from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The manufacture of goods in large quantities, often using standardized designs and assembly-line techniques.
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- n. The process of manufacturing products on a large scale.
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- n. the production of large quantities of a standardized article (often using assembly line techniques)
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If mass production is ideally suited to the survival of big companies through deep cycles in demand, it may also be cycle-enhancing.
Even more striking, Ford, the originator of mass production seventy-five years ago, is now practically as lean in its North American assembly plants as the average Japanese transplant in North America.5 The best U.S.-owned plants in North America are now nearly as productive as the average Japanese plant—and are very nearly equal in quality.
At the end of the 1930s, Volkswagen and Fiat began ambitious plans for mass production at Wolfsburg and Mirafiori, but World War II soon put civilian production on hold.
EPILOGUE 1. For a review of the impact of mass production on European thinking, see Thomas Hughes, American Genesis: A Century of Invention and Technological Enthusiasm, New York: Penguin Books, 1989, particularly Chapter 6, “Taylorismus + Fordismus = Amerikanismus,” and Chapter 7, “The Second Discovery of America.”
Perhaps it can yet do so in the 1990s, but for the moment the Chinese industry is still focused inward, pursuing a combination of extremely rigid mass production in its two volume-production complexes in Changchun (No. 1 Auto Works) and Hubai (No. 2 Auto Works) and inefficient low-quality craft production in about a hundred additional vehicle-manufacturing facilities spread throughout China.4
Sloan would make the system Ford had pioneered complete, and it is this complete system to which the term mass production applies today.
We in the IMVP have been pilgrims ourselves, first to the best lean-production facilities—all in Japan until very recently—and then back to the strongholds of mass production in North America and Europe.
Back at home in Nagoya, Eiji Toyoda and his production genius, Taiichi Ohno, soon concluded—for reasons we will explain shortly—that mass production could never work in Japan.
Craft production characteristics of drawbacks of versus mass production organization in overtake of, by mass production at Panhard et Levassor P&L
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