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EV Battle-Toyota Gambles On New Technology And Sentimental Wisdom

In the heart of Japan's industrial hub, Toyota is orchestrating a transformation in its manufacturing approach to bridge the gap in battery electric vehicles (EVs). Building on its renowned lean production methods, the world's leading automaker is blending new technologies with time-tested practices to eliminate inefficiencies and streamline costs. During a recent plant tour in central Japan, Toyota unveiled a series of groundbreaking advancements, some revealed to the public for the first time. Among these innovations is a technique for crafting high-gloss bumpers devoid of paint. This process involves meticulously hand-polishing the mold to a mirror-like finish, imparting a stunning sheen to the bumper. In another stride forward, aging machinery, in service for over three decades, has undergone a remarkable transformation. Through the integration of robotics and 3D modeling, these units can now operate around the clock, including nights and weekends, resulting in a threef
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