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The supply chain management (SCM) concept is connecting overlapping business processes. The implementation of SCM by the various partners of a supply chain leads to inventory reductions and to a shortage of lead times. In addition to the rather classical business options the circuitry of resources and therefore their re-use in material and product cycles has a rising impact. The closed loop processes being required such as collection, treatment and re-distribution are somewhat specific. That complicates an implementation in existing SCM solutions. So far SCM was focussing on the interrelations between different companies. Extending those concepts by a closed loop orientation the configuration of interfaces to the numerous customers is of growing importance. Another main focus is the management of information and material flows within supply cycles and the appropriate controlling system. In the context of activities within the research project Collaborative Research Centre 281 "Disassembly Factories" at the Technical University Berlin it was determined that especially recycling orientated companies and disposal service companies are affected by these problems.
Date of Conference: 19-22 May 2003