Makita Corporation is the world’s foremost manufacturer of power tools. Based in Japan, with factories around the globe including the UK, the company has over 100 years’ experience and its products are highly regarded for both their performance and quality.
With the price of raw materials for packaging rising, Makita was looking to increase the cost effectiveness of both its packaging and its packaging processes. At the same time, the company wanted to improve the sustainability of its packaging. Makita therefore invited Weedon PSC to undertake a total cost of ownership audit, analysing its production processes, productivity, logistics and transportation to help create a leaner, more cost-controlled supply chain.
At Makita’s request, we looked first at the packaging for a sander, which included a lot of empty space in the box and a separate corrugated cardboard fitting inside to support the product. This two-piece packaging was expensive to produce and slow to assemble, which also resulted in high labour costs.
We design packaging to minimise its impact on the environment at every stage of the supply chain. We proposed three possible solutions for Makita, of which one was a clear winner. The chosen box is a crashlock carton, manufactured from one-piece of corrugated cardboard. The fitting is cut from the same sheet as the outer box, using material that would otherwise have gone to waste.
The new packaging is a clear improvement both in terms of cost and sustainability.
By doing away with a separate internal fitting, Makita is reducing its impact on the environment too. The new one-piece design has resulted in considerable ecological savings:
This is for just one product in Makita’s vast range. The company is now looking to use this packaging as a template to improve its other product packaging.
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