Distribution - ECO Logistics
We are taking various measures across the globe to minimize our environmental footprint during the distribution process, e.g. part procurement, transportation between production sites, and delivery of products to customers. These measures include the promotion of a modal shift, improvement of transportation efficiency and transportation methods, as well as the adoption of paper-based packaging materials such as corrugated cardboard and molded pulp.
Reducing Carbon Emissions via Improved Distribution Networks
Shipment from Factories
Located in the city of Dongguan in China's Guangdong Province, the China Plant is our main production site for printers and MFPs. The products manufactured there were previously transported mainly by truck to ports, such as Yantian and Shekou in Shenzhen, and then shipped to various regions throughout the world. In July 2012, we made a modal shift to a combination of road and rail transport. Products bound for the Port of Yantian are now transported from the plant to the local Changping station by truck and then from the station to the port via rail.
This enabled us to reduce CO2 emissions from transport to less than one-tenth of what it was when we only used trucks. In July 2013, we started using a new rail station which opened near the plant, which shortened the trucking distance and reduced CO2 emissions even further.
We used to keep the total inventory of printers produced at our plants outside Japan at our only distribution center in Hirakata City, Osaka Prefecture, from where we would ship products across the country. In October 2017, we set up a second distribution center in Yashio City, Saitama Prefecture and started shipping products bound for western Japan from Hirakata and those bound for eastern Japan from Yashio, enabling us to shorten the trucking distance and reduce CO2 emissions.
Container Round Use
We implemented an in-house Container Round Use system at the Hirakata plant in August 2013. Under this system, we reuse containers that contained imported products for exporting parts.
Previously, containers used for imports were returned empty to the port, and containers used for exports were brought in empty from the port for use. Since implementing the Container Round Use system, we have been able to reduce CO2 emissions due to the more efficient use of containers. We also started operating a joint Container Round Use system with neighboring companies in September 2015 to cut CO2 emissions even further.
Reducing Packaging Waste
Between 2004 and 2020, we have been a winner in the Japan Packaging Contest no less than 17 times and 10 times on the international stage of the WorldStar Packaging Awards. We are proud of this achievement, which reflects our continuous efforts to reduce packaging materials that only end up as waste by designing no-waste packaging that still enable us to deliver our products in perfect condition. Here are some of the initiatives we have taken so far:
- 1Smart Packaging for Small Printers
- 2Reduction of Packaging Material for the ECOSYS FS-4100DN/FS-4200DN/FS-4300DN
We've made the box for the ECOSYS FS-1040/1060DN A4 monochrome printer smaller than ever by reducing the buffer distance between the printer and the inner wall of the box from 50 - 60 mm to 30 mm. It's the smallest buffer distance ever achieved in the industry for paper-based cushioning materials. Thanks to this compact design transportation efficiency is way up and CO2 emissions are considerably down. We reduced the amount of packaging material so much that we can load 1.8 times as many printers into a container as we were able to with the ECOSYS FS-1300D, which was previously our smallest size A4 monochrome printer. When there is a shorter distance between the printer and the inner wall of the box, there is not enough room for you to put your hands in the box when taking the printer out of the box. To solve this problem, we attached handles to the printer protective bag so the printer can be easily lifted out of the box.
Like the ECOSYS FS-1040/1060DN noted above, we improved the shape of the pulp mold on the packaging for ECOSYS FS-4100DN/FS-4200DN/FS-4300DN A4 monochrome printers to reduce the buffer distance to 30 millimeters. This made the box for these printers 30% smaller than it was for their predecessor models even though the machines themselves are about 5% larger. We also changed the packaging design, such as the placement of the setup toner cartridge that comes with the printer. The cartridge, which was previously placed on top of the printer, is now pre-installed in the printer. As a result, we were able to cut transportation cost per printer by 30% thanks to the smaller packaging. As part of our ongoing efforts to reduce packaging materials, all our printers released after these models come with the toner cartridge pre-installed in the printer.
Moving forward we will continue to work on reducing the use of packaging materials and making product packaging more compact to reduce our environmental footprint.
WorldStar Award 2021 in the Electronics Category
The packaging for the dual sided, duplex automatic document feeders equipped in our MFPs won the WorldStar Award 2021 in the Electronics category. Organized by the World Packaging Organization (WPO), The WordStar competition is a prestigious international event. Only product packages that have won recognition in national or regional competitions are eligible to enter. The WorldStar competition evaluates entries on their environmental performance, economic efficiency, originality, etc., with awards going to especially outstanding packages. This was the 10th time Kyocera Document Solutions won this award.
Our award-winning packaging for dual sided, duplex automatic document feeders uses only cardboard cushioning material, instead of plastic, in order to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and hazardous substances throughout the product life cycle. We were able to meet the challenge of maintaining packaging strength without increasing the amount of cushioning material by effectively using packaging parts that were previously discarded and improving the shape of the cushioning material for packaging that is strong enough to withstand our rigorous packaging tests.
This packaging design also won the Industrial Packaging Award at the 2020 Japan Packaging Contest. Held annually by the Japan Packaging Institute with the aim of promoting the development and use of high-quality package designs and packaging techniques, the Japan Packaging Contest is the biggest competition of its kind in Japan.
We are continually looking for new ways to make our packaging materials as minimal and environmentally friendly as possible.