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 Lean Japan Tour has allowed me to learn both professionally and culturally. It has been an invaluable experience to learn through interacting directly with a Japanese sensei. It has been a pleasure experiencing this program in Japan, with the locals always helping us as if we were a relative. The Lean Japan tour is…
A very valuable and well-organized experience. Getting good access to factories where TPS and lean manufacturing are used as well as the instruction from experienced instructors made this a very worthwhile experience. Participants should leave well equipped to train others as well as conduct kaizen practices themselves.
Shinka Management organized an excellent tour. It was structured to capture professional development and cultural experience. The tour also provided me with experiences related not only to the local culture and food of Japan, but also to the culture and languages of fellow participants from all over the world. This tour has made a significant…
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…
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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.