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- At Toyota, we believe that "Monozukuri is Hitozukuri." The philosophy of "doing things for others," combined with wisdom and ingenuity, advanced technologies and skills, and the development of human resources equipped with these qualities are the company's front line capabilities and the very foundation of Monozukuri. Even if technology advances and robots are further integrated into production processes, it will be humans who are equipped with the knowledge of the Toyota Production System that will be able to think of further improvements. With an eye towards ever better manufacturing, Toyota believes it is important to train people based on the Toyota Production System, encouraging the associated skills of masters to be passed on to the next generation, all with an eye towards continuing to advance and evolve Monozukuri.
- Through daily improvements, as we continue to work through the cycle of challenging ourselves to continue to reduce lead time, the ability of the front line to respond to evolving customer needs and changing times will support our Group competitiveness and our efforts to build more than approximately 10 million vehicles annually.
Staff Development to support mixed-flow production lines (Motomachi Plant)
- The Motomachi Plant produces various powertrains (BEV, FCEV, HEV, ICE) and different shapes/silhouettes (sedan, minivan, SUV) of cars that support Toyota's multi-pathway approach and address customer needs on the same line.
- Each car requires a different working posture and work variation, which places a greater burden on workers than usual. Here, too, wisdom and ingenuity based on the TPS principle of "making someone else's job easier" are reflected in every part of the line, supporting car manufacturing for mass production on ever-changing lines.
See this Toyota Times article for more information.
- Up to now, we have promoted human resource development through steady improvement activities, quality education, leader training, and the development of multi-skilled workers. The results of these efforts support our mixed-flow production lines.
Passing on Takumi skills through digital technology (Teiho Plant)
- Passing on the skills of craftspeople is a common challenge for many companies in the manufacturing field. Since many of those skills are practical (or tacit) knowledge, it is difficult to acquire the techniques by simply conveying them in words.
- Toyota is using digital technology to visualize those practical skills, developing tools to pass on the skills in an easy-to-understand and simple manner to the next generation, and using these tools for staff training. By digitally analyzing the skills of craftspeople, we are also looking into the possibility of automating these skills in the future.
"Achieving zero, and adding new value beyond it"
As part of efforts to pass our beautiful "Home Planet" to the next generation, Toyota has identified and is helping to solve issues faced by individuals and overall society, which Toyota calls "Achieving Zero," hoping to help reduce the negative impacts caused by these issues to people and the environment to zero. Additionally, Toyota is also looking "Beyond Zero" to create and provide greater value by continuing to diligently seek ways to improve lives and society for the future.
- About Beyond Zero
Toyota Motor Corporation works to develop and manufacture innovative, safe and high-quality products and services that create happiness by providing mobility for all. We believe that true achievement comes from supporting our customers, partners, employees, and the communities in which we operate. Since our founding over 80 years ago in 1937, we have applied our Guiding Principles in pursuit of a safer, greener and more inclusive society. Today, as we transform into a mobility company developing connected, automated, shared and electrified technologies, we also remain true to our Guiding Principles and many of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals to help realize an ever-better world, where everyone is free to move.
- SDGs Initiatives