Mazda promotes efficient use of energy while aiming to reduce CO2 emissions in the area of logistics.
Mazda is working with logistics companies, dealers, and other automakers throughout Japan to reduce CO2 emissions during product shipment.
Since FY March 2011, Mazda has expanded tracking capability for CO2 emissions during import/export of finished vehicles and parts overseas.
Total domestic transportation volume (including the purchase and supply of materials, parts and finished vehicles) was 430 million ton-kilometer. This represents a 32% reduction in transportation CO2 emissions per ton-kilometer compared with FY March 1991 levels, far exceeding the Company's target of 24% or more.
Mazda is taking the following measures to provide customers with the volume they require, with the precise timing they expect, while reducing CO2 emissions.
Efforts to focus on the following three pillars of logistics are being taken by visualizing in detail the hidden logistics issues in each process on a global level.
In FY March 2010, while ensuring timely shipments, Mazda consolidated its nine logistics centers nationwide into seven locations with the aim of combining routes with low shipping volumes. In FY March 2012, these seven locations were further consolidated into five. This consolidation enabled the Company to improve loading efficiency for coastal cargo vessels and reduce the number of ships.
- Logistics without distribution centers (Vanning at plant)
After manufacture of KD*2 parts is complete, they are packaged and loaded into containers at the same location, eliminating the need for shipment between production and packaging locations.
- Establishment of new supply bases for service parts in the Tokai region
In place of the old system of consolidating shipments by sending parts to Hiroshima, Mazda set up a new supply base for efficient nationwide delivery operations.
- Expanded packaging and shipping operations at repair-use bumper production locations
By carrying out packaging and shipping operations near production centers, unnecessary shipping of bumpers can be eliminated.
Mazda has instituted the use of a system wherein trucks transporting production parts collect freight from several suppliers during the same run. This increases the load efficiency of delivery trucks and reduces the number of trucks that are needed. Deployment began in FY March 2004 in parts of Hiroshima Prefecture and in the Kyushu area, and was complete throughout Japan by FY March 2008.Today, Mazda is looking at all purchasing and logistics processes, aiming for further efficiency improvements in the logistics chain.
- *1In the "hub-and-spoke" system, distribution centers around the country (hubs) act as bases for delivering completed vehicles to dealerships (spokes).
- *2A manufacturing method wherein parts are exported to overseas manufacturing bases, where they are assembled onsite.
- *3A method in which a single truck visits multiple suppliers to collect supplies.
Named after truck routes in rural areas, which picked up milk from each farm.