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.

Scientific Excellence

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 remanufacturing.

Scientific Outcome

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 technology programme.