Toyota Production System (TPS)


Toyota Motors has a world-wide reputation for efficient and lean manufacturing, called TPS (Toyota Production System).

This video, produced by Toyota Europe, explains the history of TPS as well as its significance today. 

TPS is based on five principles:

  1. Always be faithful to your duties, thereby contributing to the Company and to the overall good.
  2. Always be studious and creative, striving to stay ahead of the times.
  3.  Always be practical and avoid frivolousness.
  4. Always strive to build a homelike atmosphere at work that is warm and friendly.
  5. Always have respect for spiritual matters, and remember to be grateful at all times.

Toyota’s website states

The “Five Main Principles of Toyoda” are a written statement of the teaching of Sakichi Toyoda collected and arranged by Risaburo Toyoda and Kiichiro Toyoda. The Principles were first released on October 30, 1935, the fifth anniversary of Sakichi’s death. Since then, Five Main Principles of Toyoda have been handed down to every Toyota Group company and serve as conduct guidelines for all employees.

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