JUST AS WE have been recognizing the greatness of Mr. Shigeo Shingo, we also recognize the genius of Mr. Taiichi Ohno. It was Mr. Ohno who should be credited with the creation of the Toyota just-in-time production system.
I met Mr. Ohno in Japan at Toyoda Gōsei where he became chairman after retiring from Toyota Motors. Toyoda Gōsei is a Toyota subcontractor manufacturing steering wheels, automobile parts like rubber hoses and plastic dashboards, and other materials.
At our last meeting I asked him where Toyota was today in the improvement process. By now, the company must have reduced all work-in-process inventory — lowering ...
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