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15 January 2022
Journal of Industrial and Production Engineering
Special Issue Editor(s)
School of Economics and Business, Kaunas University of Technology, Kaunas, Lithuania
School of Business and Law, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, WA Australia
Faculty of Business and Accountancy, University of Malaya, Kuala-Lumpur, Malaysia
Devision of Industrial Engineering and Management, Uppsala University, Upsalla, Sweden
Industry 4.0 implications for manufacturing and supply chain sustainability
Sustainable manufacturing and operating in a more sustainable supply chain are business imperatives for manufacturing competitiveness. Sustainable manufacturing may involve various dimensions. Nevertheless, the economy, environment, and social dimensions, often branded as the Triple Bottom Line, are three main pillars of sustainable manufacturing. Sustainable manufacturing mainly aims to develop economically profitable manufacturing processes and products that entail minimum impact on the environment. The social pillar of sustainable manufacturing values the stakeholders' welfare and the community that a manufacturing supply chain operates in. As worldwide competition constantly increases and production processes become increasingly specialized, manufacturers rely more on downsizing and outsourcing strategies. Being a part of at least one manufacturing supply chain is no longer a matter of choice. Nowadays, most manufacturers cannot compete solely as independent businesses and must operate as integrated supply chains. Sustainable manufacturing and supply chain sustainability are overlapping concepts since both concern the product life-cycle in its entirety, measuring the sustainability impacts of a product from the initial ideation to the entire manufacturing process until the end-of-life stage.
Given the increasing speed of the innovation cycle and technological advancement, digital technologies need to converge into manufacturing and supply chain operations to realize sustainable development. Industry 4.0 and the underlying digitalization of manufacturing value chains may provide valuable opportunities to address the Triple Bottom Line challenges of sustainable manufacturing at the factory and supply chain scales. Industry 4.0 and its digital technologies such as industrial robotics, digital twining technology, and additive manufacturing are expected to reduce the operational costs of various manufacturing operations. Industry 4.0 is also expected to contribute to the environmental dimension of sustainable manufacturing and supply chain by decreasing waste across value creation activities and facilitating cleaner energy and material resources. More importantly, Industry 4.0 is expected to promote the social sustainability dimension by improving the industrial working conditions, enhancing the customer experience, and offering new employment opportunities. Despite these assumptions, academia and industry still struggle theoretically and empirically to explain how Industry 4.0, its digital technologies, and the underlying digital industrial transformation contribute to sustainable manufacturing and supply chain.
The present call for paper offers an opportunity for academicians, policy-makers, industrialists, and practitioners to reflect and enhance the understanding of the opportunities that Industry 4.0 offers for various aspects of manufacturing and supply chain sustainability. More importantly, this special issue may serve as a forum for sharing theoretical and empirical insights into the possible adverse side-effects of Industry 4.0 and digitalization on sustainable development.
The editorial team cordially encourage various contributions, such as conceptual insights, empirical contributions, and review studies, that may address any of the following research contexts:
- Industry 4.0 implications for manufacturing and supply chain resilience (Post-Covid-19 recovery);
- Sustainable manufacturing performance assessment and key performance index development;
- Corporate sustainable development modeling under Industry 4.0;
- Industry 4.0 opportunities for sustainable business model innovation;
- Industry 4.0 technologies (e.g., additive manufacturing and digital twin), value chain integration, and sustainable product development;
- Industry 4.0 and intelligent operations and production scheduling and management;
- Industry 4.0 and digitally-enabled sustainable supply chain process integration;
- Industry 4.0 opportunities for accelerating clean energy.
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