Company Background

Since Monotype invented the original hot-metal type composing machines and founded the Monotype corporation in 1897, Monotype has been committed to supplying typefaces of the highest quality.

The Monotype Typeface Library contains a wide range of original typeface designs and historical revivals. Some of the best known typefaces include Baskerville, Bell, Bembo, Centaur, Garamond, Gill Sans, Plantin, Rockwell, Walbaum and perhaps the most well known typeface in the world, Times New Roman. The library currently holds over 2,000 typefaces, including over 200 Non-Latin scripts.

Monotype's first achievement in Chinese Language goes back to 1920 when a font was cut to print a New Testament.

Chinese fonts

Monotype has made available its Chinese fonts in hinted PostScript Language Composite Type 4 and TrueType Format. Other formats such as Adobe CID format are available upon request.

These have been produced to the highest quality standard with the latest state-of-the-art font production tools from companies such as Adobe Systems and Projective Solutions. The fonts adopt hinting technology to ensure the best quality output results from high resolution imagesetters to 72 dpi screen display. All PostScript fonts are available on Monotype imagesetters and will work with two byte PostScript RIP from Adobe Systems, their licensees, and any PostScript Compatible interpreters.

Monotype's Chinese fonts are produced in the Big 5 and the GB Standard Coding. Monotype can also supply fonts in Unicode, GBK, IBM5550, CNS character set & encodings. Professional users will appreciate that Monotype can offer many different typefaces with 13,051 characters. Further traditional Chinese typefaces are currently under development as part of a continuing program of creating new typefaces.

A range of important organizations such as the Hong Kong Government Printing Department, the Next Week Magazine in Hong Kong, The Central Daily News in Taiwan, and Guang Ming Daily in The People's Republic of China, are among the many users of Monotype Chinese typefaces.

The PostScript typefaces were developed by China Type Design Limited (CTDL) in Hong Kong, a fully-owned subsidiary of Monotype Imaging Inc.. CTDL was founded in 1986 and has a team of experienced experts who have developed the well known Chinese Typefaces Library for the Montoype Lasercomp imagesetter.

With effective from 19 Jan 2010 (the "Effective Date"), China Type Design Limited will be renamed as Monotype Imaging Hong Kong Limited.





  • New additions since 2012

    Owners of Monotype Unicode Chinese OpenType Collections 2012 (PRC and HK), please follow the following links for a list of latest releases since 2012…

    HK Releases Since 2012
    PRC Releases Since 2012

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