Sustainability and cost efficiency in supply chains

How lean production philosophy can be combined with demands on sustainability considerations

A large number of changes are now taking place in order to adopt the lean production philosophies and to respond to sustainability considerations. Design methodologies and decision support for developing lean and sustainable supply chains, including integrated evaluation methods, are needed.

This project addresses how to design and evaluate cost efficient and sustainable supply chains that support Lean production processes. Models, methods and procedures, including specific tools, to be used when designing supply chain and evaluating performance, and when securing conformance to sustainability requirements, are developed in the project.

The models will be validated and adapted to the specific conditions in the participating companies to enable implementation. By generalizing the results an intention is to make the models available and useful for adaption to other manufacturing companies as well.

Organizations involved in addition to Logistics and Transportation: AB Volvo, Volvo Cars, FKG, Scania, Saab Automobile
Duration: 2009-2012
Project leader: Mats Johansson
Members: Christian Finnsgård, Mats Johansson and Carl Wänström
Contact person Logistics and Transportation: Mats Johansson,, Carl Wänström,

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