Press Releases

Kao Named One of the ‘World’s Most Ethical Companies’ for Eleven Consecutive Years – 3/14/17

Kao Corporation was recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies 2017 by the Ethisphere Institute, a U.S. think tank that specializes in research on corporate ethics and social responsibility, on March 13, 2017. Since the award’s inception in 2007, Kao is the only Japanese company that has received this recognition for eleven straight years.

The “World’s Most Ethical Companies” is an annual recognition bestowed on companies that have achieved significant results for corporate transparency, fairness, ethics and compliance. The institute has surveyed and evaluated companies the world over in five categories: 1) Ethics and Compliance Program; 2) Reputation, Leadership and Innovation; 3) Corporate Citizenship and Responsibility; 4) Governance; and 5) Culture of Ethics to select the World’s Most Ethical Companies.

Michitaka Sawada, President and CEO declared: “We are honored to be recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for 11 consecutive years. For 130 years, we have upheld the value of Integrity passed down from Kao’s founder. As a core value, we positioned Integrity as the foundation of the Kao Group Mid-term Plan 2020 (K20), which started from this year. This Integrity continues to be embraced as K20 guides the group’s daily business activities.”

“Kao is the only company in Japan that we have honored on the World’s Most Ethical Companies list every year since the award’s inception,” said Ethisphere’s Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich. “It underscores their commitment to engaging in business with integrity and we hope they will continue to lead their industry in advancing ethical standards and practices.”

As a foundation of its business activities, Kao advocates Integrity. This core value, inherited from Kao’s founder, indicates that Kao is committed to abiding by laws and ethical principles to engage in honest and healthy corporate activities. To apply this core value in daily business practice, Kao has established the “Kao Business Conduct Guidelines,” and instills the concept of Integrity in all Group members through training programs that incorporate the characteristics and case studies of individual countries.

In addition to these approaches, Kao continues initiatives to contribute to the preservation of the global environment and to solve social issues through its business activities and to create a vibrant and diverse working environment in accordance with the Kao Sustainability Statement.

The Kao Group will continue to strive for the wholehearted satisfaction and enrichment of the lives of people globally and to contribute to the sustainability of society.



Kao creates high-value-added products that enrich the lives of consumers around the world. Through its portfolio of over 20 leading brands such as AttackBioréGoldwellJergensJohn FriedaKaneboLaurierMerries and Molton Brown, Kao is part of the everyday lives of people in Asia, Oceania, North America and Europe. Combined with its chemical division, which contributes to a wide range of industries, Kao generates about 1,500 billion yen in annual sales. Kao employs about 33,000 people worldwide and has 130 years of history in innovation. Please visit the Kao Group website for updated information.

Kao Acquires Collins Inkjet – 7/1/16

Collins Inkjet is excited to announce that Kao Corporation has acquired Collins Corporation. Kao Corporation, while a relative newcomer to inkjet, has world-class dispersion and polymer chemistries that offer the promise of better, more robust ink solutions. Kao Collins has been developing innovative inkjet solutions for over 26 years. By joining forces, the two companies look forward to expanding the application space for inkjet printing.

The current management of Collins Inkjet will remain in place. Collins will continue to operate out of its facilities in Cincinnati, Ohio and Berlin, Germany.

View Kao’s official release here.

Q: What does this mean for current customers?
A: Business as usual. Customers can expect to receive the same service and support that they’ve always received from Collins.

Q: How does this affect the ordering process?
A: Day to day operations such as placing orders and receiving technical assistance will remain unchanged.

Q: Does this affect distributors and other partners?
A: Kao Collins will continue to move forward and honor all existing contracts.

Q: Why did Kao Collins make this decision?
A: Kao Collins has continued to expand both vertically and horizontally. Moving forward, Kao Collins will need to be able to support an ever-increasing customer base worldwide. Not only does Kao have fundamental dispersion technology which should enable Kao Collins to improve and expand its product portfolio, but Kao has an existing infrastructure, which can be leveraged to support the growth of Collins.

Q: Who is Kao Corporation?
A: Kao Corporation is a large, wide-ranging Japanese company that has a presence in both consumer products and industrial industries. Kao Corporation prides itself on its integrity and the promotion of environmentally friendly solutions.

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Collins Ink Changes Name to Collins Inkjet, Begins Refurbishing KV Equipment – 9/8/13

Collins Ink Corporation is changing its name to Collins Inkjet Corporation. The name change is to reflect Collins Inkjet’s expansion into printer upgrades, parts, and support.

Collins Ink has a 23-year history of working closely with customers of high-speed inkjet printers. Recently, customers have asked Collins to refurbish Kodak Versamark print heads. Presently, Kodak has a monopoly on the refurbishment of print heads used in Kodak Versamark printers. Collins Inkjet’s goal is to become a full service alternative for all parts for Kodak Versamark brand printers.

In addition to print head refurbishment, Collins Inkjet is also introducing an upgrade to Kodak’s 6240 fluid stations. The upgrade extends the useful life of the fluid stations by as much as 10-15 years. Collins Inkjet is introducing its upgraded fluid stations at Print 13 in Chicago.

Some of Collins Inkjet’ customers and OEM partners also asked Collins Inkjet to provide support services for many of their current printers. In response, Collins Inkjets has set up a service organization with plans for expansion over the next two years. Collins Inkjet is experimenting with the idea of providing service contracts with a number of select customers and support services for other OEM’s.

Lexmark Funai Acquisition – 4/1/13

It was announced Monday, April 1 that Funai Electric Company, Ltd. has acquired Lexmark International, Inc.’s inkjet-related technology and assets. Lexmark’s press release states: “The acquisition of the inkjet-related technology and assets will enable Funai to launch new inkjet hardware and supplies under Funai’s own brands. Funai has established a strategy to develop and grow its inkjet printer business by introducing Funai’s own inkjet printers and supplies into the market. With the inkjet patents, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and comprehensive R&D capabilities, Funai will be able to accelerate the expansion of its inkjet business.”

As a Lexmark technology partner since 2009, Collins is excited about the news and what that means for the future. The Collins-Lexmark business has seen significant growth over the past few years and Collins Inks will continue to formulate innovative inks that expand the capabilities the Lexmark technology. For Collins Ink customers, it is business as usual; there will not be a disruption of supplies.