Taiyo Ink Mfg. Co., Ltd. established.
Taiyo Ink was established as a manufacturing and marketing company for printing ink in Minato-ku, Tokyo.
In Japanese, "taiyo" means "sun". The name was decided on because it reflects our desire to be a useful existence for people everywhere and bring light to the world like the sun, which gives its blessings to all life on earth.
Commenced printed wiring board (PWB) marketing.
Developed and commenced marketing of epoxy resin, thermally curable single-component solder resist.
Radical change in business policy
In a radical change in business policy, the company decided to switch from printing ink, its traditional mainstay since its founding, to solder resist products and other chemical materials for the electronics industry. At the time, the chemical materials business was still in the trial and error stage and the marketability of these products was unknown; the future of the company therefore rested on this decision.
Ranzan Plant (current Ranzan Facility) established.
The production capacity of the Niiza Plant, the company's main production facility at the time, was stretched to the limit on a daily basis due to the rapid rise in solder resist shipments to meet demand from foreign importers and others. The company decided to establish the Ranzan Plant, which has five times the site area of the Niiza Plant, in Ranzan-machi, Hiki-gun, Saitama Prefecture, drastically increasing its production capacity.
Exhibited liquid developable solder resist at the JPCA Show.
The company exhibited a more accurate developable solder resist capable of responding to increased density in printed wiring board production. The following year in 1985, the company developed the current standard liquid alkaline developable solder resist (PSR-4000) and applied for a basic patent. This patent was first granted in the UK in 1989, then in the USA, France, and Germany before being registered in Japan in 1993. Application patents have been registered from 1990 onwards in key countries.
TAIYO INK MFG. CO., (KOREA) LTD.
(now TAIYO INK CO., (KOREA) LTD.) as a joint venture in the Republic of Korea.
Commenced locally-based production overseas
In order to respond to rapidly increasing sales in Korea, TAIYO INK MFG. CO., (KOREA) LTD was established and locally-based production was commenced. With locally-based production commencing in the USA in 1995, Taiwan in 1998, and China in 2003, Taiyo Ink has built up a global supply system focused on local production and local marketing.
Completed construction of Technology Development Center at the Ranzan Facility.
Launched initial public offering on the over-the-counter market.
Established sales subsidiary
TAIYO AMERICA, INC. in Nevada, USA.
Commenced research and development into plasma display panel materials.
As a new development theme continuing on from printed wiring board materials, Taiyo Ink began research and development of plasma display panel materials. Plasma display panel material sales have expanded, and the field has grown to be the company's second largest.
Transferred Head Office to newly constructed building in Nerima-ku, Tokyo.
Developed and commenced marketing of package board solder resist, especially BGA solder resist.
Registered basic patent for alkaline developable solder resist in Japan.
Acquired ISO 9001 certification for Head Office and the Ranzan Facility.
Transformed USA sales subsidiary TAIYO AMERICA, INC. into a manufacturing and marketing company, and commenced local production.
Established local production subsidiary
TAIWAN TAIYO INK CO., LTD. in Taiwan.
Established sales subsidiaries TAIYO INK INTERNATIONAL (SINGAPORE) PTE LTD in Singapore and TAIYO INK INTERNATIONAL (H.K.) LTD. in Hong Kong.
Acquired QS 9000 certification for Head Office and the Ranzan Facility. Acquired ISO 14001 certification for the Ranzan Facility.
Listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Taiyo Ink was listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange on January 18, 2001. This was the first day that new companies were listed in 2001, and Taiyo Ink became the first company to be listed on the first section in the twenty-first century.
Opened the Ranzan-Kitayama Facility, the company's main domestic production base.
The Ranzan-Kitayama Facility was established to replace the Ranzan Facility as the main production base of printed wiring board materials. The Ranzan-Kitayama Facility has facilities to cope with highly-functional products including package board materials and achieves higher-quality products.
Established technical support subsidiary TAIYO INK (THAILAND) CO., LTD. in Thailand.
Established local production subsidiary
TAIYO INK (SUZHOU) CO., LTD. in China.
From the mid-2000s, the main suppliers of printed wiring boards shifted from Europe and the USA to Asia, and particularly to China. Taiyo Ink established TAIYO INK (SUZHOU) CO., LTD. as a local production base for the Chinese market, which has become a global industrial center, and began full operation in July 2003.
Acquired ISO 14001 certification for Head Office and Ranzan-Kitayama Facility.
Taiyo Ink's fiftieth anniversary.
Expanded sales of plasma display panel materials.
Sales of flat panel display materials exceeded 3 billion yen in the financial year ended March 2005. Sales continued to expand rapidly with the growth of the plasma TV market.
Established sales subsidiary TAIYO INK TRADING (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD. in Shenzhen, China.
Company Split implemented and corporate name changed to Taiyo Holdings Co., Ltd.
Obtained Taiwanese company, "Onstatic Technology Co., Ltd."'s share and made it subsidiary company.
Established photovoltaic power generation business subsidiary TAIYO GREEN ENERGY CO., LTD. in Japan.
Established TAIYO INK PRODUCTS CO., LTD. in Korea as a sales subsidiary of TAIYO INK MFG. CO., LTD.
Obtained Japanese company, "CHUGAI KASEI CO., LTD."'s share by a stock swap and made it subsidiary company.
Established pharmaceutical business subsidiary TAIYO Pharma Co., Ltd.
Obtained Japanese company, "MICRO NETWORK TECHNOLOGIES CORP."'s all outstanding share and made it subsidiary company.