Remanufacturing: a key strategy for sustainable development

Winifred L. Ijomah, Steve Childe, Chris McMahon

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Remanufacturing is a process of bringing used products to "like-new" functional state with warranty to match. It recovers a substantial proportion of the resource incorporated in a used product in its first manufacture, at low additional cost, thus reducing the price of the resulting product. The key remanufacturing problem is the ambiguity in its definition leading to paucity of knowledge and research in the process. Also, few remanufacturing tools and techniques have been developed to improve its efficiency and effectiveness. This paper addresses these issues by describing the findings of in-depth UK case studies, including, a robust remanufacturing definition and an analytic model of the generic remanufacturing business process for improving remanufacturing knowledge and expertise.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Design and Manufacture for Sustainable Development
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)1-86058-470-5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2004


  • remanufacturing
  • sustainable development
  • environment
  • manufacturing
  • design

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