We have been manufacturing inks for more than 100 years, since our founding in 1895.
Here is an introduction to the past and future of Teikoku Printing Inks, in chronological order.

  1. 1895

    Akabori Inks Mfg. Co. begins manufacturing
  2. 1918

    Changed the name to Teikoku Printing Ink Mfg. Co.
  3. 1944

    Mr. Chiaki Sawanobori bought Teikoku Printing Ink Mfg. Co.
  4. 1961

    Changed the company name to Teikoku Printing Inks Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
  5. 1964

    Established new plant and laboratory in Mitaka City near Tokyo
  6. 1972

    Obtained license from Sericol Group of UK, the world largest screen printing ink manufacturer; began manufacturing screen printing ink in Japan
  7. 1973

    Established the Yamanashi plant for manufacturing screen printing inks
  8. 1981

    First color guide for screen printing ink first sold in Japan
  9. 1984

    Mr. Tahei Sawanobori elected president
  10. 1989

    New Headquarters building (T3C Building) completed
  11. 1993

    New laboratory building, T3C Technical Center, completed
  12. 1995

    Celebrated Centennial Anniversary
  13. 1998

    Yamanashi plant approved as ISO 9002 certified plant
  14. 1999

    Founded T&CM Screen Printing Inks (M) Sdn. Bhd. In Malaysia
  15. 2001

    Yamanashi plant approved as ISO 9001:2000 certified plant
  16. 2003

    Founded a JV “Teikoku & Chaiyaboon Co., Ltd.” In Thailand
    Founded CaiHuang (Shanghai) Fine Chemical Co. Ltd. In Shanghai, China
  17. 2005

    Held memorial ceremony celebrating 110th anniversary
  18. 2006

    CaiHuang (Shanghai) Fine Chemical Co.,LTD.: ISO 9001 & ISO 14001 certified
    Color Matching Station in Mitaka Plant : ISO 9001 certified
    Teikoku Printing Inks Mfg. (M) Sdn. Bhd. : ISO 9001 certified
  19. 2007

    Color Matching Station in Head Office: ISO 9001 certified Established T3C Technical Center Annex
  20. 2010

    Celebrated 115th Anniversary
  21. 2012

    Founded Teikoku Ink (Thailand) Co., Ltd. in Thailand.
  22. 2014

    Founded Teikoku Printing Inks India Pvt., Ltd. in India
  23. 2015

    Celebrated 120th Anniversary
    Tahei Sawanobori is appointed Chairman and CEO
    Nobunari Sawanobori is appointed President and COO
  24. 2016

    Teikoku Printing Inks India Pvt., Ltd: ISO 9001 & ISO 14001 certified
  25. 2019

    Yamanashi plant is expanded. The site area becomes 37,464 sq. m.
  26. 2020

    Celebrated 125th Anniversary
  27. 2021

    Acquired Marabu GmbH & Co. KG, a German company.
  28. 2023

    Zhejiang Caihuang Specialty Chemicals Co.,Ltd
    Acquired ISO9001 and ISO14001 certification


Always beyond the call of duty, always the extra mile.