Who we are

HQ : Wakayama Prefecture
Established : 1968
Employees : 240

Our company was founded in 1968 as a specialized producer of automatic stamping machines in Wakayama City, Wakayama Prefecture, and has been striving for technological progress by specializing in the technical field of printing. In Shanghai, China, we formed a local subsidiary in 2002, and in Chennai, India, we built a local subsidiary in 2013, driving our expansion on the global market.

We’re focused on developing innovative approaches in Japan, such as edible inks and capsule ink. As a technology development-oriented company, we are further strengthening our technological capabilities by thoroughly investigating high-precision microfabrication technology and droplet technology.

We received ISO9001 certification in 2003 and ISO14001 certification in 2004.


Our vision

It makes no difference how small it is.
Find something that individuals are unwilling or unable to perform.
Once you’ve found something, go after it with everything you’ve got.
You might one day become the best in the world if you do this.

It is a way of life to strive to be the best.
Being at the top is, above all, the most interesting.
This concept underpins all of our product development efforts.

Our services/products

Kishu Giken is the only company in Japan that specializes in the development, manufacture, and sale of inkjet printers and inks. We have also created an automated stamping machines that supplies a significant share of the domestic market and DOD (drop on-demand) Inkjet Printers which account for more than half of the domestic market. In order to give shape to the voice of the market, we are working on further development of new businesses based on marking technology from a global perspective.

Clean room

Our company’s products consists of:
➣Drop on demand inkjet printers (DOD): The term “Drop-On-Demand” refers to jetting ink droplets only when necessary. DOD printers are mainly used for the printing of company names, product names, lot numbers, and relatively large characters like QR codes and various types of barcodes on the outside of cardboard boxes.
➣Continuous inkjet printers (CIJ): Unlike DOD, CIJ printers deliver a steady stream of ink. The ink flow is controlled with an electrical charge that directs ink droplets to the substrate or diverts them into a recovery system. CIJ printers can be applied to impermeable materials such as coated papers, plastics, metals, and so forth.
➣Roller Coder (Stamping Machine): Japan’s very first automatic stamping machine
➣Print inspection device: A device that aims to detect printing defects in inkjet printers
➣UV irradiators for industrial inkjet printers
➣Metal nanoparticle ink: We sell silver nanoparticle ink. Silver nanoparticles are the most widely used conductive material in the field of printed electronics. We make our own silver nanoparticle inks, and we have four different types with different metal content and solvents.


Our engineering team

What projects/services is your engineering team working on?

Design and development of industrial inkjet printer products. Products can be developed for both DOD (drop on demand) and CIJ (continuous ink jet).

What technologies are you using?

Software Development: C, C++, C#, embedded microcomputer Circuit Design: QR CAD, VHDL Mechanical designs: 3D CAD, CFD, micro-machining Ink development: IR, gas chromatography, SEM, disperser, centrifuge

What type of engineers work at your company? What is their job content?

Within the departments, we have different teams that develop software, mechanical design, electrical circuits, and components.

Do you plan on using any new technologies in the future?

Product development that implements predictive maintenance, such as using AI to prompt maintenance before a problem occurs, etc.

Our corporate culture

Each employee is aware of their responsibilities and works diligently to fulfill them. The organization as a whole has a welcoming corporate culture, and we work together across departments. Furthermore, we value our employees’ motivation, and the company actively supports the acquisition of new skills and knowledge through external training and online courses.
We also host a number of in-house events, such as bowling tournaments, family barbecue parties, and corporate outings.

Although we have not been able to hold such events due to the COVID pandemic, we usually do so to strengthen employee exchanges.

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