TRNAVA, Slovakia -- PSA/Peugeot-Citroen is adopting Toyota manufacturing practices at its new Slovak car factory.
The French automaker is borrowing from the Toyota Production System (TPS). PSA uses Toyota's techniques for its logistics, at its supplier park and at individual work stations on the assembly line, say suppliers and logistics providers.
The PSA plant here started building the Peugeot 207 in April.
"It is not completely [TPS], but in the direction of TPS," said Olivier Large, head of Gefco Slovakia, the local arm of PSA's wholly owned logistics provider.
"We will deliver to operators on the line fewer parts at a time -- not 10, but two or three. This means more frequent and smaller packages," Large told Automotive News Europe.
PSA said it learned firsthand from Toyota at their joint-venture assembly plant in Kolin, Czech Republic, which opened in early 2005. There, PSA is responsible for purchasing.
Manufacturing is handled by Toyota, considered the industry's most efficient car producer.
"Between Toyota and us, it's a two-way street. At Kolin we learned from them and they learned from us," PSA spokesman Marc Bocque said. "For sure Trnava will adopt state-of-the-art manufacturing practices, including what we have learned in Kolin, but also elsewhere. We adapt what we learn to our own culture."