Kyocera Document Solutions America, Inc. announced the organization’s success at the 2023 Worldstar Global Packaging Awards for its innovative shipping solution for ink supply units.
Lead by The World Packaging Organisation (WPO) – the world’s largest and most prestigious packaging award in the global packaging industry – this contest is the largest of its kind in the global packaging sector. Each year, the WPO sets out to identify and recognize the best of the best in packaging innovations from across the globe. Kyocera is proud to form part of this esteemed group of organizations.
For more than 20 years, Kyocera has been developing MFPs and printers with long-life parts and low-waste credentials, minimizing the number of consumable parts that are later disposed of, and supplying customers with tools that allow them to work with outstanding quality while reducing the impact on the environment. This commitment to sustainability also extends to our packaging where we mainly use pulp molds and corrugated boards made from recycled paper to get rid of plastics.
The key to environmentally-friendly packaging is making packing boxes as compact as possible. When it came to the packaging of its high-capacity ink supply unit – a peripheral device for commercial inkjet printers – Kyocera was faced with the challenge of fitting bundled items into the packing box, bearing in mind the wide variety of shapes and materials. This included L-shaped components and long hoses that cannot be bent.
After extensive research and development, Kyocera developed a new packaging method in which the bundled items are stored inside the cushioning material used for the machine itself so that the size of the package does not increase because of these bundled items. As a result, the number of layers in the shipping container has been reduced from three to two, improving shipping efficiency by 50%, and eliminating the need for packing boxes for bundled items. The amount of packaging materials has decreased by 30%.
“This WorldStar award is a great honor for our organization, and it once again demonstrates the importance we place on responsible business practices here at Kyocera,” says Oscar Sánchez, president at Kyocera Document Solutions America, Inc. “Nowadays, businesses cannot expect to achieve sustainable success if they are not sustainable. Our approach to packaging is just another example of how the Kyocera Family always aims to do the right thing as a human being. That philosophy underpins everything we do.”
About KYOCERA Document Solutions America, Inc.
Kyocera Document Solutions America, Inc. is a group company of Kyocera Document Solutions Inc., a global leading provider of total document solutions based in Osaka, Japan. The company’s portfolio includes reliable and eco-friendly MFPs and printers, as well as business applications and consultative services which enable customers to optimize and manage their document workflow, reaching new heights of efficiency. With professional expertise and a culture of empathetic partnership, the objective of the company is to help organizations put knowledge to work to drive change.
Kyocera Document Solutions Inc. is a group company of Kyocera Corporation (Kyocera), a leading supplier of semiconductor packages, industrial and automotive components, semiconductor packages, electronic devices, smart energy systems, printers, copiers, and mobile phones. During the year ended March 31, 2022, the Kyocera Group’s consolidated sales revenue totaled 1.8 trillion yen (approx. US$15.1 billion). Kyocera is ranked #603 on Forbes magazine’s 2021 “Global 2000” list of the world’s largest publicly traded companies, and has been named by The Wall Street Journal among “The World’s 100 Most Sustainably Managed Companies.”