Toyoda, Kiichiro (1894-1952)

The son of Sakichi Toyoda, the founder of the Toyota Group. Under Kiichiro's leadership, Toyota entered the automotive industry in the 1930s. Kiichiro Toyoda believed he could keep the entire manufacturing process supplied if each process simply responded to the precise needs of the next process downstream in the value stream. He called this system Just-in-Time, which became one of the two pillars of the Toyota Production System. 

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