7 Companies Using Lean Manufacturing Today

Lean manufacturing is the practice of maximizing productivity without incurring waste. The concept was actually created by Toyota, but it applies to (and is used in) many industries around the world today, including C Tek Lean Solutions. From shoes to cars, these seven companies incorporate the tools, principles, and philosophy of lean manufacturing into their practices. 


Toyota is the company that started lean manufacturing. Toyota introduced the concept 90 years ago in 1930. Since then, it has used lean manufacturing to rise to the top of the auto production market. Its principle is now replicated around the world. 


Nike is a global producer of shoes and athletic clothing. Recently, Nike has partnered with other manufacturers and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to address sustainability issues. Nike launched a Sustainable Apparel Coalition as a result. 

Caterpillar Inc.

Caterpillar has modeled its lean manufacturing process after Toyota. Specifically, Caterpillar incorporated lean principles to expedite production and reduce waste. 

Kimberley-Clark Corporation

Kimberley-Clark adopted the principles of lean manufacturing to increase staff development and engagement. As a result, absenteeism declined and worker productivity increased. 


Intel, one of the world’s largest producers of computer chips, uses lean manufacturing principles to guide product delivery. Today, the company states that it takes 10 days to bring a computer chip to market, compared to 14 weeks just five years ago. 

Parker Hannifin

Parker Hannifin is one of the world’s largest producers of motion control technology. Nearly 20 years ago, the company began using electronic strategies to incorporate lean manufacturing into its production cycle. Ultimately, it increased quality and productivity while simultaneously reducing cost. 

John Deere

John Deere made a significant investment in lean technology in 2003. Its investment paid off in the form of reducing waste while improving production time and quality. The company applied its lean manufacturing principles to its main facility in Iowa. 

From small businesses to multi-national corporations, lean manufacturing is a valuable tool for companies. Contact C Tek Lean Solutions to learn more about the benefits of lean manufacturing.