Demanufacturing

Introduction

Demanufacturing is the disassembly and recycling of obsolete consumer products. The goal is to remove and recycle every component in an appliance. For example, the motherboard and metal parts of a computer are smelted and the metals are recovered. The TV tube in the monitor is recycled and turned into a new TV tube. The computers plastic housing is recovered and turned into new computer housings. The goal of the process is to reuse all of the materials that make up the computer, not throw them away.

Demanufacturing is an industry will thrive in urban areas because inner cities have a unique set of resources that provide competitive advantage to demanufacturing companies. These resources include an extensive transportation network, a large population base that generates used consumer electronics, a workforse that can easily adapt to the needs of demanufacturing companies, and an economic development infrastructure that supports the creation of new businesses.

Our vision is that the emerging industry of demanufacturing will have a significant impact on economic development in our urban centers by creating large numbers of jobs for unskilled and semiskilled workers.

 

Goal

To provide technical assistance for a start-up demanufacturng firm based in New Jersey.

 

Achievements

RUTAP wrote the economic development portion of Union County’s strategic plan that identified demanufacturing as a strategic industry to attract to Union County.

RUTAP worked with La Casa Don Pedro (a Newark Community Based Organization) and TCGI, a for-profit remanufacturer to develop a public-private partnership. That partnership allows major corporations to donate their used computers to La Casa. Those computers are repaired, upgraded, and provided to other non-profits or… demanufactured and recycled if they are too old to be reused.

RUTAP published the first major article on demanufacturing in Economic Development Quarterly, August, 1998 See executive summary below:

RUTAP has created a children's video on demanufacturing and distributed it to 350 primary schools in New Jersey.

RUTAP worked with the EPAs Common Sense Initiative to develop public policy initiatives in the area of electronic waste disposal.

RUTAP developed the Demanufacturing Partnership Program which used a series of conferences to jump-start the demanufacturing industry in New Jersey.

 

RUTAP's Results

New Jersey is now one of the leading demanufacturing States in the Nation.

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Reference

Demanufacturing: The Emergence of an Urban Industry Economic Development Quarterly, Vol. 12 No 3, August 1998 pg 238-247, Sage Publications

 

Executive Summary

Demanufacturing is the disassembly and recycling of obsolete consumer products such as TV sets, personal computers, refrigerators, washing machines, and air conditioners. The basic argument of this article is that demanufacturing is an industry that will thrive in urban areas, because inner cities have a unique set of resources that provide competitive advantage to demanufacturing companies. This article also argues that demanufacturing can have a significant impact on economic development in our urban centers by creating large numbers of jobs for unskilled and semiskilled workers. A model is suggested for the development of this industry and identifies some of the challenges the industry faces, as well as solutions that can be implemented by state, local, and federal officials.

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