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.
From a remote rural engineering company – to the shining lights of Japan’s finest. I have returned overwhelmed from the experience to learn from some of the worlds best manufacturers and absorb decades of experience from my fellow peers. Highly recommended and treat it as a sound investment for your company’s future!
Had the pleasure to accompany Ben and clients on the 2007 Lean Japan Tour. I had worked with many Japanese, ASEAN, UK and US firms and as such have participated in benchmarking assignments and tours of their operations. Some involved attending and presenting at various strategy, productivity and quality management conferences. In that context, I…
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…
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.
A great tour. Having spent over 20 years in manufacturing I now understand the true meaning of Kaizen.
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…
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.