InImpact: The Journal of Innovation Impact

Publisher Future Technology Press
Vol. 8 No. 2 KES Transactions on SDM II - Sustainable Design and Manufacturing 2015
Volume Editors KES International
Journal ISSN 2051-6002
Article TitleRemanufacturing in Pearl River Delta Area China: Challenges and Opportunities
Primary AuthorYong-chao Wang, Tianhe college, Guangdong Polytechnic Normal University (China)
Other Author(s) Ya-Feng Zhu
Pages 258 - 268
Article ID sdm15-041
Publication Date 02-May-16

The promotion of remanufacturing for ecological and economical sustainable development lies in an effective and efficient recycling of materials, parts and components of end-of-life products. In this paper, a transverse and vertical analysis methodology is adopted to investigate the status quo of remanufacturing in Pearl River Delta Area (PRDA), one of the rapidest developing regions in China. For a transverse perspective, three industry sectors, i.e., furniture, household appliance and machine tool, are taken as examples to analyze the present situation of remanufacturing in PRDA. For a vertical perspective, strategic driven factors are discussed primarily from government legislation, enterprise motives and social environmental awareness. It is pointed out that the challenges of remanufacturing industry in PRDA are characterized not only by a greater and ever-increasing demand of products when reach their end-of-life, but also by the realization of landfill and the highly detrimental environmental impact of incineration. Since remanufacturing is at an early stage in PRDA, it is suggested that the objective of remanufacturing industry for PRDA should be set to dismantling-recycling-focused scenario, to improve material recycling rate.

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Remarks Paper presented at KES International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing, 12-14 April 2015
First date of publication in InImpact: 1 December 2015