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Material Efficiency Measurement: Empirical Investigation of Manufacturing Industry
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3390-938X
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9068-3527
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7935-8811
2017 (English)In: Procedia Manufacturing, ISSN 2351-9789, Vol. 8, 112-120 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Improving material efficiency contributes to reduce the volume of industrial waste as well as resource consumption. However, less has been published addressing on what to measure for material efficiency in a manufacturing company. This paper presents the current practice of material efficiency performance indicators in a manufacturing context through a bottom-up approach. In addition to literature review, the empirical data was collected via a multiple case study at seven global manufacturing companies located in Sweden. The results show that existing material efficiency indicators are limited and are mainly measured as a cost or quality parameter rather than environment. The limited number of measurements relates to the fact that material efficiency is not considered as a central business in manufacturing companies and is managed by environmental department with limited correlation to operation. Additionally, these measurements do not aim to reduce waste volume or improve homogeneity of generated waste.

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Elsevier B.V. , 2017. Vol. 8, 112-120 p.
Keyword [en]
manufacturing, Material efficiency, performance indicator
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Materials Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-35132DOI: 10.1016/j.promfg.2017.02.014ScopusID: 2-s2.0-85015670734OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-35132DiVA: diva2:1087246
Available from: 2017-04-06 Created: 2017-04-06 Last updated: 2017-04-06Bibliographically approved

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