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Archive for November, 2006

Toyota manufacturing success

Posted by suntzu on November 20, 2006

Highlights of the original post:

Much of Toyota’s success, as well as that of numerous other Japanese manufacturers, is based on what Fujimoto Takahiro, a professor of economics at the University of Tokyo, calls suriawase, which literally means “grinding” but is better translated here as “integration.” Fujimoto asserts that there are two main approaches to manufacturing in this day and age: assembly and suriawase.

Suriawase involves integrating a vast number of individual parts and components to make a fine-tuned whole product. Rather than simply putting the different parts together, it entails ensuring that each of the parts complements the others and contributes to maximizing the performance of the product in question. This is achieved by maintaining close contact among all the different divisions involved in the production process, such as research and development, design, production technology, purchasing, and sales.

The key to Japan’s success in global markets lies not in simply assembling products but in nurturing companies with the cutting-edge technology that will enable them to take advantage of the suriawase approach.


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India Revisited by Forbes.com

Posted by suntzu on November 8, 2006

Author has attempted to find out if issues like outsourcing to India has made bad or good impacts on US.

Author describes the differences she found between her visit to India in 1980s and in 2005.

Although India is riding on cost advantages it is soon going to face similar problems like high wages, lack of skilled force etc. which corporate America is facing now. India’s huge middle class is transforming into upper middle class and their needs are increasing which can be tapped by American companies to tailor made products for Indian cities thereby finding new markets and new avenues of business growth. India too has startups e.g Cosmic Circuits and they are more like virtual cousions to Silicon Valley startups.

Author makes a subtle point by telling how rising India isn’t threat to America. A ok-type post though.

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