Towards sustainable manufacturing through collaborative circular economy strategies

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Abstract

The principles of a circular economy (CE)—social, economic and environmental—could enhance the sustainability of the manufacturing sector, but
radical transitions and collaboration are required in order to fully engage with this paradigm change. This study is based on the assumption that, through collaborative strategies, a CE could transform the inefficiencies of linear value chains into novel competitive advantages for manufacturing companies. This conceptual paper presents a framework that integrates the identified inefficiencies of linear manufacturing value chains and an assessment model describing the five maturity levels of CE. At the lowest level—linearity—there is no collaboration; at the next—industrial piloting—experiments are conducted with discrete pilot projects within supply-chain partners. The third level—systemic material management—cannot be achieved without close collaboration and fair data exchange, while the next level—CE thinking—envisages a closed-loop supply chain. The highest level—full circularity—contributes not only to environmental, but also to economic and social sustainability. This paper argues that the identification of novel value circles and the co-creation of value with a variety of partners are crucial aspects for enabling the CE transition.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of PRO-VE 2021 : Smart and Sustainable Collaborative Networks 4.0
PublisherSpringer
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 31 Aug 2021
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event22nd IFIP/SoColnet Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises, PRO-VE 2021: Smart and Sustainable Collaborative Networks 4.0 - Saint Etienne, France
Duration: 22 Nov 202124 Nov 2021

Publication series

SeriesIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
ISSN1868-4238

Conference

Conference22nd IFIP/SoColnet Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises, PRO-VE 2021
Country/TerritoryFrance
CitySaint Etienne
Period22/11/2124/11/21

Keywords

  • circular economy
  • connected factories
  • collaboration
  • manufacturing companies
  • digitalisation
  • supply chain

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