To remain competitive on the global market, industry is continuously improving economic, social and environmental performance. The REWIND project seeks to take advantage of current industrial trends in digitalisation and sustainability. Capitalising on the expertise of the academic and industrial partners, the consortium will make use of digital technologies, assessment methods, strategic planning tools and materials research to realise opportunities towards a circular economy. Combining the principles of lean production and eco-efficiency within the processes of Stena Recycling, Volvo AB and IKEA GreenTech, the objective is to retain the value embedded in materials with circular strategies (reuse, remanufacture, recycle, repurpose and other recovery routes). These principles are complex to implement; piloting in close collaboration with diverse stakeholders is a key to success. These pilot cases will provide examples of circular economy in the Swedish industry, help to increase competitiveness, and raise Sweden’s profile on the international scene. Lessons learnt from all three pilots will be generalised and used to develop educational tools for engineers and industry leaders to accelerate the uptake of best practices for circularity and sustainable production. By doing so, the overall production systems’ resource efficiency can be improved and our dependence on natural resources and strategic materials can be reduced to guarantee future production of environmentally-sound materials, components and products.
Vinnovas dnr: 2019-00787
A research collaboration between Luleå University of Technology and the company RGS 90 will provide new treatment methods for three common but problematic types of waste.
The project aims to test the idea of an effective circulation system for material waste from additive manufacturing. Our goal is to map the prerequisites for closer collaboration between material suppliers and additive manufacturers, including new business models, partnerships and logistics solutions.
Today, the industry often uses energy- and time-consuming autoclave processes for the manufacture of composites with high quality requirements, towards for example the aerospace industry.