Recovery Network Design for End-of-Life Vehicles

  • Heinz Ahn
  • Jens Keilen
  • Rainer Souren


The design, configuration, and optimization of recovery networks have become more important than ever for certain industries. This paper focuses on the specific requirements posed on the German automotive industry. One of the significant regulations concerning this industry lies in the necessity of having to provide an area-wide collection network for the retrieval of all disused vehicles. In a joint project with a major car producer, an optimization tool was generated for solving facility location problems with regard to the positioning of different participants of the automotive recovery network. In order to validate the network structure, an additional simulation tool was developed making it possible to eliminate unfeasible networks. The simulation processes empirical capacity data of the networks’ participants. The main focus of the paper aims at the description of the simulation tool and its interactions with the optimization tool.


Recovery Network Design Automotive Industry End-of-Life Vehicles Recycling Simulation Tool 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heinz Ahn
    • 1
  • Jens Keilen
    • 1
  • Rainer Souren
    • 2
  1. 1.Aachen University (RWTH)AachenGermany
  2. 2.Institute for Production and Information ManagementBremen UniversityBremen

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