Target scope for BCP: The environmentally friendly printing that SNP aims to achieve has its facilities based in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area, and is therefore confronted by the risks of being damaged in the event of an earthquake that hits the Tokyo area directly. In order to ensure that our partners, who support our environmentally friendly printing initiatives, as well as the lives of our employees, are not impacted even in the event of such large-scale earthquakes or tsunami damage, we formulate a BCP for our Haneda Tokyo Plant and Tokyo Branch, and educate our employees about it. We also build a BCMS in order to maintain the operation of the BCP.
We have traveled this far based on this conviction, but are now being compelled to come up with a new strategy due to economic and environmental challenges that are coming at us with tsunami-like force. In the face of the economic recession confronting us, and the issues of the low-carbon society that cannot face further delays, what are the answers that the printing industry can offer?
SNP was established in Takamatsu in 1959 and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009. During this time, it successfully made its entry into Osaka and Tokyo. In 2006, a full-fledged printing factory was established in Haneda, something that had been considered impossible in the heart of Tokyo. All the seven printing machines carry out waterless printing, and are cutting-edge, environmentally friendly models that contribute to the elimination of industrial effluent and the reduction of CO2 emissions. We also rapidly connected its domestic bases through a high-speed communications network, and achieved full digitalization of our production processes. We succeeded in meeting our customers’ demands for short delivery times and one-stop services, ranging from planning and design to printing and processing.
Our activities over the past 50 years have borne fruit. In 2011, we were honored to receive the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award for the 10th Printing Industry Environmental Excellence Plant Awards. In that moment, our dream of becoming a business for environmentally friendly printing was fulfilled. However, during the same year, Japan was shaken by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Bearing that in mind, we set our resolve to satisfy our target customers, as well as to tackle the challenge of heading toward printing of an even higher dimension, so as to ensure that our business management, which is prepared for extraordinary natural phenomena, can pave the way to the next generation of environmentally friendly printing.