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Micro factory retailing: an alternative, more sustainable automotive business model

Nieuwenhuis, Paul 2018. Micro factory retailing: an alternative, more sustainable automotive business model. IEEE Engineering Management Review 46 (1) , pp. 39-46. 10.1109/EMR.2018.2810110

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In 2000 a new alternative automotive business model was launched, Micro Factory Retailing (MFR), which, although still marginal, has nevertheless already inspired a number of automotive businesses. MFR is based on networks of small dispersed, combined assembly, retail and aftercare or lifetime management (e.g., maintenance and repair, parts supply, upgrade, vehicle management and takeback) facilities that could operate car use under a product-service system (PSS), whereby ownership is retained by the company and users pay for their use. Approximately 20 years on from when the first germs of this innovative idea were sown is a good time to revisit the concept and its subsequent fortunes. This paper traces through the early history of ideas and developments for MFR; to its current situation and practice. Sustainability is a major aspect of MFR. I present this work on the car and innovations from my experiences and growth in understanding.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
ISSN: 0360-8581
Funders: none
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 26 April 2018
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2020 17:19

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