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Defining a Closed-Loop US Aluminum Can Supply Chain Through Technical Design and Supply Chain Innovation
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Industrial marketing.
2013 (English)In: JOM: The Member Journal of TMS, ISSN 1047-4838, E-ISSN 1543-1851, Vol. 65, no 8, 941-950 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study is to conduct a supply chain material flow analysis (MFA) for the U.S. aluminum can market, consistent with studies conducted for the overall worldwide aluminum industry. A technical definition of the use of alloys 5182 and 3104 is conducted by metallurgists for use in the "aluminum can" MFA. Four propositions are created: technical, economic, and supply chain factors are as important to secondary aluminum recycling in an aluminum can as higher recycling rates (P-1); the development of a unialloy aluminum can will increase reuse rates, but recycling rates must increase for this to happen (P-2); a closed-loop aluminum can supply chain is not able to be fully realized in today's environment but is very useful for understanding improvement through both supply and demand (P-3); and UBC supply can improve through a "voluntary deposit-refund system" approach (P-4).

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2013. Vol. 65, no 8, 941-950 p.
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Aluminum industry, Recycling rate, Secondary aluminum, Supply and demand, Supply chain innovations, Supply-chain materials, System approach, Technical design
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Metallurgy and Metallic Materials Materials Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-126875DOI: 10.1007/s11837-013-0615-2ISI: 000322136400006ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84880917371OAI: diva2:642771

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