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May 28, 2002

Taisho Completes Omiya Distribution Center

Taisho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (President: Akira Uehara) has completed construction of its new Omiya Distribution Center, which will go into full operation in August.

The Omiya Distribution Center, a key part of Taisho Pharmaceutical’s plan to renovate its facilities, now in phase five, will enable the company to enhance customer satisfaction and achieve even more rigorous quality control while lowering distribution costs. Its construction, which began in August of 2000, is one element in the rebuilding and upgrading of the Omiya Factory, to make more effective use of that prime site while meeting the demands of the changing distribution environment in the pharmaceutical industry.

The Omiya Distribution Center has two sets of functions: as a factory warehouse, storing products made at of the Omiya Factory and other production facilities and serving as a supply center for branches nationwide, and also as a shipping center for distributing Taisho products to customers in the vital central Honshu market (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Gumma, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Nagano, Niigata, Yamanashi, and Shizuoka).

The canter’s use of ITF barcodes and such state-of-the-art equipment as an instant-response piece sorter on its picking line will enable it to shrink lead times while raising shipment accuracy to new heights. The result will be cost savings through reduced energy consumption and greater labor productivity.

With the completion of the New Quality Management Building at the Omiya Factory, the Okayama Factory, and the Omiya Distribution Center, Taisho Pharmaceutical has accomplished all the goals it set in phase five of its renovation plan, which it launched in April, 2000.

Overview of Omiya Distribution Center
Name Taisho Pharmaceutical Omiya Factory Omiya Distribution Center
Address Yoshino-cho 1-403, Saitama City, Saitama
Business Product inventory and physical distribution management
Building area 8,580 m2
Floor space 38,123 m2
Construction cost Approx. 7 billion yen
Builders Kajima Corporation and Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co.,Ltd
Start of construction  August 2000
Construction completed May 2002