Toyota Production System

We have a worldwide reputation for the way we work, based on lean-thinking, derived from the principles established in the Toyota Production System (TPS). Our ‘True North’ vision (our ultimate goal) is zero muda – which means zero waste. This is based on four key elements: respect and security for people; zero defects; one-piece flow on demand (driven by our customers) and 100% value added.

Working with TPS principles allows us to produce high-quality products, built to order and delivered to you on time.

Our production respects the environment, which includes recycling our products at the end of their lifetime. Continuous measurement and improvement means continually improving products, reflected by a 70% reduction in warranty claims over the past 10 years. We are also committed to creating a safe workplace, both for employees and our customers.

  • Quality assurance
  • On-time delivery
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Health & safety
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How the Toyota Production System guarantees quality forklift trucks

All of our forklift trucks and material handling equipment are produced according to the Toyota Production System. Over 95% of our European product sales manufactured in our own factories in Sweden, France and Italy.

This means they all benefit from the highest levels of quality assurance based on just-in-time planning. This is combined with Jidoka – a method we use to ensure that errors are immediately detected and rectified.

  • Jidoka: making problems visible
  • Kaizen: continuous improvement
  • 100% value-added
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The origins and culture of Toyota Production System

The Toyota Production System was developed by Toyota in the 1950's in response to a lack of financial resources post-war. However, the origins of TPS started much earlier.

The very start of the story can be traced back to the 1920's. The concept of Jidoka, which was originally developed by Toyota's founder, Sakichi Toyoda, as 'intelligent automation'.

In the 1930s the concept of 'Just-in-Time', was invented by Kiichiro Toyoda. This was as part of his efforts to create an efficient way of manufacturing Toyota cars, when resources were scarce, and waste could not be afforded. Just-in-time depends on getting exactly the right goods (components) to exactly the right place at the right time.

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