Remanufacturing is an important piece of the sustainability puzzle. A step up from recycling, it keeps much of the value of products and/or their components intact and can form an important part of the closed-loop supply chain.
These sites have more information about remanufacturing:
- The Reman Institute
- The Remanufacturing Gazette – a blog, through which I found:
- The Centre for Remanufacturing & Reuse – see their newsletters
And here are a few papers, some mentioned on this blog before:
The Economics of Remanufacturing Under Limited Component Durability and Finite Product Life Cycles
R. Geyer, L. Van Wassenhove, and A. Atasu
in Management Science, January 2007
Closed-Loop Supply Chain Models with Product Remanufacturing,
C. Savaskan, S. Bhattacharya, and L. Van Wassenhove
in Management Science, 2004 (50/2). (240 citations as of July, 2010.)
Closed-Loop Logistics Model for Remanufacturing
V. Jayaraman, V. D. R. Guide Jr. and R. Srivastava
in The Journal of the Operational Research Society, Vol. 50, No. 5 (May, 1999), pp. 497-508
There are many more. For instance, a quick search on the International Abstracts in Operations Research (IAOR) Database nets 166 articles. The oldest, Remanufacturing by design, the missing link by Haynsworth and Lyons in the Production and Inventory Management Journal, dates back to 1987.