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Sustainability 2016, 8(10), 1035; doi:10.3390/su8101035

Analytic Hierarchy Process-Based Analysis to Determine the Barriers to Implementing a Material Efficiency Strategy: Electrical and Electronics’ Companies in the Malaysian Context

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Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Department of Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, 86400 Johor, Malaysia
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Academic Editor: Patrick A. Wäger
Received: 15 May 2016 / Revised: 3 October 2016 / Accepted: 4 October 2016 / Published: 15 October 2016
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Material efficiency is one of the most important strategies for helping manufacturing companies achieve sustainability in their production activities. However, there are many barriers to the implementation of material efficiency strategies in the manufacturing processes and overall business operations. The aim of this study is to identify and evaluate the barriers faced by Electrical and Electronics (E&E) manufacturing companies in Malaysia in implementing material efficiency strategies. A mixed-mode research method was employed to collect data from these companies. Semi-structured interviews were used to identify the barriers faced by the Malaysian Electrical and Electronics (E&E) industry, while an Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) survey was utilized to determine the importance of each barrier. Seven companies participated in the semi-structured interviews, and 18 companies took part in the AHP survey. Nine barriers were generated from analysis of the interviews, and were then ranked by priority using the AHP method. These important findings could be used as a guide for E&E companies in managing or overcoming barriers during the implementation of material efficiency strategies and other sustainable manufacturing activities. View Full-Text
Keywords: analytic hierarchy process; electrical and electronics industry; material efficiency; multi-criteria decision-making; sustainable manufacturing analytic hierarchy process; electrical and electronics industry; material efficiency; multi-criteria decision-making; sustainable manufacturing
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Ho, F.H.; Abdul-Rashid, S.H.; Raja Ghazilla, R.A. Analytic Hierarchy Process-Based Analysis to Determine the Barriers to Implementing a Material Efficiency Strategy: Electrical and Electronics’ Companies in the Malaysian Context. Sustainability 2016, 8, 1035.

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