On June 1, 2016, Kao Corporation (President and CEO: Michitaka Sawada) concluded an agreement to acquire Collins Inkjet Corporation (Headquarters: Ohio, U.S.) through a Kao Group company in the U.S.
Kao has been developing water-based pigment dispersions (pigment dispersing liquids) and ink to propose a new value in the inkjet ink market for industrial printing.
By further applying "pigment nano dispersion technology"*1 cultivated by Kao for years, in March this year Kao succeeded in developing the world's first water-based pigment inkjet ink*2 for printing on film materials used in flexible packaging.*3 With a VOC-free design*4 , the newly-developed ink allows for the supply of high-quality, environmental impact-reduced*5 printed materials.
Collins Inkjet Corporation, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. is engaged in development, manufacturing and sales of inkjet ink and related equipment. The company was an early entrant into the rapidly growing inkjet ink market for industrial printing. With its advanced ink designing technologies responding to a wide variety of inkjet heads and its reliability, the company has built a wide customer network. Collins Inkjet continues to focus on ink development to broaden the application range and expand the business globally.
By taking advantage of newly acquired technologies, manufacturing systems and sales networks from Collins Inkjet in addition to its own technologies, Kao will provide global customers with its innovative products and services that can contribute to the mitigation of environmental impact.
Outline of Collins Inkjet Corporation
• Company name: Collins Inkjet Corporation
• Established: 1990
• Location: Ohio, U.S.
• Business activities: Developing, manufacturing and selling of inkjet ink
• Employees: Approximately 90
The acquisition will be completed in July 2016.
About Kao Group
Kao Group provides its product lines in two business fields, consumer products used in daily life and chemical products to meet various needs of industry. Specifically, in the Chemical Business, Kao develops and provides globally such diversified products as fat and oil derivatives produced from natural fats and oils, surfactants, toners, toner binders and fragrances. Kao contributes to the enrichment of the lives of people, while meeting diverse needs in a wide range of global industries.