Through mutual support, open communication and sharing of best practices, we are making sure that our suppliers can deliver at the highest level and remain competitive.
Toyota’s European Association of Manufacturers (TEAM) is a group of Toyota suppliers who work together and strive to improve their performance through mutual support, open communication and sharing ideas and techniques. TEAM is one of 12 Toyota supplier associations that exist globally, and the only one based with a regional basis.
Supported by TME Purchasing, TEAM is made up of 70 long-term business partners organised in 10 groups spread across three regions (UK, Turkey, and Central Europe). These 10 groups meet at a core group level every month to focus on practical shop-floor improvement, rotating around each company location. Twice a year, all companies meet for an Annual Review and Interim Review Meeting (ARM/IRM).
Every company follows an annual improvement project using the Toyota Business Practice approach to problem solving. During the monthly meetings, the companies hold an improvement workshop focused on practical Kaizen, or real shop-floor problem solving.