According to a press release, DNP plans to start producing receiver paper for dye sublimation thermal transfer printing at the Odawara site from 2008. The company intends to position the facility as the core production base for the its digital photo print business. Manufacturing of silver-halide color photographic paper will be continued.
DNP, a specialist in printing and information technologies, started the production of dye sublimation thermal transfer recording media in the late 1980s and purchased Pixel Magic Imaging, the photo kiosk specialist of San Marcos, Texas, USA, in 2005.
Effective July 1, 2006, DNP also took over Konica Minolta’s ID Imaging Business, which operates ID photo boxes in railway stations and shopping centers as well as Konica Minolta’s domestic sales of photo related products. According to a press release, DNP plans to become a system supplier of products and services related to the printing of digital photographs including the production of various print media and the development and marketing of printing systems.