The University Of Michigan Japan Technology Management Program presents the 10th annual Lean Manufacturing Conference

Back to the Future
Lean Returns Home to Detroit: May 10-13




General Information

Flow manufacturing was born in Detroit with Henry Ford's experiments at Highland Park 90 years ago. Fifty years later Toyota developed Ford's system into the principles and practices of the Toyota Production System, or Lean Production. This year's Lean Manufacturing Conference will explore how many of the concepts of Lean Production actually began in Detroit, were lost along the way, and are now finding their way back home.

Our Tenth Anniversary coincides with Ford's 100th Anniversary. For this special conference, we will take an inside look at Ford's remarkable transformation of the River Rouge site, including the inaugural tour of the new Dearborn Truck Plant, where Ford has taken the icon of 20th Century mass production and turned it into a model for 21st Century sustainable environment lean manufacturing. This special tour will be led by the lean experts who designed this state-of-the-art plant. Throughout the conference there will be sessions dedicated to detailing the lean processes and approach to developing Ford’s newest plant in North America.

The Tenth Anniversary conference will be headlined by Ford North America’s President Jim Padilla, Jim Womack presenting his hard-hitting, yet entertaining, analysis of lean trends, John Shook bringing us up-to-date on the spread of Lean from Toyota to manufacturing operations globally, and Jeffrey Liker whose new book, The Toyota Way, is the first in-depth examination of the culture behind Toyota’s success.

As always, the conference will focus on education in state-of- the-art lean tools and implementation approaches. You will learn about pull systems, heijunka, creating flow in mixed-product value streams, lean supply chain management, lean product development, designing new production lines for lean, the lean office, and more. We will also look at other developments in the advancement of lean production close to home. General Motors’ Lansing Grand River plant has overtaken many of the best Japanese-owned operations in quality and productivity -- whether located here in North America or in Japan.

Join us at this tenth annual lean forum presented by a leader in lean education, the University of Michigan.

Questions: (734) 764-2349
Fax: (734) 763-0686

May 10th 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
May 11th 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
May 12th 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
May 13th 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Confirmation, Cancellations & Substitutions: You will receive confirmation by email or fax. To be eligible for a full refund of fees, notice of cancellation must be received in writing by March 31, 2004. Cancellations received April 6–April 20 will be charged a $50 handling fee; cancellations received April 21–April 30 will be charged 25% of the registration fee. Registrants who cancel on or after May 1 or who fail to attend will be charged the full amount. Substitutions may be made at any time.


Contact Information
Telephone: 734-763-3258
Fax: 734-763-0686
Postal Address: Japan Technology Management Program
1205 Beal Ave., 2715 IOE Bldg.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2117
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