By coordinating our four bases across Japan, we have built a system that is safe and secure even in the event of a natural disasters. Since data and operations can be shared among production bases in the east and west, production lines can be quickly restored even in times of emergency or difficulty in procuring materials.
Japan faces risks such as damage from an earthquake directly below the capital. In the event of such a large-scale earthquake or tsunami, we have established a system to activate a BCP and maintain our operations so that the lives of our stakeholders, including our customers who support us, as well as our employees, will not be affected.
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.