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Toyota Production System (TPS) will be the focus of the first workshop. TPS is not just a manufacturing process - it is a business model. TPS influences every aspect of Toyota's organisation and includes a common set of values, knowledge and procedures and how visitors can apply it to their business.

During the workshop participants will be invited to work in a small team simulating specific roles within a typical assembly line. The task will both adopt and omit TPS to demonstrate its overall effectiveness.

Managing your assets - will form the basis of the second workshop available. Visitors will be able to benefit from hints and tips on how to get the best out of their fleet and will see how Toyota I_Site can give them the information they need in order to reduce costs and increase productivity. Toyota I_Site experts help companies set up monitoring and reporting to control damage costs, realise cost savings and enhance safety, and optimise their fleet usage regardless of size, from a single truck to a multi fleet.

Driving down costs will be the second workshop on offer at the Toyota stand and will act as a launch for Toyota's new Pride in Performance programme. Designed for all truck users the new programme aims to show companies how they can reduce costs by promoting best practice in the workplace.

Accidents and damage can have a huge impact within an organisation as well as being an unnecessary cost. Damage can relate to goods, infrastructure and truck downtime. The programme is unique in the industry, and aims to establish a new standard of recognition for material handling operators of forklift trucks and warehouse equipment throughout the UK. To support the Pride in Performance programme, Toyota will offer a free support pack, including a handbook for supervisors, safety posters, and other useful resources.

Tony Wallis, operations director, advises: "IMHX provides an ideal opportunity for us to showcase our comprehensive product range, from the simplest hand pallet truck to class leading forklifts. In addition to viewing models on our main stand, visitors will be able to see how Toyota can specifically improve their business operations and drive down costs through our hands-on workshops."

Toyota Material Handling will be exhibiting on stand 20F70 from the 16th to the 19th November 2010 at the NEC Birmingham.

The seminars will be open to all visitors at IMHX. Applications for places at the workshops can be made on the Toyota website.