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Investments

16

Portfolio Exits

4

Partners & Customers

9

About Dai Nippon Printing

Dai Nippon Printing (DNP) (TYO: 7912) is a commercial printer. The global firm produces books and magazines, dictionaries, catalogs, and business forms, as well as CD-ROMs, holograms, and smart cards. DNP's Lifestyle and Industrial Supplies segment makes decorative materials for use in fixtures and furniture, along with packaging for consumer products. The company's electronics products include photomasks used in the manufacture of integrated circuits and color filters for liquid crystal displays. DNP subsidiary CHI Group sells electronic books. DNP also owns a majority stake in Hokkaido Coca-Cola Bottling.

Dai Nippon Printing Headquarter Location

1-1-1, Ichigaya Kagacho Shinjuku-ku

Tokyo, 162-8001,

Japan

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DNP Develops Reflect Array to Expand 5G Coverage Area

Aug 31, 2021

Improves communication environment such as in the shadow of buildings TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP, TOKYO: 7912) has developed a Reflect Array that flexibly reflects the millimetre waves used in fifth generation (5G) mobile communications systems to expand coverage area. Compared to general metal reflectors, the new product is capable of reflecting millimetre waves in a more targeted manner. As a result, there are fewer restrictions on installation, making it possible to improve the communications environment in locations where radio waves have been difficult to reach, such as those in the shadow of buildings. In addition, the new product boasts superior design features allowing it to respond to various installation environment considerations. Background The 24GHz and above radio waves used in the high-speed large-capacity communications of 5G are higher frequency milliwaves than those used in 4G, and maintain a larger information capacity. At the same time, they are characterized by strong straightness properties and short reach, leading to radio waves being blocked in areas such as in the shadow of buildings making it difficult to ensure communication quality. Also, when adding base stations and relay equipment to resolve this issue, new challenges emerge, such as large costs and the difficulty of securing installation space. DNP has once again risen to the challenge, taken advantage of proprietary microfabrication technology, and by applying an original concept has successfully separated the Frequency Selection Reflection Layer that selectively reflects predetermined frequency bands while merely passing through other radio waves, and the Reflective Direction Control Layer, a special dielectric layer that decides the direction of incoming and reflected radio waves, to develop a Reflect Array that makes it easier to control for the characteristics of each layer. The newly developed product is cheaper than installing base stations and relay equipment, and does not require a power source. It can, therefore, be installed in a variety of location, which contributes to significant improvements in the 5G communications environment. Features Can be installed in a variety of locations Unlike metal reflectors that reflect radio waves directly as in a mirror, the newly developed product is a reflective array capable of the asymmetric reflection of specific frequency radio waves. It is possible to flexibly set the frequency band to be reflected, the incidence angle of the radio waves received from the base station, and the reflection angle to deliver the radio waves, along with the spread of the reflection waves. As a result, it is now possible to effectively deliver radio waves to locations where it was previously difficult to do so. As a power source is no longer needed the new product can also be used in locations where installation space is restricted. Effective designs based on original concepts The new product is comprised of three layers: the Frequency Selective Surface Layer that selectively reflects predetermined frequency bands while merely passing through other radio waves, the Reflective Direction Control Layer that decides the direction of incoming and reflected radio waves, and a Design Cover Layer that not only protects these two layers, but also provides the durability required of construction materials along with high level design features that are conducive to various installation environment considerations. Effective improvement of radio wave conditions We have made it is possible to pre-adjust the spread of the reflection waves in answer to the desire to deliver reflection waves over a broad area, or to gather those waves into specific devices. Reduces the impact on existing radio waves Unlike metal reflectors that reflect all radio waves, the new product passes through all but target radio waves, reducing the impact on existing radio waves. Superior design features It is possible to print various patterns on the surface of the Design Cover Layer, making it possible to add external designs, including interior, exterior and advertising signboards. Usage Scene Recently, we have seen more companies and organizations consider the adoption of 5G as a means of targeting the realization of smart cities and smart factories that exploit robots and the Internet of Things (IoT). Commercialization efforts are already underway. With the development of the Reflect Array, we anticipate the following installation instances in cases where the radio wave environment is expected to deteriorate due to obstacles, and aim to link these initiatives to the spread of 5G. Improvement of the communication environment behind radio wave shields in smart factories Improvement of mobile device usage environment indoors at business offices and educational sites Usage at exhibition spaces where layouts change with each event and radio wave shielding conditions alter Usage at stadiums and amusement facilities where area-specific information is delivered Applications leveraging design elements, such as urban buildings, walls and signboards that require harmony with the surrounding environment Looking Ahead DNP will work jointly with various communications-related companies, including communications carriers, to verify the functionality of the new product, aiming for commercialization from FY 2023. The new product is a Passive type Reflect Array that fixes the reflection direction of the radio waves. We will engage in joint development of an Active type Reflect Array with multiple companies, and this research has been selected as a national project in FY2021. About DNP DNP is one of the world’s largest comprehensive printing companies, providing a diverse portfolio of products and services to about 20,000 corporate clients worldwide. Since we were founded in 1876, we have consistently innovated new products and processes, and have successfully integrated proprietary printing and information technologies to branch out into various fields, including packaging, decorative materials, display components, and electronic devices. DNP continues to take on the challenge of new business fields, including those related to the environment, energy, and life sciences. Our aim is to become a principal provider of solutions to a variety of problems by developing and combining new technologies. Contacts

Dai Nippon Printing Investments

16 Investments

Dai Nippon Printing has made 16 investments. Their latest investment was in Ultimatrust as part of their Series A on April 4, 2021.

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Dai Nippon Printing Investments Activity

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Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

4/5/2021

Series A

Ultimatrust

$3.06M

Yes

1

3/5/2021

Unattributed VC - III

Infcurion Group

$22.1M

Yes

4

2/5/2021

Corporate Minority - II

BPM

Yes

2

6/17/2020

Seed

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$99M

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10

1/27/2020

Corporate Minority - V

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$99M

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10

Date

4/5/2021

3/5/2021

2/5/2021

6/17/2020

1/27/2020

Round

Series A

Unattributed VC - III

Corporate Minority - II

Seed

Corporate Minority - V

Company

Ultimatrust

Infcurion Group

BPM

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$3.06M

$22.1M

$99M

$99M

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Yes

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Sources

1

4

2

10

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Dai Nippon Printing Portfolio Exits

4 Portfolio Exits

Dai Nippon Printing has 4 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was Kaizen Platform on December 22, 2020.

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12/22/2020

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Dai Nippon Printing Acquisitions

1 Acquisition

Dai Nippon Printing acquired 1 company. Their latest acquisition was Will Smart on March 01, 2018.

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3/1/2018

Corporate Minority - V

Shareholder Liquidity - II

2

Date

3/1/2018

Investment Stage

Corporate Minority - V

Companies

Valuation

Total Funding

Note

Shareholder Liquidity - II

Sources

2

Dai Nippon Printing Partners & Customers

9 Partners and customers

Dai Nippon Printing has 9 strategic partners and customers. Dai Nippon Printing recently partnered with AI Inside on April 4, 2021.

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Type

Business Partner

Country

News Snippet

Sources

4/21/2021

Vendor

AI Inside

Japan

1

6/30/2020

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10

6/11/2019

Licensor

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10

3/26/2019

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3/19/2018

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4/21/2021

6/30/2020

6/11/2019

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3/19/2018

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Vendor

Business Partner

AI Inside

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