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Approach to enable a material efficiency-strategy for small and medium sized manufacturing enterprises

  • It has not yet been possible to achieve the desired aim of decoupling economic growth from global material demand. Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) represent the backbone of most industrialized economies. Although material efficiency is of vital importance for many SMEs, few of them actually treat it as their top priority. There is a cornucopia of tools and methods available, which can be used for material efficiency purposes. These, however, have gained little groud in the SME-field. This work deals with the enabling factors for material efficiency improvements in manufacturing SMEs and projections towards aspects of supply chain and circular economy. A multi-disciplinary decoupling approach for manufacturing SMEs and an implementation roadmap for further practical development are proposed. The approach combines appropriate complexity of technology and socio-economic considerations. It enables a connection to existing methods and the implementation of established information technologies.

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Author of HS ReutlingenKleine-Möllhoff, Peter; Braun, Anja; Reichenberger, Volker; Seiter, Stephan
Erschienen in:Procedia CIRP
Place of publication:Amsterdam
Document Type:Journal article
Publication year:2018
Tag:decision support tool; manufacturing; material; productivity
Page Number:6
First Page:787
Last Page:792
DDC classes:670 Industrielle und handwerkliche Fertigung
Open access?:Ja
Licence (German):License Logo  Creative Commons - CC BY-NC-ND - Namensnennung - Nicht kommerziell - Keine Bearbeitungen 4.0 International