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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 ground 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 of 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:Von Brücken, Menschen und Systemen : Festschrift für Michael Wörz
Publisher:Hochschule Reutlingen
Place of publication:Reutlingen
Editor:Bernd Banke
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of Publication:2019
Page Number:21
First Page:285
Last Page:305
DDC classes:670 Industrielle und handwerkliche Fertigung
Open Access?:Ja
Licence (German):License Logo  Creative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International