The GOAL of the DemaNET-project is to create future preparedness and
knowledge for the Finnish industry about business concepts and networking
models that advance dematerialization.
The CONCEPTS to be studied are:
Remanufacturing means radical rethinking of physical products, their lifecycle
and the production and service system. Strategic eco-industrial networks
advance dematerialization through symbiotic forms of inter-industry
The OBJECTIVE of the project is to research, assess and promote
innovative operational concepts which support dematerialization in industry.
The main research questions can be consolidated as:
How the concept of remanufacturing can be applied in Finnish industry
What kind of strategic eco-industrial networks can be built to advance
dematerialization, for example across different industrial fields?
How these dematerialization concepts can be promoted in Finnish industry, what
are the challenges, prerequisites, incentives and drivers?
How the principles of value-based competitiveness can support the
dematerialization and success of companies?
What kind of actions of different stakeholders are needed to support the
development towards radical dematerialization, what is the development path?
The long-term VISION of DemaNET:
Sustainability becomes an increasingly important driver of competitiveness at
a global, national, industry, and firm level. Sustainability challenges have a
major influence on societal-, industrial- and consumer decision-making. New
concepts, business models and nextpractice platforms are needed to facilitate
the value change.
Product concepts will undergo a radical change from “planned-to-age” to
“eternal”, long-life, renewable products with reuse in the form which is most
ecoefficient. To support the vision, new ultimate reuse concepts, such as
remanufacturing, are needed.
Eco-efficiency is becoming increasingly important driver for industrial
collaboration. New types of strategic ecoindustrial networks will be created
across different industrial fields to advance competitiveness and
The research institutes participating the project: VTT, Lappeenranta
University of Technology and University of Jyväskylä
The companies participating the project: Benet Oy, Fortum Oyj, John Deere
Forestry Oy, Kemira Oyj, Martela Oyj, Pöyry Finland Oy, The Federation of
Finnish Technology Industries, Turku Repair Yard Oy, UPM Oyj, Tana Oy and
Valtra Oy Ab