HAMAMATSU, Japan -- In a sea of sparks and robotics, a worker is detected in the body shop of Suzuki Motor Corp.’s Kosai assembly plant. He has to be seen to be believed. He literally runs from task to task, covering about three stations with no visible breaks in the action. One gets tired just watching. After witnessing the work ethic, it is not hard to believe Suzuki officials when they say they will achieve the goals of their latest manufacturing initiative. After three years of ...

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