The Thinking Materials design tool identifies creative product opportunities that use indigenous materials and crafts as an alternative to more conventional manufacturing processes. It demonstrates the potential for a supply chain in which an emerging economy is always the country of origin (COO) for the manufacture of a product and/or growth/production of materials. When using the tool, highlighted ‘manufacturing’ tabs (on the right) identify the product as being produced using one of three scenarios: Full in-country; Partial in-country; Overseas. Highlighted ‘material’ tabs (on the left) identify the generic nature of materials used in the manufacturing process, with C/S/G being an abbreviation for ceramic, stone or glass. Each product concept card is identified with a number, title, product image and brief description. Dissemination of the Thinking Materials design tool was facilitated through presentations by the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator in Uganda, Kenya, Indonesia and Turkey plus distribution to all 146 countries on the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) List of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
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