Although TPM is in its relative infancy, there are already a number of success stories to tell. The Japanese, of course, have been practicing TPM for about 20 years. Today, it is estimated that over 1000 Japanese plants use TPM, covering the whole spectrum of industry, from micro electronics to automotive and steel making.
While the Japanese started TPM, they have no corner on the market. The trend to TPM is international. There is a tremendous surge of interest in TPM in Latin America, Southeast Asia and Europe.