Promoting Environment-Friendly Products

Promoting Environment-Friendly Products

The DIC Group is committed to effective stewardship of the products it provides. (For related information, please see pages 64, 105 and 113.) 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 2018, environment-friendly products accounted for 57.0% 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.

DIC introduced a system for designating environment-friendly products and uses a proprietary sheet to evaluate products based on energy consumption, materials to be used, hazards and waste generated, as well as to conduct life cycle assessments.

DIC introduced a system for designating environment-friendly products and uses a proprietary sheet to evaluate products based on energy consumption, materials to be used, hazards and waste generated, as well as to conduct life cycle assessments.

Introducing the DIC Sustainability Index

To ensure that stakeholders understand the true worth of DIC Group products and solutions that address social imperatives, in addition to being environment-friendly, the Group introduced a proprietary sustainability index. The Group aims to begin using the DIC Sustainability Index in fiscal year 2020.

Products that Contribute the Realization of Clean Technologies

The DIC Group develops materials that contribute to the realization of clean technologies designed to help 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 ¥164.4 billion.

The DIC Group is conscious of the need to promote the 3Rs (“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”) for resources. The Group is working to help reduce materials used by its customers in such areas as plasticizers, adhesives and adhesive tapes, by making products thinner while maintaining strength. To promote recycling, the Group is developing and launching products with recyclable constituent substances and advancing businesses that encourage recycling. The Group is also taking active steps to help reduce waste plastic and marine plastic, recognizing these as challenges that, as a manufacturer of fine chemicals, it has a responsibility to address.

Environment-Friendly Web Offset Ink

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.

Web World SYNERGY ECORE low temperature–drying web offset inks

Web World SYNERGY ECORE low temperature–drying web offset inks

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.

Energy

01Binders for lithium-ion batteries

Clean TechEnergy Efficiency
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechCathode binder for lithium-ion batteries (LIB)
Business SegmentsPolymers

02Binders for lithium-ion battery separators

Clean TechEnergy Efficiency
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechBinders for separators in lithium-ion batteries
Business SegmentsLiquid Compounds

03Adhesives for solar cell backsheets

Clean TechAlternative Energy
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechAdhesives for solar cell backsheets
Business SegmentsLiquid Compounds

04Adhesives for lithium-ion battery packs

Clean TechEnergy Efficiency
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechAdhesives for lithium-ion battery packs
Business SegmentsLiquid Compounds

05PPS compounds (fuel cell component materials)

Clean TechAlternative Energy
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechFuel cell components (Industrial & residential, insulating plate & manifold) Fuel cell peripherals (Industrial & residential, water piping)
Business SegmentsSolid Compounds

06White masterbatch for photovoltaic backing sheets and encapsulants

Clean TechAlternative Energy
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechPhotovoltaic backing sheets and white masterbatches (SPUNDYE, PEONY)
Business SegmentsSolid Compounds

Electronics

07Pigments for color filters

Clean TechEnergy Efficiency
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechLC display materials
Business SegmentsFine Chemicals

08Resins for LED substrates

Clean TechGreen Building
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechAmidoimide resin for LED white substrates (energy saving)
Business SegmentsPolymers

09Encapsulant and resin for circuit boards

Clean TechPollution Prevention & Control
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechEpoxy resins (halogen-free) for encapsulants and circuit boards
Business SegmentsPolymers

10Nanosilver ink

Clean TechPollution Prevention & Control
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechCopper plating catalyst (resource saving)
Business SegmentsLiquid Compounds

11PPS compounds (LED sockets, etc.)

Clean TechGreen Building
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechLED sockets (heat radiation)
Business SegmentsSolid Compounds

Coating

12Water-based resins for paints

Clean TechPollution Prevention & Control
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechWater-based polyester resins for paints, acrylic resins, silicone resins, and isocyanate resins
Business SegmentsPolymers

13UV curable resin for hard coating

Clean TechEnergy Efficiency
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechSilica hybrid hardcoat
Business SegmentsPolymers

14Resins for plant-based paints

Clean TechPollution Prevention & Control
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechResins for paints using plant-derived materials
Business SegmentsPolymers

15Resins for powder coating

Clean TechPollution Prevention & Control
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechSolid resin. Be free of organic solvents
Business SegmentsPolymers

16UV curing resin for optical disk surface coating

Clean TechPollution Prevention & Control
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechUV curing resin material for optical disks (non-VOC)
Business Segments Liquid Compounds

17EB curable coating

Clean TechPollution Prevention & Control
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechEB curable coating agent. Toxic gasesFor gravure offset printing.
Business SegmentsPrinting Inks

Automotive

18CFRP resins

Clean TechEnergy Efficiency
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechEpoxy resins for CFRP (weight reduction of aircraft and automobiles)
Business SegmentsPolymers

19Aluminum wire harness coating

Clean TechEnergy Efficiency
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechAluminum wire harness coating
Business SegmentsPolymers

20Water-based surface treatment agent for interior parts of vehicles

Clean TechPollution Prevention & Control
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechWater-based coatings material (low VOC)
Business Segments Liquid Compounds

21PPS compounds (HV/EV components), Automotive electronic control component materials

Clean TechEnergy Efficiency
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechHV/EV parts (motor parts & PCU parts & cooling parts, etc.)
Li-ion battery components (gaskets)
Electronic control components (various sensors for automotive)
Business SegmentsSolid Compounds

Living environment

22Synthetic/artificial leather water-based resins

Clean TechPollution Prevention & Control
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechSynthetic leather and artificial leather (replacement of solvent-based water-based leather)
Business SegmentsPolymers

