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Material Efficiency Measurement: Empirical Investigation of Manufacturing Industry
Mälardalens högskola, Innovation och produktrealisering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3390-938X
Mälardalens högskola, Innovation och produktrealisering.
Mälardalens högskola, Innovation och produktrealisering.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9068-3527
Mälardalens högskola, Innovation och produktrealisering.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7935-8811
2017 (English)In: Procedia Manufacturing from 14th Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing, GCSM 3-5 October 2016, Stellenbosch, South Africa / [ed] Günther Seliger, Holger Kohl, Gert Adriaan Oosthuizen, Elsevier, 2017, Vol. 8, p. 112-120Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
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, 2017. Vol. 8, p. 112-120
Keywords [en]
manufacturing, Material efficiency, performance indicator
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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Production Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-217684DOI: 10.1016/j.promfg.2017.02.014Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85015670734OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-217684DiVA, id: diva2:1157502
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14th Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing, GCSM 3-5 October 2016, Stellenbosch, South Africa
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XPRES - Initiative for excellence in production research
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Available from: 2017-04-06 Created: 2017-11-16 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved

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