Chemical engineering and co-engaging production

Jurgen Poesche, Ilkka Kauranen

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Co-engaging Production is an emerging industrial paradigm. It revolutionizes value chains and the way research and development is done. It will debunk contentions such as the overarching belief in the benefits of mass production and economies of scale. After a period of a dominance of centralized production in large production facilities in many industries, Co-engaging Production will mean a renaissance of decentralized production. Co-engaging Production will empower consumers to become “prosumers”, i.e.,consumers who are also part-time or full-time producers. Co-engaging Productionwill engage the crowds in product development. The principles underpinning Co-engaging Production were originally developed for manufacturing value chains, i.e., the production of discrete products. Co-engaging Production has the potential to change Chemical Engineering and the chemical industry. The implementation of the principles of Co-engaging Production to the very different context of Chemical Engineering will not be a straightforward matter. The objective of this conceptual study is to envision the various effects that the adaption of the principles of Co-engaging Production will have on Chemical Engineering and the chemical industry. The contribution of this study is that it addresses key issues of operational strategy of the chemical industry in the context of value chains based on Co-engaging Production: (i) It demonstrates that innovative engineering and powerful ICT enable a renaissance of decentralized production (contrary to the arguments used in Industrie 4.0); (ii) Product-related and process-related research and development will be affected as product and process requirements change; (iii) Environmental management will be effected as a result of a proliferation of numerous production facilities, particularly when smal-scale decentralized production facilities are clustered in urban centres; (iv) The viability of traditional intellectual property rights will become questionable in decentralized production value chains spanning multiple jurisdictions; and (v) The ongoing energy transition and decarbonisation will increase decentralized renewables-based energy generation enhancing Co-engaging Production.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-14
JournalInternational Journal of Innovative Studies in Sciences and Engineering Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Decentralized Production
  • Environmental Protection
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Operational Strategy
  • Prosumer
  • Research and Development

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