Toyota Motor Kyushu – Factory Tour
Toyota Motor Kyushu primarily produces Lexus-branded vehicles including the environmentally-friendly hybrid models for both the domestic and export markets around the globe. The company operates three plants all in Fukuoka Prefecture; Miyata, Kanda and Kokura Plants.
- Company: Toyota Motor Kyushu
- Foundation: 1991
- Location: Headquartered in Fukuoka Prefecture
- Main Business: Manufacturing of automobiles and car parts
Toyota Motor Kyushu – Lean Characteristics
TPS, Jidoka, Just-In-Time Production
Toyota is the home of the Toyota Production System (TPS) and Toyota Motor Kyushu was established as Toyota’s first subsidiary with an automobile manufacturing plant in Japan outside Aichi Prefecture.
Toyota Motor Kyushu primarily produces Lexus models. Lexus is a global brand synonymous with high-quality and luxury. The company produces the Lexus ES, UX, RX, NX and CT models, and no other factory in Japan comes close to producing as many Lexus vehicles as the Kyushu plants. They export 90 percent of their cars to over 80 countries around the world.
Toyota Motor Kyushu is continuously pushing the limits of expectation and pursuing perfection in the quality of their vehicles in order to guarantee a premium brand to the world. This point separates Toyota Motor Kyushu from all other Toyota plants, yet TPS is still at the very core of their operations.
This factory tour will provide the opportunity to observe excellent TPS practices in action.
The whole tour was very professionally undertaken and led. Paul and Ben have to be congratulated for putting together a very informative and very enjoyable experience. The itinerary was excellent and to see from the raw material all the way through the supply chain through to the finished product was superb. I loved the thought…
This tour was recommended to me by our VP Operations who undertook the tour the previous year. Both Ben and Paul provided an excellent tour of the Japanese manufacturing industry and the program was both well run and highly focused towards the practical implementation of lean strategies. There were plenty of opportunities to ask questions…
Not for the fainthearted, this action-packed tour will blow you away. It’s a one-week learning adventure supercharged with information on TPS (Lean) principles. The learning experiences and companies visited far exceeded expectations. The Japanese managers we met were friendly and excited to share their experiences. If you desire change within your organisation and are not…
This trip really enlightened me in some specific lean topics and showed me all the beneficial aspects of lean manufacturing. The biggest take away for me was a deeper appreciation of not just the tools but the philosophy. The way the trip was organised and flowed was amazing. Thanks to Paul and David from Shinka…
I attended the tour in 2011 and found the whole experience very useful to build on my understanding of Lean Manufacturing. For those having a reasonable understanding of Lean this tour shows in detail the gap that Australia experiences to world class productivity practices. Most interesting was the deployment of essentially the key elements of…
Personally and professionally I found the week extraordinarily rewarding – not only as a fantastic Lean Japan Tour but as a cultural experience not to be missed. Imagine if you will… taking a group of people you had never met before, under your wing, in one of the most crowded cities in the world. Plenty…
The Shinka Management Lean Japan Tour is a professional development program run several times annually. The program includes a mix of lean and kaizen seminars, hands-on lean training and visits to several benchmark lean companies. For further information and program dates, see the lean tour overview page.