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Lean Thinking was originally developed in
Toyota’s manufacturing operations and spread
through its supply base in the 1970’s, and its
distribution and sales operations in the 1980’s.
The term was popularised in the book The
Machine that Changed the World (Womack,
Jones 1990), which clearly illustrated - for the
first time - the significant performance gap
between the Japanese and western automotive
industries. It described the key elements
accounting for this superior performance as
Lean production - ‘Lean’ because Japanese
business methods used less of everything -
human effort, capital investment, facilities, inventories and time - in manufacturing,
product development, parts supply and customer relations.
Lean Thinking can be applied to any organisation in any sector, the principles and
techniques are transferable, often with little adaptation. Combined with Six Sigma
and a focus on the behaviours of the organisation, this provides a strong foundation
to a significant transformational change.
With over 20 years in the business of improvement why not contact us today to
understand how Lean Thinking can transform your business.
Finbarr Sheehy, Founder