Sustainable Production by Integrating Business Models of Manufacturing and Recycling Industries
Paper in proceedings, 2011

Future raw material shortage, high price levels and environmental regulations requires increased reuse of materials and components. This will substantially influence conditions for both manufacturing and recycling industries, which need to innovate their business models. Our hypothesis is that an integrated co-operation between organizations within these industries, employing symbiotic business models will increase the profitability and reduce the total environmental impact. Findings from interaction with manufacturing and recycling industries using a business model framework as baseline are presented. Results indicate that profit and decreased environmental effects can be achieved through symbiotic business models, but further development and implementation is needed.


Sustainable Production

Industrial Ecology

Business models



Björn Johansson

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Production Systems

Christopher Jonsson

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Production Systems

Anders Sundelin

Proceedings of the 18th CIRP International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering


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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Other Computer and Information Science

Other Environmental Engineering

Information Science

Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

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