Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: What are features of PLA products of Daido Shiko ?

A1: Those products are made from environmentally friendly PLA materials. Even so, they are as transparent as conventional plastics, and also easy to process, and can be beautifully printed on, too.

Q2: Why is Daido Shiko particular about using PLA materials ?

A2: Daido Shiko has successfully developed 100% plant-derived PLA materials. As the company’s activities toward environmentally conscious society, Daido Shiko sticks to the natural materials.

Q3: What are biomass plastics and biodegradable plastics ? And do they have anything to do with PLA?

A3: Biomass plastic is a renewable plastic made from plant-derived materials, on the other hand biodegradable plastic refers to plastic that is broken down into water and carbon dioxide by microorganisms in the soil and other natural environments. PLA is a hybrid material that combines the advantages of both plastics.

Q4: Where are your products manufactured?

A4: All of our products have been produced at our main factory in Nagoya, Japan.

Q5: How are your products printed?

A5: By combining the advantages of offset printing and silk printing, including weather resistant (light-resistant) ink that does not fade even outdoors and offset printing that does not break even when molded. We also have the state of the art digital printing machines which is flexible and efficient for small lot orders.

Q6: What about data submission?

A6: When submitting data, we request that all images submitted are at 350dpi. Anything lower will look “fuzzy” when printed, and higher dpi photos usually aren’t necessary for printing. Please also double check the physical size of your file. A 2” x 2”digital photograph, even at 350dpi, can’t be blown up to five times the original size and still look good. If you decide to move forward with sampling or production, we’ll work with you to make sure that the images we receive will turn out beautifully.
Data can be submitted in the following formats: AI, JPG, PDF, EPS, PSD.
If you have a design team or an outside designer, we can also send you a template to create your own design.
We typically use either Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop to get data ready for printing.
If you color-matching to a pantone color, for example, is required, we request you send us a sample of the color chip we need to match.
If you need more detailed guidelines, please contact us at this form.

Q7: I only want a few items. What are your minimums?

A6: Orders typically starts from 1000 pieces, though we can accept small lot orders, too.