Environmental Impact Reduction for Small and Medium-sized Manufacturing Enterprises in New Product Development

Woods, Thomas, Cheung, Wai Ming, Hilton, Kevin and Penlington, Roger (2015) Environmental Impact Reduction for Small and Medium-sized Manufacturing Enterprises in New Product Development. In: SDM'2015, International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing, 12-14 April 2015, Seville, Spain.

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Abstract

Environmental impact reduction (EIR) in product development can involve numerous activities. In relation to business objectives, the strategic review and integration of EIR should be considered a best practice development opportunity and a contribution towards longer term sustainability. It should be recognised that EIR requirements are often complex and challenging for businesses to implement, especially for those companies lacking the knowledge and resources. This has been found to be the case particularly with Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) due to the limitations of available capital and resource. This research was therefore seeking to investigate how to improve practices of sustainable product development in UK SMEs, and in what ways EIR alternatives should have influenced current practices in new product development.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: H100 General Engineering
H700 Production and Manufacturing Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
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Depositing User: Wai Ming Cheung
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2015 09:24
Last Modified: 10 May 2017 17:03
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/22708

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