This pre-study is based on foresight methodology to study product and residual materials related trends for manufacturing industry. The ultimate goal of a full-scale project is to develop methodology and to describe future needs as well as obstacles and enabling factors influencing the establishment of radically more efficient materials management in the industry, based on closed material flows. This work ties together expertise in product development with expertise in environmental analysis and foresight. It is in line with the call´s section on ´Sustainable product realization´ and is based on the trends towards individualized offers, environmental consideration, material shortages and increasing integration of service and product offerings. The pre-study is led by researchers from Mälardalen University, where also students are involved. Ericsson, ABB, Volvo AB, Stena are important actors in surrounding projects that will be involved. Expertise in environmental systems and environmental economics from the University of Lund and Swerea IVF is also involved through surrounding projects.