A PLM Vision for Circular Economy

  • Sofia Freitas de OliveiraEmail author
  • António Lucas Soares
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 506)


Due to growing concerns with sustainability issues and the emergence of the Circular Economy (CE) paradigm, combined with recent technological changes and consequent increase in competitiveness, there is a pressing need to redefine the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) approach. PLM needs to incorporate aspects that would enable the shift to this paradigm, such as enhanced collection and evaluation of information coming from production processes, distribution, retail, consumers, and collaboration in an extended enterprise context, by implementing enabling technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data. This paper proposes a vision, based on the state of the art, for a CE enabled PLM, having the Portuguese footwear industry scenario as a reference.


Product Lifecycle Management Circular Economy Collaboration Information management Footwear industry Industry 4.0 IoT Big Data 



The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union´s Horizon 2020 – The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 2014–2020, under grant agreement No 723633.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sofia Freitas de Oliveira
    • 1
    Email author
  • António Lucas Soares
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.INESC TEC, Centre for Enterprise Systems EngineeringPortoPortugal
  2. 2.FEUP, Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do PortoPortoPortugal

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