What is Monozukuri?
Literally mono= ‘thing’ and zukuri (tsukuru) ‘process of making’;
-> the process of making or creating things. The word has an more intense meaning; monozukuri is about having a state of mind, the spirit to produce not only excellent products but also have the the ability to constantly improve the production system and its processes. It is “the duplication of design data into a material.” or the “art, science and craft of making things.” It is described as ‘having the spirit of producing excellent products and the ability to constantly improve a production system and -process.’
Taken from http://www.makigami.info/forum/index.php?topic=86.0