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.
I would like to give my deepest thanks for helping us end the executive program on a high note. This week has summarized TPS / VPS in a very practical and eye-opening manner. The lean journey has become real and exemplified through the many visits we have done. The coaching by Hattori Sensei, and by…
I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the November 2013 tour. I learned so much about Japanese culture and TPS. Despite coming from the IT industry, I was able to gain valuable insights on the philosophy and principles of Lean that I can apply in my industry. Ben and Paul are top-notch guides. Their wealth of…
The Shinka lean study mission of Japan offers participants an opportunity to see what is possible in undertaking world class manufacturing. The insights that are possible on tours like this can really challenge what you think are the real key success factors for implementation and enhance the chance of success in your own journey.
It was an excellent tour – professionally run and well executed. The companies selected implemented lean at a high degree. The passion they exhibited in sharing their lean journey was very inspiring. I have learned new strategies to bring home to implement. A time well spent.
I enjoyed every aspect of this extremely well organised kaizen tour including: factory visits, translations by Paul and Ben, TPS training, sightseeing, accommodation, transportation, and meals. This tour is a must for anyone trying to understand / implement LEAN into their business or organisation. I hope the tour continues for many years to come as…
A great tour. Having spent over 20 years in manufacturing I now understand the true meaning of Kaizen.
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.