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Toray Streamlines Logistics by Adopting Labor-Saving Pallets Fitted with Active Tags

Tokyo, Japan – WEBWIRE

Toray Industries, Inc., announced today that it has become the first in its industry in Japan to adopt the Smart Pallet®, employing it for shipping resin products around the nation from January this year. These pallets incorporate active radio frequency identification tags from UPR Corporation, a leading Japanese provider of leasing services for pallets and logistics equipment. Active tags are battery-powered, functioning as beacons by continuously broadcasting their own signals. UPR and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation jointly developed the Smart Pallet, whose active tag can transmit data to a reader up to 300 meters away to identify pallet locations as part of real-time inventory management. The battery life of these tags is around 10 years.

Japan faces chronic labor shortages, particularly of truck drivers. Using forklifts to load and unload pallets from trucks instead of transferring loads manually can help alleviate this situation. Smart Pallets offer even more labor savings for Toray, as tag readers constantly track pallets and eliminate the need to physically check inventory. This setup dramatically reduces the risk of shipment losses. That is because it tracks shipments accurately by combining data on pallet numbers at the point of origin, Toray’s goods shipping information, and pallet collection information from customers. Toray generally uses Smart Pallets for shipment orders exceeding one metric ton for products in paper packaging. Another benefit of Smart Pallets is that they are plastic, eliminating goods damage from nails or from contaminants like wood splinters, insect infestations, or mold.

Toray’s adoption of Smart Pallets is also in keeping with the company’s declaration of support in September 2019 for an initiative that three Japanese ministries launched in April that year to help the logistics sector overcome truck driver shortages. The three are the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Key goals of that initiative are to bolster transportation productivity and overall logistics efficiency and enhance working conditions for women and individuals older than 60.

Toray will continue collaborating with customers and logistics firms to improve the work environments and sustainability of logistics operations in keeping with its commitment to corporate social responsibility.

Note: Smart Pallet is a registered trademark of UPR Corporation.


Toray products shipped with Smart Pallets
TOYOLAC™ acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) resin, styrene acrylonitrile resin, acrylic-styrene-acrylonitrile-resin, and other alloys, TOYOLACPAREL™ durable antistatic ABS resin, Amilan™ nylon resin, TORAYCON™ polybutylene terephthalate resin, TORELINA™ polyphenylene sulfide resin, SIVERAS™ liquid crystal polyester resin, and TORAYCA™ carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastics.

UPR Corporation

Date established: March 1979
CEO: Yoshiya Sakata
Tokyo Head Office: 12F Uchisaiwaicho Tokyu Building, 3-2, Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0011
Ube headquarters: 5-26, Kotobukicho 3-chome, Ube City, Yamaguchi Prefecture 755-0032
Capitalization: ¥96 million
Sales: ¥11.2 billion (non-consolidated) and ¥11.6 billion (consolidated) in fiscal year ended August 2019

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