23Solvent-free resins for synthetic/artificial leather

Clean TechPollution Prevention & Control
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechSynthetic leather and artificial leather (replacement of solvent-based leather with solvent-free type)
Business SegmentsPolymers

24Water-based pigment dispersion

Clean TechPollution Prevention & Control
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechColorants for textiles (reduction of wastewater)
Business Segments Liquid Compounds

25PPS compound (material for piping parts)

Clean TechEnergy Efficiency
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechEnergy-saving hot water heater parts (Eco Cute, Eco Joz, etc., valves, servos, etc.)
Business SegmentsSolid Compounds

26Master Batch of Colorant for Recycled Resin

Clean TechPollution Prevention & Control
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechRecycled plastics colorant master batches (SPUNDYE, PEONY, PLAMASTER)
Business SegmentsSolid Compounds

27Colorant master batch for yarn

Clean TechPollution Prevention & Control
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechMasterbatch (SPUNDYE) of colorant for yarn (Reduction of environmental impact of wastewater by replacing dyeing)
Business SegmentsSolid Compounds

28Hollow fiber membrane module for degassing/defoaming

Clean TechPollution Prevention & Control
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechDeoxygenation module for boiler water supply: PF-030
Modules for defoaming developer: PF-004D
Defoaming modules for inkjet printers: EF-G Series
Business SegmentsApplication Materials

29Sheet-form heat storage material

Clean TechEnergy Efficiency
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechSheet-form heat storage material
Business SegmentsApplication Materials

30Non-solvent type double-coated adhesive tape

Clean TechPollution Prevention & Control
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechNon-solvent type double-coated adhesive tape
Business SegmentsApplication Materials

Digital printing

31Resins for casting 3D printers

Clean TechEnergy Efficiency
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechPhenolic resin for casting 3D printers (energy saving)
Business SegmentsPolymers

32Aqueous pigment dispersion for ink jet

Clean TechPollution Prevention & Control
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechAqueous digital printing material (low toxicity, low VOC)
Business SegmentsFine Chemicals

33UV curable Ink Jet inks

Clean TechPollution Prevention & Control
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechLED-UV curable digital printing inks (low VOC, low ozone, energy saving)
Business Segments Liquid Compounds

Packaging

34UV curable resin for ink

Clean TechEnergy Efficiency
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechUV curing resin for highly sensitive UV ink for LEDs
Business SegmentsPolymers

35Branched polystyrene for food packaging

Clean TechEnergy Efficiency
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechPolystyrene resin for food packaging (multiple branches)
Business SegmentsPolymers

36Solvent-free adhesives for lamination

Clean TechPollution Prevention & Control
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechAdhesives for flexible packaging materials that do not use any organic solvents
Business SegmentsPrinting Inks

37Adhesives for lamination (using biomass-derived materials)

Clean TechPollution Prevention & Control
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechAdhesives for flexible packaging materials containing at least 10% biomass -derived raw materials
Business SegmentsPrinting Inks

38Oxygen gas barrier lamination adhesive

Clean TechPollution Prevention & Control
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechTo reduce food loss by improving the oxygen gas barrier properties of packaging materials
Business SegmentsPrinting Inks

39Gravure ink (using biomass-derived materials)

Clean TechPollution Prevention & Control
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechGravure surface printing ink using biomass-derived raw materials such as rice bran and pine resins
Business SegmentsPrinting Inks

40Water-based flexo ink for laminated flexible packaging

Clean TechPollution Prevention & Control
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechLow VOC water-based flexo ink (VOC in ink: < 5%)
Business SegmentsPrinting Inks

41Vegetable oil leaf ink

Clean TechPollution Prevention & Control
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechOily sheet-fed ink, eco-mark products, and vegetable-oil ink products
Business SegmentsPrinting Inks

42Vegetable oil offset ink

Clean TechPollution Prevention & Control
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechOff-wheel ink, eco-mark products, and vegetable oil ink products
Business SegmentsPrinting Inks

43UV Offset printing ink

Clean TechPollution Prevention & Control
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechHigh-sensitivity UV ink, eco-mark compatible products, and high-sensitivity UV (light-reducing printing, H-UV, LED) compatible
Business SegmentsPrinting Inks

44UV curable metal ink

Clean TechPollution Prevention & Control
Explanation of the application from the viewpoint of Clean TechUV curable metal ink
Business SegmentsPrinting 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.

  • The Greenhouse Gas Protocol, or GHG Protocol, is a suite of standards for calculating and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Scope 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.

VOICE

We are promoting the development of waterborne polyurethane resins that will contribute to the success of the SDGs.

Assistant Manager, Polymer Technical Group 6, Polymer Technical Division 2 Tomohiro Tetsui

Amid rising environmental concerns, including climate change, and increasingly urgent social imperatives, companies today face an ever-more diverse array of challenges. DIC is working to develop products that take into account the global environment, ecosystems, socioeconomic systems and other factors, with the aim of contributing to sustainability. Our group focuses on polyurethane resins that impart both texture and durability to solvent-based artificial and synthetic leathers used in automotive interiors, furniture and clothing, which DIC supplies to customers around the world. We are also contributing to the circular economy by developing production processes that achieve significantly improved efficiency and adopting bio-derived raw materials.

Assistant Manager, Polymer Technical Group 6, Polymer Technical Division 2 Tomohiro Tetsui

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

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

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

We are developing environment-friendly packaging materials.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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