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Exploring Current Enablers and Barriers for Sustainable Proximity Manufacturing
University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business. (Textile Value Chain Management (TVCM))ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8895-7058
University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business. Hanken School of Economics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0871-1838
2019 (English)In: Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management, ISSN 1361-2026, E-ISSN 1758-7433, no 4, p. 551-571Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Sustainable development
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Abstract [en]

Purpose

Amidst offshoring and reshoring trends, the purpose of this paper is to explore why business practitioners, especially from the labour-intensive clothing industry, choose to manufacture some products in proximity to the high-cost European market. Moreover, the rise of sustainability concerns led us to further explore whether these reasons relate to triple bottom line (TBL): business, environment and society.

Design/methodology/approach

The content analysis was adopted for within-case and cross-case analysis of data from semi-structured interviews of managers from 12 clothing companies.

Findings

Within-case analysis showed enablers and barriers (factors) of proximity manufacturing within each company’s characteristics under TBL. Cross-case analysis showed the most-mentioned enablers (high-quality suppliers, short lead-time and fast replenishment) and barriers (expensive production cost and lack of industrial set-up and seamstresses). The findings revealed both common and different factors from existing studies.

Research limitations/implications

Besides being motives for companies to bring manufacturing back to Europe, the results can be used by researchers and companies to develop criteria and performance measures of manufacturing locations for enhancing the TBL sustainability. Future research may explore different locations and industries for possibilities of proximity–manufacturing generalisation.

Social implications

Findings show that governments could focus on eliminating barriers of proximity manufacturing and creating favourable institutional infrastructure for the European clothing industry and sustainability.

Originality/value

This paper highlights updated proximity–manufacturing factors from practices in relation to TBL sustainability, including support for proximity manufacturing as a practice for TBL enhancement.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. no 4, p. 551-571
Keywords [en]
Local sourcing, Sustainability, Reshoring, Offshoring, Manufacturing decisions, Supplier selection, Sustainable supply chain, Triple bottom line (TBL), Location decision
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Business Administration
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (General)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-23885DOI: 10.1108/JFMM-09-2018-0114ISI: 000485924300008Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85071525700OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-23885DiVA, id: diva2:1474458
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Sustainable Management and Design for Textiles
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EU, European Research Council, 2016-1353/001-001-EMJD for Edition 2016Available from: 2020-10-08 Created: 2020-10-08 Last updated: 2021-10-20Bibliographically approved

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