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DemaNET 2012 - 2014

DemaNET – Dematerialization through new models for industrial networking



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 collaboration.



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 dematerialization.

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