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A comparison between the footprint and economic impact of a current and a conceptual supply chain

Gankema, M. (2022) A comparison between the footprint and economic impact of a current and a conceptual supply chain.

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Abstract:In recent years, sustainability has become more and more relevant for businesses. At the same time, in the electronics industry, miniaturization is an important topic. Dopple, a high-tech product development company specialized in miniaturized wireless wearable products such as Bluetooth headphones, faces these challenges. Currently, production takes place in Malaysia, where limits to miniaturization are reached. Therefore they are looking into the possibilities for starting a factory in the Netherlands, in order to produce their products for a local market. This study aims to determine what the impact is on the footprint and economic situation when Dopple moves production to the Netherlands. Next to that, research is done on how to improve the sustainability of the new supply chain. The comparison is made by using Input-Output modelling, for both environmental and economic analysis. The results show that production in the Netherlands has a much lower footprint and the economic situation does not suffer too much from this move. An even lower footprint can be reached when implementing a reverse supply chain. As long as production in the Netherlands is efficient, opening a factory there is advised.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Dopple, Assen, the Netherlands
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:50 technical science in general, 85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Industrial Engineering and Management MSc (60029)
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