Daifuku Report 2019

010020030040050020152017201820052010(Billion yen)2017Sales surpass ¥400 billion2011Develops the world’s fastest airport baggage handling system2004Develops an environmentally friendly automobile paint system 2006Sales surpass ¥200 billion2015Sales exceed ¥300 billionMaterial handling technologies are now essential for society. Daifuku’s technologies are applied to a wide range of sectors and contribute to such areas as factory automation for semiconductors, flat-panel displays, automobiles, and other manufacturers; laborsaving at distribution centers; and streamlining of airport operations.Global increase in the movement of people and goodsIn 2007, Webb joined the Daifuku Group through M&A, enabling Daifuku to enter the airport sector. Since then, by working closely with affiliates in Europe, Oceania, and the U.S., Daifuku has achieved growth primarily in non-Japan markets. In 2018, Daifuku received its first order in Japan and is steadily building a domestic track record. In recent years, airport and in-flight security has been strengthened all over the world, which has resulted in strict security checks of passengers and baggage. In addition, in parallel with year-on-year air traveler increases, airports now seek to become “smart airports” that provide automated passenger procedures and quicker security checks, enabled by self-baggage-check-in systems, and entry and exit inspections based on facial recognition, among other means.Self-service baggage check-in systemSociety supported by non-stop logisticsLabor shortages due to the declining birthrate and aging population are a serious problem in every industry. Daifuku helps customers improve their productivity by automating distribution centers. At present, companies are facing challenges related to how to ensure non-stop logistics, which serve as a social infrastructure, and how to restore them quickly if they do stop. Daifuku supports the stable operation of customers’ facilities with its System Support Center providing support around the clock all year round, and with preventive maintenance and regular inspections of their logistics systems. After the 1995 Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, supply chain and logistics disruptions caused by natural disasters began to be recognized as a major risk for society. Daifuku promotes the seismic isolation of logistics facilities and implements earthquake countermeasures for automated warehouses to help customers resume their business activities quickly in emergency situations.Daifuku’s own sway-control technology developed at its high-rise testing tower within the Shiga Works7Daifuku Report 2019

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