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2000: Introducing new production philosophy

After some initial contacts with Toyota in the mid-1990s, a team of production specialists was invited to spend a couple of months actually working at one of Toyota’s car production plants in the US. Amazed by the full implementation of Japanese principles in Kentucky, the Scania team was struck by the difference in style of leadership. Clearly noticeable were the set of shared principles and values that served to underpin the leadership. The Scania team left in the conviction that, carefully adapted to Scania’s corporate culture, the shared principles and values were clearly part of the solution to a more modern production. In due course, this was to result in a new company spirit at Scania. The exchange of ideas with Toyota continued for several years, Toyota showing avid interest in the principles of modularisation and later also in Scania’s implementation of its own production system, SPS.

Corporate milestones