Car manufacturer Toyota has indicated lean processing remains a major part of its plan for growth in the coming years.
The company's executive vice-president Atsushi Niimi admitted the firm is facing competition from the likes of fellow Asian carmaker Hyundai, but will be sticking to its current lean plan.
Speaking at a manufacturing conference, he stated the aim for Toyota is "a total elimination of waste", reports the Associated Press.
Mr Niimi also noted there is a need for the company to remain competitive against the rising strength of the yen.
Assembly lines will be made shorter and more flexible as lean principles continue to be used by the manufacturer.
China, India, Brazil and other newer markets are where the future lies for Toyota, which has been using lean processing for many years as it strives for efficiency.
The company manufactures models such as the Yaris, the Auris, the Avensis and the Prius.
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