' At kaizen we are vested in technologically advanced improvement, adaptive to change, with results that are never the same" - JoseValle
In 2004 Jose Valle started Kaizen Motorsports. After co-owning another business and not seeing "eye to eye", he set off to create a new business, not just one with a name and no meaning behind it, but one with something that involved the make of cars that he had learned to work on. Before that first business he had learned a great deal from his mentor and great friend Mike Urbano. Mike U. and Jose V. worked together from the start of 1999. Jose aquired his first Supra in 1998 and the the rest is history!
Why Kaizen? Kaizen (改善), Japanese for "improvement", or "change for the better" refers to philosophy or practices that focus upon continuous improvement of processes in manufacturing, engineering, and business management.
Kaizen is a daily process, the purpose of which goes beyond simple productivity improvement. It is also a process that, when done correctly, humanizes the workplace, eliminates overly hard work ("muri"), and teaches people how to perform experiments on their work using the scientific method and how to learn to spot and eliminate waste in business processes. In all, the process suggests a humanized approach to workers and to increasing productivity: "The idea is to nurture the company's human resources as much as it is to praise and encourage participation in kaizen activities. Successful implementation requires "the participation of workers in the improvement."People at all levels of an organization participate in kaizen, from the CEO down to janitorial staff, as well as external stakeholders when applicable. The format for kaizen can be individual, suggestion system, small group, or large group. At Toyota, it is usually a local improvement within a workstation or local area and involves a small group in improving their own work environment and productivity. This group is often guided through the kaizen process by a line supervisor; sometimes this is the line supervisor's key role. Kaizen on a broad, cross-departmental scale in companies, generates total quality management, and frees human efforts through improving productivity using machines and computing power.
Fast forward to 2012
Today Kaizen is one of the premiere Toyota and Lexus tuning shops. Having started tuning VVTi engines in 2008, when most would say that it was stupid to do so, Kaizen did quite the opposite. Knowing that Mike at one point in 2000 saw it as a great way to increase engine response, we set out to do, what others said was stupid. Today Kaizen builds some of the most efficient 1JZ and 2JZ power plants. We also have many years working with AEM EMS systems and one of the best tuners in this industry, Beau Brown of BBRtuning. With Beau's help, we have been using alternative fuels (e85) and recently applying our build standards to Nissan engines.