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Manufacturer's perspective on inclusive design drivers and barriers - developing countries case

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posted on 02.10.2014 by Amjad Hussain, Aftab Ahmad, Keith Case, P. John Clarkson, Tariq Masood, Samia K. Anwar
Inclusive Design aims to ensure that the design needs of the largest possible audience are addressed. Developing countries contribute about 41% of the global population and the percentage of older people and people with disabilities is increasing, which further highlights the need for an inclusive design approach. This discusses the demographics and the need to consider the design needs of this large segment of the world population. Exploration of drivers and barriers to inclusive design are identified so that strategies can be devised to promote drivers and remove barriers. This ongoing research will be based on a survey that will be used to collect manufacturer’s perspective on these issues. Data analysis will provide an opportunity to understand the manufacturer’s perspective and how understanding and awareness can be increased. This research will improve the lives of people in developing countries and will highlight business opportunities for local and international manufacturing companies.


This research is carried out in collaboration with the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan; Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University, UK; Engineering Design Centre and Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge, UK; and Lady Aitchison Hospital, King Edward Medical University, Lahore, Pakistan.



  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

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Twelfth International Conference on Manufacturing Research (ICMR2014) Advances in Manufacturing Technology XXVIII


15 - 20 (6)


HUSSAIN, A. ... et al., 2014. Manufacturer's perspective on inclusive design drivers and barriers - developing countries case. IN: In Rehman, F., Woodfine, N. and Marasini, R. (eds.) Advances in Manufacturing Technology XXVIII, Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on Manufacturing Research (ICMR2014), Southampton: Hampshire Press Ltd., 9-11 September 2014, pp. 15 - 20.


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