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Sustainability through remanufacturing in India: a case study on mobile handsets

Rathore, Pragam, Kota, Srinivas, Chakrabarti, Amaresh
Journal of cleaner production 2011 v.19 no.15 pp. 1709-1722
case studies, decision making, laws and regulations, markets, models, society, supply chain, India
Remanufacturing activities in India are still in nascent stages. However, the substantial growth of Indian economy, coupled with serious issues of population and environmental burden demands a radical shift in market strategies and legislations. The scattered and inefficient product recovery methods prevalent in India are unable to cope with increasing environmental and economic burden on the society – remanufacturing seems to be a promising strategy to explore for these. Our study investigated from a user’s context the opportunity of establishing remanufacturing as a formal activity, answering the fundamental questions of whether remanufactured products would be accepted by Indian consumers and how these will fit into the Indian market. The study of the Indian mobile phone market eco-system showed how mobile phones currently move through the value chain, and the importance of the grey and used phone markets in this movement. A prescriptive model has been proposed which utilizes the usage patterns of different consumer groups to create a self-sustainable demand-supply system, potentially complementing frameworks such as the Automotive Remanufacturing Decision-Making Framework (RDMF).