A trend study of ecological product development partnerships in the German foundry value chain

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Purchasing and Supply Chain Management: Fostering Innovation, 2018, pp. 632 - 650
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Cross-company cooperation and early supplier involvement in product development gained importance in the last decades due to higher technological complexity and increased outsourcing activities. At the same time ecological aspects became more important. This paper analyzes economic and ecological aspects of product development partnerships in the German foundry industry. The analysis is based on comprehensive surveys conducted in 2013 and 2017 covering supplier and customer integration issues and potentials at the interfaces of German casting houses and their customers. In general, little significant change could be discovered: the arrangement of cross-company product development of castings seems rather stable.
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