A Pakistani student’s project report on the Ghandara Nissan plant

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Michel Baudin‘s insight:

If you have always wanted to visit the Ghandara Nissan plant in Pakistan, this 170-page report is the next best thing, with numerous photographs of the shops.

The title implies that the plant practices both Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma, but it is misleading.

It contains a long, general, and loose description of Six Sigma, but no evidence of it being used at Ghandara Nissan.

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Oppama Style | Dumontis

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A look at production behind the scenes at Nissan’s Oppama Plant, where everyday the Nissan Juke, Cube, Sylphy and 100%-electric LEAF roll off the lines

Michel Baudin‘s insight:

I did visit the Oppama plant(追浜工場), in 1980. Then it was making the Nissan Leopard for the Japanese market, the company’s cars were sold in the US under the Datsun brand, and they used Kanbans, which they called “workplates” to avoid borrowing the vocabulary of archrival “Company T from Aichi Prefecture.”

Times have changed. No one then could imagine that Nissan would ever fall under the control of a “second-rate” company like Renault, and even less that this odd couple would actually work while other seemingly better matches — like DaimlerBenz with Chrysler — would fail. And the Oppama plant soldiers on.

In this three-minute video of an 8-hour process, you catch glimpses of stamping, welding, painting, and assembly. The first thing that struck me was to see the superintendent, who was guiding the video tour, wearing a suit and tie. Perhaps it was for the camera but, in other Japanese plants I have been in, it would have been a faux-pas, as executives make a point of not standing out from shop floor operators by what they wear.

The little we see of the operations is as expected, frome the body welding robots  to the “pirate-ship” carts of parts that move along with the line in final assembly and the different types of engines lifted into the car bodies.

The plant has a densely-packed, lived-in look. It has been around for a while, and looks like a place where people make cars. By contrast, some of the newer plants in Germany like Porsche in Leipzig or Volkswagen in Dresden, look like showrooms.

And a hat tip to Dumontis for calling it Oppama Style.

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Japan can still teach the world about management: Toshiyuki Shiga, Nissan – Economic Times

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One might expect the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of a leading Japanese automobile company to be a man from manufacturing, an engineer who talks kanban and just-in-time processes. Not soToshiyuki Shiga, COO of Nissan. Shiga is a marketing man, an economics graduate fromOsaka Prefecture University and he’s more at home talking sociology than technology. Shiga has been with Nissan Motor Co for 37 years and he’s currently the second-in-command, after CEO Carlos Ghosn.

Michel Baudin‘s insight:

As a source of ideas in management and technology, Japan should neither be ignored, as it was through the 1970s, nor idealized as it was in the 1980s. It is 130 million fallible humans struggling with the hands they are dealt, who occasionally come up with insights we can all benefit from. This ia what I read in Shiga’s words.

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