Amstelveen, 10 February 2015 – Canon Europe, a leader in imaging solutions, today announced the opening of its new European Distribution Campus for Western Europe in Rotterdam. Built as a strategic supply chain hub, the new facility consolidates Canon’s warehouse operations in the Netherlands in order to optimise efficiency in anticipation of future business requirements.
From left to right: Mr. Hideo Hanaoka, Director & Managing Officer Nippon Express Co.,Ltd., Mr. Takashi Takeya, Senior General Manager, Global Logistics Management Center Canon Inc., Mr. Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam, Mr. Rokus van Iperen, President & CEO of Canon Europe, Middle East and Africa, His Excellency Masaru Tsuji, the Ambassador of Japan to the Netherlands, Mr. Yuji Kobuchi, Managing Director Nippon Express Europe GmbH perform the official opening ceremony Kagami Biraki at the new Western European Distribution Campus in Rotterdam. This a traditional Japanese ceremony performed at celebratory events in which the lid of the sake barrel (kagami) is broken open (biraki) by a wooden mallet. The kagami biraki represents an opening for harmony and good fortune.
The new Western European Distribution Campus (EDC) includes two buildings – a new, purpose built, state of the art 70,000 metres2 warehouse in the Maasvlakte area of Rotterdam and Canon’s existing warehouse adjacent. The complete campus is now the largest distribution centre for Canon worldwide, with a total warehousing space of 114,000 metres².
Following a comprehensive strategic review of Canon’s supply chain network in EMEA, and considering the shift in Canon’s global logistics transportation from air to ocean freight, Rotterdam was chosen as the optimum location for this new centre. The new Western EDC will consolidate and incorporate Canon logistics which were previously handled in the warehouse operations in Amstelveen and Schiphol-Rijk.
The new Western EDC is a major regional hub and will play a very important part of Canon’s operations, handling around 50% of the products shipped to customers in the EMEA region
The new facility includes state of the art technology and solutions, including Canon printers and software solutions. The security system around the building includes Canon network cameras and a network video surveillance software solution from Milestone Systems. Denmark-based Milestone Systems recently joined the Canon Group of companies in EMEA.
Nippon Express, a long term partner to Canon, is the logistics service provider for the operation of the new Western EDC and Nippon Express has also managed the construction of the new warehouse in Rotterdam for Canon.
The new warehouse has been built to high environmental standards. Canon and Nippon Express have worked together to ensure that sustainability considerations have been embedded throughout this project, from the warehouse design and construction, through to the future operation of the facility including packaging innovation, waste recycling, and green procurement.