Relates to the discussion on 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing Design Resources and Links:
This is a topic to discuss redistributed manufacturing. Feel free to add.
Summarised/paraphrased from a separate publication:
"The trend towards centralised, global supply chains has significantly reduced the manufacturing capacity of Western countries. Ever-increasing labour costs abroad, high transportation costs, sensitivity to global production trends (material costs spikes), increased risk, complex supply chains, all combine to reduce resilience for Western producers, making centralised approaches to manufacturing unappealing. These issues, in-part, have given rise to an interest in RdM. RdM is also stimulated by industry 4.0, which sees digital technologies (additive and subtractive desk-top manufacturing technologies), smart factories (factories of the future), intelligent devices and cyber-physical systems converging to give rise to a new industrial revolution."
The UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) have published a report documenting a workshops it held on defining RdM as well as funding a number of projects on the topic:
Redistributed Manufacturing in Healthcare
Future Makespaces in Redistributed Manufacturing
Redistributed Manufacturing for Resilient Sustainable Cities
Redistributed Manufacturing Wordpress
EMF also just published a report on circular economy and intelligent assets, which is very relevant to the topic.
EU platform on factories of the future.
Distributed manufacturing: Scope, Challenges, Opportunities
The Factory Everywhere: The Present and Future of Distributed Production