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Reduction of Use of Packaging Materials

Konica Minolta is reducing packaging material usage by optimizing shapes and recycling.

Major Initiatives

Reducing the Size of Packaging for Developing Units and Waste Toner Boxes

Konica Minolta has optimized the buffer materials for its multi-function peripherals (MFPs) for offices and production printing machines, in order to reduce use of packaging materials. In order to confirm the current transportation environment, the development, production and sales departments worked together to conduct an experiment. At production sites in China, acceleration measurement devices were attached to products to be sent on various routes by ship, truck and railway to sales companies worldwide. After arrival, the instruments were checked to see what impact values were recorded during shipment. Using these as a reference, the company reexamined its packaging design concept, and succeeded in streamlining the cushioning material while maintaining the equivalent shock resistance. This greatly reduced the amount of packaging materials used.
In fiscal 2016, in addition to increasing the types of office MFPs and production printing machines covered by the program, the company also expanded this initiative to peripheral equipment. This step reduced packaging material use by approximately 540 tons from the previous year. Furthermore, reducing the size of product boxes has helped improve transportation efficiency, thereby contributing to lower CO2 emissions during distribution.

Recycling Used Packaging Materials

Konica Minolta’s sales companies worldwide are also working hard to recycle used packaging materials. Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd., a sales company in the UK, established the “Greenhub” recycling center inside its logistics warehouse. It separates used packaging materials for MFPs and production printing machines into cardboard, styrene foam, film, and wood, and then sells them to a local recycling operator as material for recycling. In the Greenhub, it pulverizes and compresses styrene foam, which has poor transportation efficiency due to its large volume relative to weight, in an effort to reduce environmental impact associated with its transportation. The Group is carrying out similar initiatives at sales companies in France, Belgium, Germany, Japan and China.

Foamed polystyrene crusher

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