The SMITHZ project: Helping manufacturers realise take steps towards circularity
The SMITHZ project is part of the research group ‘’Smart Sustainable Manufacturing’’ in collaboration with the group “Circular Business” at Mission Zero. This project aims to build business cases presenting best practices of manufacturers in taking steps towards circularity, for other companies to learn from. In this interview, we speak to Sander Limonard, the project lead, as well as Erik Wachter, a student intern, about their involvement in the project.
Please introduce yourselfSander: “I am Sander Limonard, researcher in the field of business models and lecturer in the field of entrepreneurship at The Hague University of Applied Sciences”
Erik: “My name is Erik Wachter. I’m a student at the Hague University of Applied sciences and I’m studying for a bachelor in Industrial Engineering and Management.”
What is your role within the SMITHZ project?Sander: “I serve as a project lead for SMITZH as a whole. I am responsible for reaching out to manufacturing companies who made a circular step to make their story available to the rest of the world.”
Erik: “I’m an intern for the SMITZH project. I’m mainly focusing on creating the business cases of manufacturing companies who made a circular step. These business cases are made available for manufacturing companies within Zuid-Holland that consider taking a step towards more circular solutions. The cases are built on our own desk research of said companies as well as interviews, to show their best practice of making a circular step.”