The Toyota Tonero – A TPS Story

The Toyota production system teaches that delivering greater value to the customer is of prime importance in the development of any product. Dave Moore from Toyota Material Handling examines how this affected the development of the new Toyota Tonero

The ‘Ultimate Change Programme’

Merger and acquisition – M&A - is the ‘ultimate change programme’. It is often high profile, always disruptive, and carries a large degree of risk. You need to manage the risk, and to do that, you have to approach the whole process in a practical and people-centred way explains David Axon, head of private equity and M&A at Celerant Consulting.

Finding the right solutions…

Andy Millar, engineering design manager of Bombardier Rail Control Solutions, describes how working in collaboration with a higher education institution through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership enabled his company to develop a product that is both innovative and marketable

More than just spin

Is renewable power generation simply another buzzword addition to the CSR phrase book, or can it provide a reliable, cost effective source of energy? Mark Young investigates

Biting back

The current state of the economy is making companies think twice about investing in a new ERP system. But is it time to revise cautious thinking, asks John Stephens, and bite back at the credit crunch?

Training for success

Linda Rawson, appointed last year as Gripple’s first learning and development manager, explains how she is implementing wide ranging training and development initiatives to encourage every employee to adopt a ‘can do’ attitude in every aspect of their work

The lean blockbuster

David Crowfoot and Toby Arnold identify the five most common problems encountered with lean manufacturing, and share their experiences of how to identify and overcome them

Eureka debunked

James Euchner, vice president advanced technology at Pitney Bowes, talks about the company’s new customer-centric approach to product innovation, and how it has trebled the number of products moving from research lab into product development