In Reply to: Warning to Italian coach builders (& a joke too) posted by Ausgang on October 18, 1999 at 13:59:11:
: Japan does seem to outdo itself in shipping lumps of plastic copied from well-sculpted european origins. They must have translated 'The Graduate' into Japanese or something --- you know, PLASTIC. Were it not for their excellence in process quality, they wouldn't have an (export) industry to speak of. Oddly, this too was 'imported' after WWII by Deming and others who set the stage for Ishikawa and many others.
: This reminds me of a joke which plays on stereotypes: What is the difference between Heaven and Hell?
: In HEAVEN: (1) the French are the Cooks, (2) the Italians are the Lovers, (3) the Germans are the Engineers, (4) the Swiss are the Administrators, and the (5) English are the Police.
: In HELL: (1) the French are the Engineers, (2) the Italians are the Administrators, (3) the English are the Cooks, (4) the Swiss are the Lovers, and the (5) Germans are the Police.
It really must bug you to see a non-European society succeed. Even when you attempt to praise the Japanese, your praise is half-hearted. This "excellence in process quality" that you grudgingly grant them even as you minimize its significance has catapulted them into the 2nd largest economy in the world. Beating even your vaunted Germans. And designing world beating engines (as in Honda's F1 achievements) is not due merely to process quality.
Then, you just had to find a white guy to credit for Japan's manufacturing success. As important as Deming and Juran's ideas are, you know the hardest part is applying them. All of Europe and North America sure couldn't until the Japanese showed them how.
I have an E46 and have nothing against the Germans. But sorry, in a perfect world the Japanese are the Engineers,(though marketing should be left to Americans) because they can build it at least as well as the Germans and at less cost and greater reliability too.
I'm afraid Ausgang doesn't really like Auslanders and his mustache is getting narrower by the minute.