The Toyota Motor Co. Ltd (TMC) was first established in 1937 as a spin-off from Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, one of the world's leading manufacturers of weaving machinery, headed by Japan's 'King of Inventors' Sakichi Toyoda.
Since then we've gone on to become the world's second largest manufacturer of automobiles in unit sales and in net sales. In fact, we're by far the largest Japanese automotive manufacturer, producing more than 9.1 million vehicles per year, equivalent to one every six seconds.
One of the secrets of our success is the 'Toyota Production System'. Formally known as 'TPS' since 1970, the system is based on the principles of Jidoka (automation with a human touch), Just-in-time and Kaizen (continuous improvement). It's a major factor in our success, and underpins all our operations across the world.
Apart from building exceptional cars, we also believe in localising our operations to provide customers with the products they need, where they need them. We think this is the best way to build mutually beneficial long-term relationships with local suppliers and labour forces.
And we don't just manufacture, we also push back the frontiers of new technologies, via our global network of design and 'Research and Development' facilities in Japan, North America and Europe.
In every community in which the company operates, we also strive to be a responsible corporate citizen, forging close educational and environmental relationships with people and organisations in the local community.
We don't just want to move people, we want to enrich their lives. Because by creating the safest and most responsible ways of getting people around, we'll help make the world a truly better place.
Whether it's our long term goals of helping create a Smart Mobility Society, or simply our short term goals of producing more sustainable vehicles, we'll acheive them through our commitment to quality, constant innovation and a deep and underlying respect for the planet.
Toyota is aiming to redefine next-generation cars as not simply a form of transportation, but as a fully connected vehicle. By linking cars with people, roads, and communities, Toyota aims to let people live more safely and comfortably in a 'SMART MOBILITY SOCIETY'.