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Distribution Stage — ECO Logistics

During the stages of parts procurement, transportation of parts between production sites and distribution of our products to our customers, Kyocera Document Solutions practices several efforts throughout the world, including the promotion of modal shift, improvement of transportation efficiency and transportation and adoption of paper-based packaging materials such as corrugated cardboard and molded pulp, in order to reduce environmental loads associated with transportation.

Reduction of CO2 Emissions by Improving Distribution Networks

Product Shipment

Switching container transport from trucks to rail
Switching container transport from trucks to rail

Switching container transport from trucks to rail

The Shilong Plant (China) is our main plant for production of MFPs (multifunctional products) and printers. It is located in Dongguan City, Guangdong Province, and the manufactured products were previously transported mainly by truck to ports, such as Yantian and Shekou in Shenzhen, and then shipped to various regions throughout the world. But, since July 2012, the transportation method of products to the Port of Yantian (Shenzhen) has been switched from truck to modal shift, which is the combination of truck and railway. (Products are transported by truck from the Shilong Plant to Changping [Dongguan] Station and by railway from Changping Station to Yantian.) Compared to the previous truck-only method, transportation-related CO2 emissions can now be reduced to less than one-tenth by adopting modal shift.

Product Inventory and Distribution

Formerly, there was only one distribution center for our printers produced at our plants outside Japan, located in Hirakata City, Osaka Prefecture. From there, these products were then distributed throughout Japan. However, in October 2017, the second distribution center was established in Yashio City, Saitama Prefecture. Accordingly, the distribution area in Japan was divided into the west Japan area, in which products are distributed to customers from Hirakata city and the east Japan area, in which products are distributed from Yashio city. As a result, CO2 emissions from truck transportation is reduced by shortening the distance of truck transportation.

Product Inventory and Distribution

Promotion of Container Round Use

Since August 2013, at the Hirakata plant, we have operated an in-house "Container Round Use" system, in which we reuse containers for the import of products and export of parts.
Previously, containers used for import and export were returned empty. However, by implementing the container round use system, CO2 emissions have been reduced, due to the efficient use of containers. Also, since September 2015, we have further promoted the reduction of CO2 emissions by establishing a joint container round use system, in cooperation with neighboring companies.

Promotion of In-house Container Round Use

Efforts to Reduce Packaging Material Consumption

From 2004 to 2019, we have received awards at the Japan Packaging Contest 16 times and at the Worldstar Packaging Awards, which is a world-scale packaging competition, 9 times. We are proud of this achievement, which reflects our continuous efforts to reduce wasteful packaging materials by designing no waste packaging, while still delivering our products in perfect condition.

Here are some of the efforts we have taken so far:

  1. 1Smart packaging for small printers

By reducing the buffer distance between the printer and the inside of the outer case (A4 monochrome printers, ECOSYS FS-1040/1060DN), we were able to decrease the size of the outer case, making for a more compact design, including a handle attached to the product protection bag for lifting out of the box. This compact design enables, not only the reduction in usage of packaging materials, but also reduces CO2 emissions, due to the significant improvement of transportation efficiency, per printer, by increasing the number of printers that can be carried in a container to 1.8 times, compared to that of the previously smallest size printer, the ECOSYS FS-1300D.

Product protection bag (a user holding the handle for lifting out the product)
Product protection bag (a user holding the handle for lifting out the product)
Packaging with a 30 mm buffer distance
Packaging with a 30 mm buffer distance
  1. 2Reduction of Packaging Material for the ECOSYS FS-4100DN/FS-4200DN/FS-4300DN

As for outer cases for the A4 monochrome printers, ECOSYS FS-4100DN/FS-4200DN/FS-4300DN, a buffer distance of 30 millimeter was achieved by improving the shape of the pulp mold, as in the case of the above small printers. Compared to their previous model, even though the printers became about 5% larger, the packaging material was reduced by about 30%. Also, as for the packaging specifications for the previous model, the toner container for setting-up was packed together with the product and was formerly placed on top of the printer itself. However, the position of the toner was changed to a position inside the printer by revising the specifications. As a result, the above-mentioned reduction of packaging materials was achieved and led to a 30% reduction of the transportation cost per printer by making the outer case smaller.

We will continue to reduce the consumption of packaging materials and the volume of outer cases on future devices, as well as continue to place toner containers into the products, in order to contribute to the preservation of the global environment.


Our Packaging Received the "Worldstar Packaging Awards 2020"

Logo for Worldstar

Logo for Worldstar

Our new style package "Easy disassemble and space saving package" for unit parts of Multi-Functional Products won the WorldStar award 2020 in the Electronics category organized by the World Packaging Organization (WPO). This contest is an internationally prestigious competition in which previous prize winners of product packaging contests in each country can compete. The contest evaluates the environmental compatibility, economic efficiency, originality, etc. of packaging materials, and awards the "WorldStar" for outstanding products. We have received the award 9 times in total.
"Easy disassemble and space saving package" is a carton package for the fuser unit which contains an inner carton for storage within the outer carton that resists impact during transportation. With the newly arranged compact inner box, the storage space in the warehouse and the workload in the cargo handling can be reduced. In addition, the easy disassemble cushion materials with one touch operation contribute to increase the workload efficiency.
This packaging has also won the Electric Equipment Packaging Award in the Japan Packaging Contest 2019 held on June 13. The Japan Packaging Contest is the biggest contest in the packaging field in Japan and is held every year under the sponsorship of the Japan Packaging Institute with the aim of promoting development and spreading of high-quality packages and packaging techniques.
We at Kyocera Document Solutions develops and designs packaging materials for our products and receive high reputation for its technologies globally. We will continue our efforts to reduce packaging materials and to remain environmentally friendly.

Easy disassemble and space saving package design for fuser unit

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