Genealogy of the Toyota Production System

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IT IS SAID Toyoda Kiichirō once told Toyoda Eiji,1 current president of Toyota, that in a comprehensive industry such as automobile manufacturing, the best way to work would be to have all the parts for assembly at the side of the line just in time for their use.

We have already called this idea ofjust-in-time the principle behind the Toyota production system. The words “just-intime” pronounced by Toyoda Kiichirō were a revelation to some Toyota management people, one of whom became quite attached to the idea. And I have been attached ever since.

“Just-in-time” was new ...

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