Suzuki implements environment-friendly transportation of products in cooperation with transportation companies. Efforts are made to reduce CO2 emissions by considering optimum route and ways of transportation. Also, resources are efficiently used by actively implementing the use of returnable containers in transporting spare parts and knock-down parts, as well as the use of disposal materials as cushioning materials.
CO2 reduction in domestic transportation
Enhancement of transportation efficiency by reviewing transportation route and packing style
●Discontinuing transportation for outsourcing
Until March 2017, because modifications for some welfare minivehicles were outsourced, after the models were produced at the Kosai Plant, they had to be transported for their modifications. From April 2017, the modification process was moved to the Kosai Plant. By producing and modifying the model in one plant, transportation needed for outsourcing was discontinued.
●CO2 reduction in domestic transportation
We are trying to reduce transportation distance, improve transportation efficiency, promote modal shift, increase fuel efficiency of transportation vehicles, etc. in order to reduce CO2 emissions in domestic transportation.
CO2 emission in FY2017 was reduced by 32% compared to FY2006, and up by 2% year-on-year to 39,700t-CO2.
CO2 emission basic unit per sales was improved by 29% compared to FY2006.
Effective use of resources
Reduction of packaging materials
●Use of returnable containers <Reduction in weight of packaging materials such as corrugated cardboard used for shipment of spare parts>
We are pursuing the use of returnable containers in our domestic shipping of spare parts. In FY2017, returnable containers were used in 30% of the whole shipping, which reduced approximately 125t of corrugated cardboard.
●Promotion of using returnable containers for packaging materials
<Reduction in weight of disposal packaging material used for shipment of KD components>
We are promoting the use of returnable rack for shipment of KD components. In FY2017, approximately 60% of the total deliveries were transported with returnable racks, reducing 3,873t of disposable steel materials.
For FY2018, we plan to introduce the use of returnable racks in unused destinations.
Reuse of disposal materials
In order to prevent damages to spare parts during transportation, we reuse disposal material produced in plants to make cushioning materials. We reused approximately 1.2t of disposal mirror mat and 1.1t of disposal corrugated cardboard in FY2017.
Topics Suzuki received “Director of General, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, Ministry of Economy,
Trade and Industry Award” of “JAPAN STAR” at the 2017 Japan Packaging Contest.
~ Improving assembly packaging specifications of engines with general-purpose returnable racks ~
Suzuki received the “Director of General, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry Award” of “JAPAN STAR” for “improvement in assembly packaging specifications for engine”, which we had aimed for at the “2017 Japan Packaging Contest”, which was sponsored by Japan Packaging Institute.
In the “improvement in assembly packaging specifications for engine” that received this award, we developed a new packaging style by combining corrugated cardboard as a receiving material to secure the engine with a general-purpose returnable rack that can be used repeatedly, and which is widely used for the transportation of components when exporting engines manufactured in Japan.
We used to employ a returnable rack dedicated for the transportation of engines, and when racks became unavailable owing to production fluctuations, we used a disposable steel case only for engines. However, this steel case was expensive and required several days for manufacturing. Therefore, by adopting a new packaging style using a general-purpose returnable rack and corrugated cardboard materials, which are inexpensive and can be prepared within a short period, we could reduce packaging costs relative to the conventional disposal steel case for engines and quickly correspond to production fluctuations.
This packaging was developed by Oji Container Co., Ltd.
Initiative in reducing the use of containers and packaging for products
We are promoting to reduce the use of containers and packaging (including corrugated cardboard) for spare parts, components, outboard motors, etc. In FY2017, we reduced the use of containers and packaging (including corrugated cardboard) per component sales by 43.0% compared to FY2005 (continuously achieving the target reduction rate of more than 15% since FY2010).