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Japanese-German Cultural Exchange During drupa

Press release from the issuing company

May 11, 2004 -- Nobuyasu Uchida and Shingo Uchida, President and Managing Director respectively of IN-TEX CO., LTD., a commercial printing plant in Nagasaki, Japan, combined their visit to Germany for drupa with a cultural exchange. They presented the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz with documentation, the result of 20 years research work, about the development of printing in Japan. Shozo Motoki was Japans “Gutenberg“. In the mid-19th century he developed movable type for printing Japanese characters. Prior to this, printing was only possible using complete woodcuts as formes. Shozo Motoki’s invention was thus the catalyst for the triumphant progress of the graphic arts in Japan as well. His work was researched by the Japanese Printing Industry Association and the 20-year project was managed by Nobuyasu Uchida, President of IN-TEX, who had the results published in a book which he presented to the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz on the occasion of drupa 2004. He also presented the museum with Japanese characters made of metal, replicas of those developed by Motoki, to be used as exhibits. Besides this cultural exchange, a visit to MAN Roland was also on the agenda and the IN-TEX management team made a tour of the Offenbach factories after visiting drupa, but not before they had decided in Düsseldorf to invest anew in ROLAND 700 presses. An eight-colour and a four-colour press, both convertible, will soon be increasing production capacity in Nagasaki.