DIC Corporation
TypePublic KK
TYO: 4631
FoundedTokyo, Japan February 1908; 115 years ago (1908-02)
FounderKijuro Kawamura
HeadquartersWaterras Tower, 101, Kanda Awajicho 2-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0063, Japan
Key people
RevenueIncrease ¥ 1054.2 billion JPY (FY2022)
Decrease ¥ 39.7 billion JPY (FY2022)
Number of employees
Consolidated 22,474 (As of December 31, 2021)
WebsiteOfficial website
Footnotes / references

DIC Corporation (DIC株式会社, Dī Ai Shī Kabushiki-gaisha) is Japanese chemical company, specializing in the development, manufacture and sale of inks, pigments, polymers, specialty plastics and compounds and biochemicals.[4]

It was founded in 1908 as Kawamura Ink Manufactory, renamed to Kawamura Kijuro Shoten in 1915, incorporated as Dainippon Printing Ink Manufacturing in 1937 and renamed to Dainippon Ink and Chemicals (DIC) in 1962 before the name was changed to the present name DIC Corporation in 2008 on the occasion of its 100th anniversary.[5] The company slogan "Color & Comfort By Chemistry" suggests that DIC products should deliver color and comfort to daily life.

The company operates worldwide (through 176 subsidiary and affiliate companies in 62 countries) and includes the Sun Chemical corporation, based in the Americas and Europe.[1]

DIC in Japan has 10 plants in Japan, located in Tokyo, Chiba, Hokuriku, Sakai, Kashima, Yokkaichi, Shiga, Komaki, Saitama, and Tatebayashi. The main research laboratory in Japan is located in Sakura, Chiba cooperating with DIC development centers in China (Qingdao DIC Finechemicals Co., Ltd., Qingdao, China) and the Sun Chemical Group's research laboratories (in USA, Germany and UK).[6]

The company is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.


Business and products

DIC is divided in 3 business units and 6 product divisions

Packaging & Graphic

Color & Display

Functional Product

DIC Color System Guide

See also: ja:DICカラーガイド

The DIC Color System Guide[7][8] is a spot color system, based on Munsell color theory.[9] It is common in Japan, and comparable in role to the Pantone systems.

Cultural activities



  1. ^ a b "Corporate Data". Retrieved March 26, 2014.
  2. ^ "Income Statements". Retrieved March 26, 2014.
  3. ^ "Annual Report 2013" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 26, 2014. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
  4. ^ "Company Profile". Reuters. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
  5. ^ "History of the DIC Corporation". Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  6. ^ "Research and Development of the DIC Corporation". Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  7. ^ DIC Digital Color Guide
  8. ^ About the DIC Digital Color Guide apps
  9. ^ The Informed Illustrator: Digital Spot Color Systems
  10. ^ "Renaissance Company Information". Retrieved 2014-02-19.