Since September 2005, the Monozukuri course (also known as the Secrets to Success in Manufacturing and Business Operating of Toyota Program) has been implemented in Vietnam by Toyota Vietnam Foundation (TVF), and it has drawn the attention of many enterprises and students in Vietnam.
And in order to systemize this program, TMV in co-operate with Hanoi University of Technology (HUT) has set up and operated a Monozukuri Training Center since 2006 under the agreement of the Ministry of Education & Training. TMV hopes the courses will provide students and enterprise managers with the secrets to success in manufacturing and business operating. This course also aims to implement Kaizen-showcase at local enterprises to help trainees to apply their knowledge from the course into their business and production innovation.
Up to now, there have been 24 Monozukuri courses organized and led by professors from world-class universities, and leaders from Toyota Motor Corporation as well as by top professors of Hanoi University of Technology. The course has attracted the participation of more than 700 students and representatives of local enterprises. Among them, there were representatives from Toyota’s local suppliers who were striving to apply knowledge gained from the course into running their businesses. For examples, Vietnam Precision Industrial Ltd. Company (VPIC), which provided the central body inner pillar for Innova, has started applying the Toyota production systems (TPS) in its plant since Jan, 2008 and have already begun to harvest the initial achievements.
Vietnam is on the process of the world economic integration, and the economy will gradually open the door to welcome investments from other countries. It will bring both opportunities and challenges to Vietnamese enterprises and people alike. One of the most challenging issues is that the “Tariff barriers” which was raised to protect the national economy will be demolished or diminished at the low rate, it will cause difficulty to local enterprises with tough competitions from the market. In order to overcome that challenge,local enterprises need to enhance their competitive capacity which can be achieved through implementing 2 simultaneous affairs: enhancing product quality and keeping the cost down.
There are 3 necessary factors to achieve high quality with effective cost: skill, knowledge, and secret techniques. At Toyota, we understand the necessary of constructing a skill transfering systematic structure, a continuously innovating stimulation (called “Kaizen”), and an optimal production process that aims to achieve “effect and cost reduction”, and the most importance issue is how to manage simultaneously the 3 above factors well. We also know the most important factor in this process is the human resources, not machines. Hence, human resource education and training is considered as a key affair. This is the reason that TVF implements Monozukuri - ”Keys to Success in Production and Business”, with the aim to share secret of Toyota’s success in manufacturing and doing business among Vietnamese.