Life Cycle Management Program
Many NZ companies have the ambition to operate in an environmentally sustainable way. However, the reality of implementing a structured approach to do so can be a challenge.
Manufacturers and Exporters are under increasing pressure to understand, document and improve their environmental footprint. However, not all companies are aware of their performance and ways to structure and integrate sustainability into the product development process.
Landcare Research initiated a research program to look into ‘Design for environment’ activities within New Zealand companies. The objective was to gain an understanding of the current landscape product development and the role of life cycle thinking and management within.
Research & Testing
Landcare Research asked us to help them achieve the first phase of their research program – assessing the current state of Life Cycle Management (LCM) implementation at five selected NZ companies.
Through a series of interviews, site visits and review of company literature (websites, marketing material and documentation), we aimed to get answers to two overarching research questions.
- What are the benefits and costs of implementing LCM in manufacturing companies?
- What are the enablers and barriers to implementation of LCM in manufacturing companies?
The interviews centred around a questionnaire that looked into the drivers of incorporating Life Cycle thinking into R&D processes, and the opportunities (enablers) and potential risk (barriers) it can bring.
After completing the interviews and assessing all documentation, it became clear that the enablers and barriers fell into six themes:
- Culture and Organisation
- Market and Marketing Communication
- Business Capability and Processes
- Life Cycle Knowledge and Inventory Data
- Supply Chain
- Technical Factors
Each theme contains a subset of more specific area related factors that have their level of importance compared to each other. The factors were rated as a barrier or enabler for each company, creating a good overview of the bottlenecks in a companies performance.
“LCM is more than simply recycling, it’s about changing business processes and ensuring sustainable access to valuable overseas markets.”
– Dr ANTHONY HUME – LANDCARE RESEARCH
Huge thank you to the participating companies. Not only did they invest substantial time and effort, but they also provided us with valuable insights.
David Trubridge – Furniture/Object/Lighting
Mastip – Hot Runners/Injection moulding
AHI Roofing – Steel Roofing
Verda – Outdoor Living/Timber Products
ACMA – Polyurethane Products/Healthcare
Comvita – Natural Health/Functional Food