The Nisshinbo Group’s transport volume totaled 36.74 million ton-kilometer, or 46.13 million ton-kilometer after adjustment*, down 12% year on year. Transport volume per unit of sales after adjustment* came to 106.7 ton-kilometer per million yen, down 15% year on year.
Despite the addition of Ricoh Electronic Devices Co., Ltd. to the electronics business, the Nisshinbo Group’s overall transport volume declined owing to a decrease in transport volume in other businesses except for the textiles business.
*The consolidated fiscal year that ended in December 2018 was a transitional period with an irregular fiscal year adjusted for changes in the fiscal periods of the Company and consolidated subsidiaries as follows: the Company and consolidated subsidiaries switching from fiscal years ending in March (nine-month consolidation from April 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018); consolidated subsidiaries switching from fiscal years ending in February (10-month consolidation from March 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018), and consolidated subsidiaries with fiscal years ending in December (12-month consolidation from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018).
Consequently, we do not indicate comparisons (% of change) versus past results of transport volume, but provide comparisons (% of change) for transport volume and transport volume per unit of sales after adjustment to a 12-month consolidated financial year as a reference.
Trends in Transport Volume and Transport Volume per Unit of Sales
The precision instruments business accounted for 29% of overall transport volume.
Trends in Transport Volume by Business
Proposal to Increase Transport Efficiency
Nisshinbo Precision Instrument & Machinery Hiroshima Corp. is working to simplify logistics (transportation routes) of parts and finished products between automakers, parts suppliers, and distributor warehouses. In the past, the company had to recover the returnable boxes used in logistics. However, for the delivery routes of new project products that commenced mass production in May 2019, the company proposed the use of standardized returnable boxes for parts and finished products, and all parties involved in the logistics process agreed to it. As a result, the company expects to eliminate the need to retrieve empty returnable boxes and reduce transportation expenses by roughly 50% (equivalent to 9,500 thousand yen per year).
Received Superior Eco-Drive Business Establishment Certificate for Second Straight Year
Nisshinbo Mechatronics Inc.’s Hamakita Plant has been participating in Hamamatsu city’s Eco-Drive (environmentally friendly driving) Promotion Project since fiscal 2016. This project is based on the city of Hamamatsu’s Global Warming Countermeasures Action Plan and is aimed at promoting the promulgation of businesses establishments that work toward ongoing environmentally-conscious driving. To be certified under this program, a company must be holding eco-drive training sessions, sharing eco-drive methods within the company, and conducting continuous management of fuel consumption. The Hamakita Plant displays eco-drive methods inside its company-owned vehicles at all times and raises employee awareness on fuel-efficient driving. In fiscal 2016, the plant was certified as a City of Hamamatsu Eco-drive Business Establishment and, in fiscal 2017 and fiscal 2018, was certified as a Superior Eco-Drive Business Establishment for its eco-drive initiatives.