You probably already know that JIT (just in time) manufacturing was developed in Japan in the early 1950s.
The country needed to rebuild its industry after the damage caused by WWII but were severely hampered by having little cash to build large-scale factories, not enough space to carry big inventories and very few natural resources to build anything.
If there was ever a time for necessity to be the mother of invention, it was this.
It wasn't long before the principles of JIT transformed Japan's automotive industry, which went on to enjoy reduced cycle times, faster routes to market and reduced operating costs. Two decades later and Japan had become a commercial superpower, admired the world over with all industry sectors adopting variations of their newfound methodologies.
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