Industrial modernization story & KAIZEN strategy
Japanese industry at the end of 19th century was 200years behind.
After Mathew C Perry came to Japan in 1853, Japan’s industrial Revolution was started.
Since Japan’s modern Steel Industry operation commenced in 1901 in Kitakyushu,
Japan became the world’s leading industrialized country in only 100 years.
There is the KAIZEN strategy in the background to Japan becoming an industrialrzed country at a
rapid speed. The literary meaning of KAIZEN is improvement, refer to activities that continuously
improve all the functions applies to manufacturing process, purchasing and logistics, involve all the
employees form top management to site workers. KAIZEN is applied for many companies in Japan
and is gratly contributed to Japan’s Industry.
Companies for learning Industrial modernization and KAIZEN Strategy
Nippon Steel / Yawata Works
Japan’s first modern steel making company established in Kitakyushu in 1901. Now, becoming
the best steel maker with World-leading capabiities. Process of steel making can be learned to
visit Blast Furnace and Hot rolling mill plants.
World-leading motor and industrial robots manufacturing company established
in Kitakyushu in 1915. The robots are heavy duty industrial robots used in welding, packing,
assembly, painting and other activities.
Robot manufacturing factory and Yaskawa Innovation Center can be visited.
The world’s largest toilet manufacturer established in Kitakyushu in 1917.
The company is well-known in Washlet which is an innovative toilet seat that features an
integrated bidet. The sanitary ware manufacturing factory and TOTO Museum can be visited
Established in 1991, 100% shareholder of Toyota Motor. Major manufactured car is Lexus,
and annual production volume is 430,000 cars. Assembly line and Inspection line are visited
at the factory tour.
The roots of NISSAN is Tobata Casting funded in Kitakyushu in 1911.
The factory was commenced operation in 1975. Now TEANA, X-TRAIL ROGUE, SERENA
and MURANO are being manufactured. The process from assembly of the parts to final
products can be seen.
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