Toppan printing brings brookman technology on board as subsidiary

Toppan printing strengthens its position for entry into the 3D image sensing market.

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Tokyo – March 11, 2021 – Toppan Printing, a global leader in communication, security, packaging, décor materials, and electronics solutions, will acquire 89.1% of the outstanding stock of Brookman Technology, Inc. (Brookman Technology), a venture company originated from Shizuoka University and engaged in the development and sales of CMOS image sensors. Brookman Technology is scheduled to be made a subsidiary of Toppan by the end of March this year.

The increasingly advanced functions of smartphones and game devices and the growth in the use of autonomous robots for the industry are expected to drive the expansion of the market for 3D sensors, which gather peripheral information in three dimensions. As technological development advances, Time-of-Flight (ToF) 3D range image sensors, in particular, are being adopted for a wide range of devices on account of their compact form and low power consumption.

Toppan entered into a capital and business tie-up with Brookman Technology in 2017, and the two companies have subsequently collaborated on research and development in the field of 3D image sensing. By making Brookman Technology a subsidiary, Toppan aims to bolster joint efforts and enable a full-scale entry into the growing 3D image sensing market.

Toppan printing will generate Synergy by bringing together Brookman Technology’s track record in image sensor development and ToF sensor design technology with Toppan’s semiconductor circuit design capabilities. Obstacles to an expansion of 3D sensors include image lag and difficulties associated with outdoor use. Toppan aims to overcome these challenges and develop sensors suitable for practical application by taking advantage of Brookman Technology’s unique ToF sensor design capabilities for high-speed imaging, long-distance measurement, and disturbance tolerance.

Targeting rapid commercialization, the two companies will accelerate current joint research on 3D image sensing for autonomous robots and the game and augmented reality fields. The technology is also vitally important for generating data that maps the real world as part of Toppan’s digital transformation (DX) initiatives. Therefore, it will also be leveraged to drive existing DX operations and create new businesses centered on the use of ToF sensors.

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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.

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