Sustainable manufacturing in Industry 4.0: an emerging research agenda
Journal article, 2020

This systematic review intends to identify how sustainable manufacturing research is contributing to the development of the Industry 4.0 agenda and for a broader understanding about the links between the Industry 4.0 and Sustainable Manufacturing by mapping and summarising existing research efforts, identifying research agendas, as well as gaps and opportunities for research development. A conceptual framework formed by the principles and technological pillars of Industry 4.0, sustainable manufacturing scope, opportunities previously identified, and sustainability dimensions, guided analysis of 35 papers from 2008–2018, selected by a systematic approach. Bibliometrics data and social network analysis complement results identifying how research is being organised and its respective research agendas, relevant publications, and status of the research lifecycle. Results point to that the current research is aligned with the goals defined by different national industrial programs. There are, however, research gaps and opportunities for field development, becoming more mature and having a significant contribution to fully developing the agenda of Industry 4.0.

industrial development agenda

Industry 4.0

4th industrial revolution

sustainable manufacturing

literature review


Carla Gonçalves Machado

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Supply and Operations Management

Mats Winroth

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Supply and Operations Management

Elias Hans Dener Ribeiro da Silva

University of Southern Denmark

International Journal of Production Research

0020-7543 (ISSN) 1366-588X (eISSN)

Vol. 58 5 1462-1484

SMART PM - Sustainable Manufacturing by Automated Real-Time Performance Management

VINNOVA (2018-01583), 2018-04-20 -- 2020-12-20.

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Other Engineering and Technologies

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance




More information

Latest update