Main targets for this study were decoding the TOYOTA Production
System myth, establish an actual benchmarking for Lean production and production systems following a Lean Thinking
approach and sense trends for the coming years.
The focus was on Toyota Production System (TPS) modules, on value creation flow
("Value Stream Performance") as evidence for efficient material and products flows and the according key
success factors. In 2007, once more the study conducted in German speaking countries, France, Slovakia, Czech Republic
and Hungary, showed the positive influence between classical TPS modules and value creation flow.
Werner Geiger (Agamus Consult),
"TPS modules that do not reflect in accounting figures have no value. Conversely, if Lean principles are not
deployed, economic success may not be possible in mid or long term."
Favored among TPS modules in the actual context, Werner Geiger points the supplier developpment
Production levelling (heijunka), quick response systems, a sustainable value creation
methodology and periodic supply of material in production.