Embraer Partners With Toyota to Maximize Production System Efficiency
Embraer has signed an agreement with Toyota do Brasil in order to embrace the world-renowned Toyota Production System (TPS) principles and concepts in industrial operations, with the goal of reducing waste and improving operational efficiency.
On Thursday (June 30, 2022), Embraer announced the signing of a new agreement with Toyota do Brasil in order to embrace the Toyota Production System (TPS) principles and concepts in industrial operations. The initiative’s goal is to eliminate waste and obtain operational efficiency, while increasing value for stakeholders. During the initial phase of the partnership, a team of TPS specialists from Toyota will immerse themselves in Embraer’s daily work to evaluate and suggest improvements for the company’s main manufacturing operations in São José dos Campos, Brazil.
In Thursday’s announcment, Embraer’s CEO, Francisco Gomes Neto, said,
“Bringing Toyota to execute this work reinforces Embraer’s commitment to focus on business excellence and sustainable growth. It will be an excellent opportunity to exchange knowledge and accelerate the usage of the Lean philosophy in the production systems, while strengthening practices already conducted by the Embraer Enterprise Excellence Program, the P3E.”
Also commenting on the new partnership, Toyota do Brasil’s President, Rafael Chang, added,
“TPS is a methodology that can contribute to different scenarios and occasions. More than efficiency and productivity, the TPS can provide solutions that allow industry and other sectors to continuously improve their processes, which is one of Toyota's pillars worldwide. There is still a possibility that we can contribute to the ESG agenda.”
Embraer has followed the Lean philosophy as a business strategy since 2007, spreading the P3E principles, concepts and practices. The system of excellence aims to achieve safety first, quality always and on-time deliveries, all at the best possible cost. Additionally, as a reference in the concept of Industry 4.0, Embraer has made progress at the forefront of manufacturing technologies with digital, integrated, and environmentally conscious factories, along with a continuous improvement of processes. The company’s goal is to become carbon neutral from 2022, and to ensure that 100 percent of energy used in Brazilian operations is from renewable sources by 2024.
The Toyota Production System (TPS) is a management philosophy that helps optimize business results with a focus on safety, logistics, and process management – always with high quality at a low cost. Among the main TPS concepts that will be worked on in partnership with Embraer is ‘just in time’, a concept that aims to create a continuous flow of manufacturing and better partnerships with suppliers for the efficient use of parts and resources, while avoiding excessive inventories and waste. Another concept is the jikoda, which aims to improve the quality and added value of work executed in a factory.
Headquartered in Brazil, Embraer is a global aerospace company and the leading manufacturer of aircraft with 70-150 seats, with more than 100 customers worldwide. The company maintains industrial units, offices and service/parts distribution centers across the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe. Embraer has logged over 1,900 orders for their E-Jets and the company has already delivered over 1,600 of the jets to 80 customers in 50 countries. Since the company’s founding in 1969, Embraer has delivered over 8,000 aircraft. Today, an Embraer aircraft takes off on average every ten seconds, carrying over 145 million passengers annually.