alternative to metal materials for components used in automobiles, hot water heaters and lithium–ion batteries (LiBs), among others. With the remarkable rise in popularity of next-generation hybrid, electric and fuel cell vehicles, the need to reduce vehicle weight has accelerated efforts to shrink component size and increase motor output, underscoring the importance of developing new materials and mass production technologies. Our team will continue to address these challenges by capitalizing on the comprehensive strengths of the DIC Group. We look forward to helping expand the Group's share of the global market for PPS compounds.

GTS Project Assistant Manager, Polymer Processing Technical Div. Yasuyuki Yoshino

GTS Project Assistant Manager,
Polymer Processing Technical Div.
Yasuyuki Yoshino


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