VOLVO GROUP SUS TAINABILIT Y RE PORT 2011 E nvironmental Responsibility Global product development process Product development in six stages There are six stages to our product development cycle. Each stage has different environmental, quality and safety objectives that need to be met before proceeding to the next stage Global product development process overview Final Dev. Contract gate / decision Industralisation gate / decision Freeze gate Final iledent Developement a t De lopem Developement gate / decision ve De Co n St ce ud pt y Pre-Stu dy up wllo Fo Product change Initiation decision Project Class: 3 Release gate on Concept study gate / desicion ti Launch gate / decision & Concept gate Pre-production gate Ind Comustr me alis rci a ali tio sa n 2 End gate 1 4. The development phase includes building, verifying, ­validating and ratifying the product solution. Market, aftermarket, manufacturing and assembly solutions need to be refined by conducting feasibility studies. 5. The industrialization and commercialization phase where the industrial system has to be installed, prepared and verified to enable production. 6. The launch of the product and the aftermarket products. 1. The scope of the project is defined by balancing project targets, development requirements and alternative solutions. 2. T he concept is chosen through a process of market research, environmental impact assessments, and the business case. 3. T he applied research phase, which includes the technical feasibility study. 55 This document is a PDF-version of the Volvo Group’s CSR and Sustainability Report 2011. The complete report is available on www.volvogroup.com/responsibility.