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New Business Models for Sustainable Spare Parts Logistics: A Case Study

INSISOC—University of Valladolid, 47011 Valladolid, Spain
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Sustainability 2020, 12(8), 3071; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12083071
Received: 13 March 2020 / Revised: 8 April 2020 / Accepted: 9 April 2020 / Published: 11 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Collection Smart Production Operations Management and Industry 4.0)
Additive manufacturing of spare parts significantly impacts industrial, social, and environmental aspects. However, a literature review shows that: (i) academic papers on the adoption of additive manufacturing have focused mainly on large companies; (ii) the methods required by SMEs to adopt new technologies differ from those employed by large companies; and (iii) recent studies suggest that a suitable way to help small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to adopt new additive manufacturing technologies from the academic world is by presenting case studies in which SMEs are involved. Given the increasing number of global SMEs (i.e., SMEs that manufacture locally and sell globally), we claim that these companies need to be assisted in adopting spare-parts additive manufacturing for the sake of resource and environmental sustainability. To bridge this gap, the purpose of this article is to present a case study approach that shows how a digital supply chain for spare parts has the potential to bring about changes in business models with significant benefits for both global SMEs (more effective logistic management), customers (response time), and the environment (reduced energy, emissions, raw materials, and waste). View Full-Text
Keywords: resource efficiency; digital supply chain; spare parts; additive manufacturing; small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); business model; on-demand production resource efficiency; digital supply chain; spare parts; additive manufacturing; small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); business model; on-demand production
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González-Varona, J.M.; Poza, D.; Acebes, F.; Villafáñez, F.; Pajares, J.; López-Paredes, A. New Business Models for Sustainable Spare Parts Logistics: A Case Study. Sustainability 2020, 12, 3071. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12083071

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González-Varona JM, Poza D, Acebes F, Villafáñez F, Pajares J, López-Paredes A. New Business Models for Sustainable Spare Parts Logistics: A Case Study. Sustainability. 2020; 12(8):3071. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12083071

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González-Varona, José M., David Poza, Fernando Acebes, Félix Villafáñez, Javier Pajares, and Adolfo López-Paredes. 2020. "New Business Models for Sustainable Spare Parts Logistics: A Case Study" Sustainability 12, no. 8: 3071. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12083071

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