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Johan Vogt Duberg

PhD student

To achieve a widespread adoption of remanufacturing in society, it is important for companies to understand what makes remanufacturing profitable. My research focuses on how profitability of remanufacturing can be evaluated in its initiation stage.

Remanufacturing – An entrance to a circular economy

Remanufacturing can offer both economic and environmental benefits by retaining the material and energy value of used, discarded, or broken products, compared to the manufacturing of new ones. The process involves restoring these products to like-new condition using industrial processes, providing them with a new and extended lifespan instead of discarding them.

For companies to benefit from remanufacturing, it is essential to disseminate knowledge about the process. This can lead to clear evidence of the benefits of remanufacturing, motivating companies to take the first step towards initiation. Furthermore, it is vital to develop models or other approaches to help companies assess the value of remanufacturing for their business.

My research supports companies in the transition towards more circular processes and the initiation of remanufacturing by applying and developing financial assessment models.



Johan Vogt Duberg (2024) Remanufacturing Initiation for Original Equipment Manufacturers
Johan Vogt Duberg, Tomohiko Sakao (2024) Supporting the Transformation to Access-Based Business Models in a Circular Economy with a Practical Model for Calculating the Costs of the Provider Advances in Transdisciplinary Engineering. Volume 52: Sustainable Production through Advanced Manufacturing, Intelligent Automation and Work Integrated Learning, p. 532-542 Continue to DOI
Johan Vogt Duberg, Erik Sundin, Ou Tang (2024) Assessing the profitability of remanufacturing initiation: a literature review Journal of Remanufacturing, Vol. 14, p. 69-92 Continue to DOI


Tomohiko Sakao, Paulina Golinska-Dawson, Johan Vogt Duberg, Erik Sundin, José Hidalgo Crespo, Andreas Riel, Jef Peeters, Aaron Green, Fabrice Mathieux (2023) Product-as-a-service for critical raw materials: challenges, enablers, and needed research Going Green: CARE INNOVATION
Johan Vogt Duberg, Ou Tang (2023) Leveraging customer usage data for optimal maintenance policies in product-as-a-service