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Kyocera re-affirms strength in sustainability innovation with success at 2023 WorldStar Awards


Schiphol-Rijk, The Netherlands – Kyocera Document Solutions Europe is pleased to announce the organisation’s success at the 2023 WorldStar Global Packaging Awards for its innovative shipping solution for ink supply units.

Organised 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 organisations.

For more than 20 years, Kyocera has been developing MFPs and printers with long-life parts and low-waste credentials, minimising the number of consumable parts that are later disposed of, and supplying customers tools that allow them to work with outstanding quality while minimising the impact on the environment. This commitment to sustainability also extends to our packaging where we mainly use pulp moulds 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.

We always aim to do the right thing as a human being.”

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 recognition is a huge honour for the entire organisation and is a testament to the value we place on sustainability here at Kyocera,” says Takuya Marubayashi, President at Kyocera Document Solutions Europe. “Sustainability is all about doing more with less and acting responsibly. This is what we have achieved with our award-winning packaging. It’s another example of how we always stay true to one of Kyocera’s core philosophies: Doing the right thing as a human being.”

The WorldStar Award Ceremony will take place on May 6th, 2023 in Düsseldorf, Germany during the Interpack trade show.

You can find out more information about the World Packaging Organisation and Kyocera’s success at the WorldStar Global Packaging Awards here.

About Kyocera Document Solutions Europe

Kyocera Document Solutions Europe 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 optimise and manage their document workflow, reaching new heights of efficiency. With professional expertise and a customer first culture, the objective of the company is to help organisations 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 totalled 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.”

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