Research into production comprises fields that are important for the future such as: design for sustainable production, sustainable production and assembly systems, remanufacturing, robotisation and the automation of production, and new types of tool fixtures.

One prominent field at LiU is the development of sustainable production, while another is the development of technology, methods and systems for remanufacturing.

Lean automation and mass customisation in flexible production systems are other important fields, as is design for sustainable production and assembly.

The large Mistra programme Resource-Efficient and Effective Solutions, REES, is coordinated at LiU. This is a collaboration between researchers at Linköping University, Lund University and the Chalmers University of Technology.

Related research areas such as sustainable business models and robotics are discussed separately below.


Many forklifts.

Remanufacturing – key enabler to future business

The overall purpose for the project is to support manufacturers to become more resilient, circular and sustainable through remanufacturing and contribute to a more efficient use of resources.

Organic energy harvester

Organic Energy Harvesters

Our vision is to create the next generation of green, cheap, reliable energy devices for the coming revolution of internet of everything. The emphasis is to combine energy conversion and mechanical compatibility for flexible and wearable electronics.

electronics equipment assembly workplace with pliers and necessary tools


We help manufacturers and other actors to start remanufacturing by investigating their suitability and readiness to start remanufacturing.


a mechatronic car component

Robots aid in remanufacturing

Remanufacturing is a way to preserve the value of products that have already been manufactured. Researchers at Linköping University, LiU, have shown the potential of automation in repair and remanufacturing.

Sensors monitor industrial production systems

AI algorithms to predict problems before they occur

Vast numbers of sensors monitor industrial production systems detecting faults or deviations. A Vinnova-financed project explore how artificial intelligence can be used to detect patterns in the deviations and prevent problems before they arise.

How robots and people can work together

Robot + human = true. After several years’ work, a LiU project shows how industrial robots and humans will be able to work together in the future.