Reinosuke Hara - Senior Advisor, SII Nano Techonology Inc
Globalization has been a trend in manufacturing industry. Necessary functions of manufacturing industry such as research and development, product development, and commercial production are in many cases located in different countries which hold diversified cultures.
Ethnic or national culture is reflected on management style as well as on features of technology. To be successful in global operation, mutual trust among host government, management staff and employees serves as a key.
Each country holds expertise of different nature. The US is featured with systemic technology. Japanese technology is based on systematic development. Aircraft industry is a good example. The US manufacturer is responsible for R&D and over-all design of jumbo jet through systemic approach. Japanese manufacturers supply components, lavatory/kitchen system and main wing. Systematic development is required to develop of these reliable products.
“Just-in-time production/delivery system” developed by Toyota Motor represents typical example of Japanese systematic technology. The system requires continuing effort for many years. Highly precise quality control systemic needed to develop and supply highly reliable products. Examples are given to show typical Japanese quality control system.