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 packaging methods, 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

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 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.
Also, since July 2013, by utilizing the Shilong port station constructed near Shilong Plant, we have reduced CO2 emissions, due to the decreased distance of truck transportation.

Product Inventory and Distribution

• Percentage of Transportation of our Products from the Port of Rotterdam (Netherlands) to Our European Distribution Center in FY2018

Percentage of Transportation of our  Products from the Port of Rotterdam (Netherlands) to Our European Distribution Center in FY2018

We have established a European Distribution Center (EDC) in Beringe, Netherlands, as our logistics base in Europe. Products carried into EDC are delivered mainly from the Shilong Plant (China) and the Vietnam Plant and are unloaded at the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. There are several methods of transportation from the Port of Rotterdam to Beringe, which is located in the inland area of Netherlands, but we are promoting a modal shift, which has less impact on the environment by the combination of transportation by railway on land and barges* through river and canal.

*Barges: Small transport vessels that carry containers from ports to their destination through river and canal

Barges
Barges

Promotion of Container Round Use

Since August 2013, at our Hirakata plant, we have operated an in-house "Container Round Use" system, in which we reuse the containers that were used once, for the import of products and export of parts.
Previously, containers used for import had been returned to the port empty and the ones used for the export, which were transferred from the port had been 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

We were awarded a prize at the Japan Packaging Contest for 11 consecutive years since 2004. 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, toner container for setting-up, 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 also led to a 30% reduction of the transportation cost per printer by making the outer case smaller.
Regarding any later marketed printers, we have been continually working on the reduction of packaging material by placing the toner containers into the products.

We will continue working on the consumption reduction of packaging materials and the volume of outer cases for the printers, in order to contribute to the preservation of the global environment.

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Received Technical Packaging Award in Japan Packaging Contest 2017

On August 30, 2017, the awards ceremony was held for the Japan Packaging Contest 2017 sponsored by the Japan Packaging lnstitute, and a new packaging material for protecting the paper feeder of our printers won the Technical Packaging Award.
This contest is held every year with the aim of promoting the development and spread of high-quality packages and packaging techniques in Japan and decides the highest level of packaging each year.
We received the award for the "reduction of packaging size by using high-performance molded pulp." This is a material developed for the protection of products with external protrusions. Sections of the molded pulp can be folded for adapting them to the concave parts of the paper feeder for the protection of protrusion, without the growth in size of the packaging case.
The assessment test by us shows that the packaging satisfies the criteria, which is stricter than The Japan Industrial Standard, and the shape of the device enables a higher performance of the buffer. Also highly rated, was the achievement of the reduction of the amount of packaging materials by commonly using left and right materials.


By folding the sections of molded pulp,
protrusion of the paper feeder for positioning
can be protected without the growth in size of
the packaging case.
Award Certificate
Award Certificate
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