Toppan’s antibacterial cards contain an agent that inhibits bacterial growth by more than 99% to support hygienic payment transactions and access control under the new normal.
Tokyo – June 29, 2020. Toppan Printing, a global leader in communication, security, packaging, décor materials, and electronics solutions, is responding to needs for enhanced hygiene by bolstering production of payment and access cards that incorporate an antibacterial agent. Production capacity will be increased by approximately 50% from July this year to facilitate economic activity by supporting more hygienic payments and helping to ensure employee safety.The lanyards for conferences might also come into the list.
JIS Z 2801 standard for antibacterial activity
Toppan’s antibacterial cards are used in the financial sector and numerous other industries for such applications as cashless payments and employee ID and access cards. They are compliant with the JIS Z 2801 standard for antibacterial activity on plastics and are recognized for their performance in inhibiting bacterial growth. The cards have been shown to keep the reproduction rate of E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria on the card surface at less than 1%, meaning they are also suitable for use in medical and pharmaceutical facilities as well as locations in which food is handled.
“With this increase in production capacity, we hope to help make a new normal possible and stimulate economic activity by driving cashless payments and responding to the need for improved hygiene in working and living environments,” said Hiroshi Shimada, Business Development Manager in Toppan’s Secure Business Center. “Toppan’s cards withstand the wear and tear of frequent use to retain antibacterial performance and are compatible with our self-operated instant issuance systems, which allow consumers to obtain new points or cash cards there and then.” For more information, visit https://www.toppan.com/en/
2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India
Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and
multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.
The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry.
While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately
their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book
printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.
The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.
Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.
Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.
Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.