Our History

Our story began with one man's dream and enterprise. From a humble beginning in 1935, we have since evolved into an industry leader.

80 years ago, Tien Wah Press (TWP) was a family-run letterpress business in Singapore. The end of World War II triggered a surge in demand for books and other printed materials.

Innovators from the start, we were determined to position ourselves at the cutting edge of all our developments, including technology. This pioneering spirit of adventure catapulted us into the production of bound books. We have never looked back since then.

Today, TWP has the privilege of being among the first printers in the world to create pop-up books and book-plus or specialty products.

A member of the Dai Nippon Printing (DNP) Group of Companies, we serve a worldwide clientele of leading publishers and specialty producers, with 90% of our production marketed overseas.

In the digital age, with the strong R&D product development support from DNP, we are transforming our business into a total solution provider for different industry needs.  Specialising in book printing, trading card game printing, stationaries, digital app development, warehousing and third party logistics, we satisfy a universe of needs.

 

1935 -1960

1935 The late Wong Lin Kwong acquires TWP, a small letterpress printing shop in Upper Cross Street, from a friend for S$3,000.
1945 Wong Tik Yun, the eldest son of Wong Lin Kwong, takes the helm at TWP.
1948 TWP purchases its first automatic feeding offset machine, a one-color Harris.
1956 TWP expands and moves into new premises in Leng Kee Road.

 

1960-1980

1960 TWP starts a printing factory, also named Tien Wah Press, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Mid-1960s TWP enters into a partnership with Rothmans of Pall Mall.
1960s TWP is one of the two largest printing companies in Singapore specializing in commercial brochures, labels and carton packaging.
1970 The Dai Nippon Printing Group and Mitsubishi Corporation buy into TWP.
Early 1970s TWP moves to a new location at Bukit Timah Road. The company focuses on the book business and starts to develop its book product lines.
1973 Rothmans of Pall Mall sells its stake in TWP. By this time, TWP has progressed from printing telephone directories to children’s books.
1978 TWP launches its first pop-up book. It is one of the only two printers in the world to produce contemporary pop-up books.

 

1980-2000

1980s TWP establishes overseas offices in the US, UK and Australia. The company carved out a niche in the children’s novelty book market.
1987 Wong Tik Yun retires from the printing trade after heading TWP for over 40 years.
1990 The Dai Nippon Printing Group acquires the Wong family’s equity in TWP. TWP celebrates the official opening of its new plant in the industrial district of Tampoi in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
1993 TWP sets up a facility for hand-assembly work in Penawar, Johor Bahru.
1996 TWP’s Singapore plant moves to its current premises at Pandan Crescent.

 

2000-2010

2003 The Dai Nippon Printing Group buys out Mitsubishi Corporation and assumes full ownership of TWP.
2004 TWP adds a new wing (10353m²) to its Johor Bahru plant.

 

2010-2015

2010 TWP sets up a new business division, specialising in new product development (TWP Digital, Print on Demand, Trading Card Game and Touch code).
2011 TWP purchases HP Indigo 7500 for digital print-on-demand business.
2013 A new warehouse (15,535m2) is built at the Johor Bahru plant.
2014 TWP converts an old warehouse (7024m2) into a new air-conditioned production area at the Johor Bahru plant.
2015 TWP celebrates our 80th anniversary.