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The potential in strategic maintenance development

Antti Salonen (School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Mälardalen University, Eskilstuna, Sweden)
Marcus Bengtsson (School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Mälardalen University, Eskilstuna, Sweden)

Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering

ISSN: 1355-2511

Article publication date: 25 October 2011




The purpose of this paper is to exemplify and discuss the potential in strategic maintenance development.


This paper is based on a three‐year industrial case study, conducted in three different companies within manufacturing industry.


All three companies have showed substantial improvements in the chosen maintenance related KPIs. Further, the management has increased the insight on maintenance as a contributor to company competitiveness.

Research limitations/implications

None of the companies has used any financial KPI for their strategic maintenance development. It would be of future interest to study the concept Cost of Poor Maintenance as an evaluation tool for strategic maintenance development.

Practical implications

This study exemplifies the potential of strategic maintenance development in manufacturing industry.


This paper shows the results from three years of formulation, implementation, and evaluation of maintenance strategies.



Salonen, A. and Bengtsson, M. (2011), "The potential in strategic maintenance development", Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering, Vol. 17 No. 4, pp. 337-350.



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