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Recycle to be Strategic?: a study of the reverse supply chain's possibilities at Uddehom Tooling
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
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2008 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]


Uddeholm Tooling (Uddeholm), as praxis, purchases discontinued products (tool scrap) from many customers in Scandinavia. Project Recycling was active during a year (2005-2006) at Uddeholm. The project aimed to find a solution of how to integrate a recycling service concept of the product in the business model. Electrolux is a customer with an interest for such a service. No solutions were found, and the project is now frozen. There is interest within Uddeholm to find ways to re-open the project.


The purpose of this thesis is to, by answering three questions, examine if the reverse supply chain could be a suitable process for Uddeholm and if the company currently has the capacity to offer Electrolux a recycling service;

-Could a reverse supply chain be suitable for Uddeholm’s manufacturing and distribution processes?

-Could Uddeholm’s current procedures regarding tool scrap purchases be used to provide a recycling-service to Electrolux’s White Goods-division?

-What strategic benefits could Uddeholm gain from a reverse supply chain?


Through a qualitative method consisting of personal interviews with Uddeholm and Electrolux, material flows, procedures and needs have been charted. These have then been analyzed by using key components important for successful reverse supply chains as well as important components of service offerings.


A reverse supply chain can be suitable for Uddeholm’s manufacturing and distribution processes. But, the manufacturing process requires an exact chemical composition of the raw material, which increases complexity for a reverse supply chain. The procedures currently used by Uddeholm to purchase tool scrap from customers, are alone not sufficient to deliver a recycling service to Electrolux. If Uddeholm established a reverse supply chain strategic and values like an enhanced customer relationship and a competitive edge could be rendered.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Universitetsbiblioteket , 2008. , 38 p.
Keyword [en]
supply chain, reverse supply chain, service, recycling, strategic
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-89092OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-89092DiVA: diva2:159399
2008-01-09, 00:00 (English)
Available from: 2009-04-08 Created: 2004-01-01 Last updated: 2009-04-08Bibliographically approved

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