Journal article

Product flow analysis using trade statistics and consumer survey data: a case study of mobile phones in Australia

Artem Golev, Tim T Werner, Xuan Zhu, Kazuyo Matsubae



This study describes an integrative approach to product flow analysis of (waste) electrical and electronic equipment using trade statistics and consumer survey data. We demonstrate this approach with a case study of mobile phones. Using statistical and empirical data for Australia over 1997–2014, we have shown how different sources of information can be collated and cross-checked to estimate the product in-use stocks and flows, product lifespan and lifespan structure, as well as to detail the product age structure in stock and at the end of life. From our results, the total number of mobile phones in in-use stocks in Australia has been estimated at 46 million at the end of 2014, or about 2 p..

View full abstract


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge the support of Wealth from Waste Research Cluster, a collaborative program between Australia's CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation), University of Technology Sydney, The University of Queensland, Swinburne University of Technology, Monash University and Yale University. We also would like to thank Dr Glen Corder, Professor Damien Giurco, and Dr Ruth Lane for valuable comments and ideas for this paper during the collaborative workshop held in Brisbane in January 2016.