26 Feb - 27 Feb 2015

Lean Master Class with Japanese Toyota Sensei

Akinori Hyodo from Toyota’s HiAce manufacturing plant will lead a two day Master Class in Lean Thinking on February 26th and 27th in Auckland.


This two-day Master Class will provide insights and examples used directly within Toyota, and include a site visit to Etel Limited. Hyodo Sensei explains Lean in a way that is profoundly easy to understand and simplifies the approach to Lean Thinking and Continuous Improvement across industry.

There are few opportunities to hear from the masters of Lean Thinking so to have one on your doorstep is an opportunity not to be missed. This event is hosted by Simply Lean Business Solutions in association with our Australian partner, Shinka Management.

Akinori Hyodo:

Hyodo Sensei is a long-time Toyota Production System Leader and former Factory Manager and Kaizen Leader. Having retired as a Factory Manager, he now heads the Kaizen Training arm of that same Toyota factory providing Lean training courses for companies in Toyota’s supply chain, and in addition hosts the training component of our annual Lean Japan Tour.

  • Factory Manager Toyota Parts Factory
  • Factory Manager Toyota Assembly Plant
  • 13 years member and leader of All-Toyota Kaizen Promotion Team
  • 27 years leading TPS Development within the No.1 ranked Toyota factory for Quality
  • Consulted globally with wide range of non-automotive companies


Day 1:

  • TPS Principles
  • Developing human assets
  • Role of top management
  • Factory visit and diagnosis


Day 2:

  • Factory visit review
  • 5S and visual Management
  • Standardized Work creation
  • Continuous Improvement Culture

The Masterclass will also include an overview of the operations at the Toyota Hiace Factory in Japan, as well as an afternoon tour and mini diagnosis at Etel Limited, 550 Rosebank Road, Avondale, Auckland (Please use own transport to travel from the Conference Centre to Etel Limited).

Target Audience:

This Masterclass has been developed for Managing Directors and Managers in Operations, Production, Continuous Improvement, or Quality interested in fostering a culture of Continuous Improvement within their organisation. Learn first-hand how process improvement is achieved within Japan’s leading companies, and more importantly, how to begin to implement or advance these practices within your organisation. Particularly relevant sectors include Manufacturing, Food and Beverage and Service.

Eligibility and Registration of Interest:

To Register your Interest in this event click on the Enquire button on the right of this page and fill in your details. Spaces are limited and a maximum of two participants may attend from each company. Simply Lean Business Solutions Limited, Shinka Management and Etel Limited reserve the right to decline registrations owing to conflicts of interest. Confirmation of your registration and payment details will be by return email.