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Title: Sustainable product development strategies: Business planning and performance implications
Authors: Bateman, RJ
Keywords: Sustainable design strategies;Life cycle analysis;Business planning
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Sage
Citation: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 226(10), 1665 - 1674, 2012
Abstract: Manufacturing firms are under many financial and competitive pressures which focus attention on the performance of their manufacturing processes. In this paper the opportunities for improving the environmental impact of products within the constraints of existing manufacturing infrastructure are examined. Approaches which support sustainability in two aspects are proposed, firstly, the provision of products to the users in ways which extend the product life and secondly, manufacturing approaches which reduce resource usage. This paper outlines three different sustainable development strategies for different product types and describes the cost implications for manufacturers across the life-cycle. The performance measures affected by these strategies are examined drawing on product development case studies from a number of high technology sectors to highlight the different approaches taken. The results are intended to aid manufacturers during the earliest stages of business planning to consider alternative product development approaches which are more sustainable.
Description: Copyright © 2012 by Institution of Mechanical Engineers. This is the author's accepted manuscript. The final published article is available from the link below.
ISSN: 0954-4054
Appears in Collections:Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Advanced Manufacturing and Enterprise Engineering (AMEE)
Dept of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering Research Papers

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