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Date(s) - 26/11/2018 - 29/11/2018
12:00 am

From November 26-29, PhD-researcher Nina Boorsma from the TU Delft will travel to Vienna, Austria, to present two conference papers at the Going Green – CARE INNOVATION 2018 conference. During this international conference, paper & poster presentations, workshops and an exhibition will be held, elaborating on different topics related to electronics and the environment.

Nina will contribute to the break-out session about remanufacturing and repair. One of the papers will go into depth on the capabilities required to tackle barriers in the remanufacturing industry. The other will focus on a workshop tool developed to bridge knowledge gaps in the remanufacturing industry. Below you can find a link to the conference website, as well as the titles and abstracts of the conference papers.

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Abstract: The transition towards a circular economy proposes to deliver sustainable, lower carbon opportunities to society, governments and companies. This paper focuses on finding barriers encountered during remanufacturing activities and interpreting the barriers by using a framework for dynamic capabilities. Dynamic capabilities enable companies to adjust to changes in their business activities. In the literature, remanufacturing is described as a process to restore used products to a ‘as good as new’ condition, through a series of steps. This paper discusses the analysis of in-depth interviews with a selection of five remanufacturing companies. The companies are from the following sectors: automotive, IT, photocopiers, industrial robots and building components. Results show they have a tendency to put technical capabilities at the core of their research, leaving ‘softer’ capabilities, such as sensing and learning, less developed.

Abstract: Remanufacturing is seen as a key strategy as part of the transition towards a circular economy. When looking at the available tools in literature to support companies to overcome barriers in this field, it can be concluded that only a few tools exist to serve this goal. This paper focuses on the development of a workshop for remanufacturing entrepreneurs and practitioners, which aims to overcome the barriers identified in two European Union KIC EIT Raw Materials funded projects. More widely, the outcomes aim to foster the further development and exploitation of remanufacturing practice.
The workshop was based on literature and case studies that highlighted barriers to remanufacturing. The workshop exercises support participants in developing company specific solutions and simultaneously provides a framework for discussion. Based on participants’ evaluations, exercises discussing product design, selecting a business model and planning reverse logistics were considered most insightful. Lower rated aspects, included offering more services around products and offering products as services.