YKK was founded in Japan in 1934 by Tadao Yoshida. The YKK Group is currently engaged in business in 71 countries/regions around the world and employs over 45,000 people. Apart from zippers for which YKK are best known, YKK also supplies other fastening products like snaps & buttons, textiles and plastics and hook & loop self-closing tape fastening systems.
The YKK (U.K.) Ltd factory has been based in Runcorn for over 50 years producing technical items for a variety of applications; one of the items produced is Quickfit®, a specialist attachment product manufactured for use in the automotive industry around the world.
With the recent rerouting of one of MSC’s Transatlantic container services via Liverpool this provided YKK (U.K.) and its forwarding partner, MA Logistics to look at new possibilities in the supplying of certain YKK (U.K.)'s raw materials. As a result, raw material for Quickfit® shipped from the USA has been significantly streamlined, resulting in a reduction in the carbon footprint.
Paul Kelly, Supply Chain Manager for YKK (U.K.) said: “Since the YKK Group Environmental Pledge was established in September 1994, we are engaged in environmental activities in all areas of the business. Working with Peel Ports, MA Logistics and MSC, we’ve been able to use the proximity of Liverpool to the YKK (U.K.) factory. Along with the new transatlantic service to benefit both the environment and our operations.”
Michael Collins, Commercial Director from MSC UK said: “We’ve worked closely with Peel Ports since the commissioning of marine activities at Liverpool2 so we’re delighted to see even more customer interest in services calling at the port.”
The new Transatlantic product from Liverpool serving USA ports including Charleston, Savannah and Port Everglades has enabled MSC to provide YKK and its supply chain manager MA Logistics to look at a new way of supplying the Runcorn base with import and export flows.
Paul Maguire, Director from MA Logistics added: “Part of our expertise includes identifying the best flow of shipping routes in an ever-changing market. We were able to advise YKK that they had increased options available to them that would lower their CO2 emissions through reduced mileage, whilst also removing the risk of potential delays caused by congestion. To put it simply, the route is faster and also more cost effective than utilising southern ports. We’d urge every company, especially those trading overseas, to take a fresh look at their logistics to see what benefits might be hiding in plain sight.”
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