Objective of the Project
The objective of the project is to research, assess and promote innovative
operational concepts which support dematerialization in industry. The focus is
on remanufacturing which means recycling by manufacturing “good as new”
products from the used products. Remanufacturing means radical rethinking of
physical products, their life cycle and production and service systems.
The project creates understanding and knowledge about remanufacturing and its
application for the manufacturing industry. Remanufacturing is expected to
contribute to eco-efficiency and sustainability by saving material and energy
resources as well as decreasing waste while collecting used components and
giving them new life. The long term objective is a radical change where
remanufacturing and long-life products are seen as the normal way of
manufacturing and using products by customers from companies’ point of view.
This means a change of the current thinking where products are often designed
to become obsolete. On a shorter term the objective is to build future
competitiveness for manufacturing industry by identification of the best
practices and the new eco-innovations. The objective is also to define the
best strategies for the creation of new business activities in the field of
As a result the remanufacturing concept for manufacturing industry and the
development path towards society utilizing remanufacturing will be developed.
The concept includes models to assess sustainability, description about the
needed infra and services, value networks, material and information flows and
business models. As a research domain the project aims to create new openings
and understanding by the integration of the experience of industrial system
and network research and sustainability research on the other hand.
About the Project Consortium
The project will be carried out between 1.4.2012-31.10.2014 as a part of
DemaNET project, involving sustainability researchers and industrial
networking and business research at VTT, Lappeenranta University of Technology
and University of Jyväskylä. DemaNET is part of the Tekes Green Growth