In the procuring raw materials and parts stage, in transportation stage of works in progress between plants, and in the distribution stage of delivering products to our customers, we take a variety of actions such as improvement of transportation efficiency and transportation methods and promotion of modal shift throughout the world, in order to reduce the environmental impact related to transportation.
The Shilong Plant (China) is our main plant for production of multifunctional products and printers. It is located in Dongguan City, Guangdong Province, and the manufactured products have previously been transported mainly by truck to ports such as Yantian and Shekou in Shenzhen, loaded onto freight vessels and then shipped to various regions throughout the world. Starting in July 2012, we made a modal shift where products to be transported to the Port of Yantian (Shenzhen) are transported from Changping (Dongguan) Station to Yantian via a combination of truck and rail transport. Compared to the previous system using trucks only, this has enabled reduction of CO2 emissions due to transport to less than one-tenth of their previous level. Also from in July 2013 by the reduction of truck transportation distance by using Shilong port station constructed near our Shilong Plant, we have reduced truck transportation distance and CO2 emissions.
• Usage Rates of Various Transport Modes from the Port of Rotterdam(Holland) to Our European Distribution Center: FY2017
We have established a European Distribution Center in Beringe, Netherlands as our logistics base in Europe. Products carried in to EDC are shipped mainly from Shilong Plant (China) and Vietnam Plant and are unloaded in the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Various means of transport are used to transport inland to Beringe from the Port of Rotterdam but we are promoting a modal shift such that transportation is carried out by rail and river barges* which have less environmental impact.
*Barges: Small transport vessels that carry containers from ports to their destination using rivers and canals.
In August 2013, our Hirakata Plant established "container round use," which is the practice of taking containers that were first used for product imports and reusing them for parts exporting.
Under previous practices, containers loaded with imports were returned to the port empty, and empty containers needed for exports were brought from the port. The practice of round use allows efficient use of containers, thereby helping us reduce CO2 emissions. And in September 2015 the joint practice of container round use was established with Hirakata Plant's neighboring companies to further promote CO2 reduction.
Kyocera Document Solutions has been awarded a prize at the Japan Packaging Contest for 11 consecutive years since 2004. We proudly maintain that this achievement is the result of our efforts to reduce consumption of packaging materials, which generally end up as waste after their original use has ended, by developing designs that do not waste packaging. This is in accordance with our ongoing desire to develop packages that can safely bring products to customers.
Here are some of the actions we have taken so far:
Downsizing printer product cases was successfully realized. For packaging of the A4 monochrome printers, the ECOSYS FS-1040/1060DN, the buffer distance between the printer proper and the interior of the product case was originally between 50 to 60 mm. This distance was reduced to 30 mm, the first attempt in this industry to use paper-based buffer materials, which allowed us to successfully downsize the case of the product proper. This downsizing greatly reduced the cost of materials as well as the transport cost per printer. To be specific, with the new downsized case the number of printers that can be carried in a container increased to 1.8 times that of the smallest size printer, the ECOSYS FS-1300D.
When the distance between the printer proper and the interior of the product case is reduced, you cannot put your hand into the box when you want to take the product out. To solve this problem, the product withdrawal method was changed so that you can now lift the product out of the box using a handle attached to the product protection bag. Improved ease of withdrawal of the product from the box is another feature achieved simultaneously with case downsizing.
A buffer distance of 30 mm, as in the case of the above compact printer, was also achieved for the case of the A4 monochrome printers, the ECOSYS FS-4100DN/FS-4200DN/FS-4300DN, by improving the shape of the pulp mold. Compared to their predecessor, even though the printers became about 5% larger, the packaging material needed has now been reduced by about 30%.
With the packaging specifications for the previous model the set-up toner, packed together with the product, was formerly placed on top of the printer itself. However, the specifications were revised, which changed the position of the toner to a position inside the machine. This improvement achieved the said reduction in packaging materials and also downsized the case for the printer proper, which eventually led to a 30% reduction in the transport cost per printer.
We are determined to continue our efforts to reduce consumption of packaging materials and the volume of cases for the printer proper in order to contribute to the preservation of the global environment.