There is a noticeable lack of production of indigenously engineered products in Less Developed Countries (LDCs). Few products developed in these LDCs could be viable in competitive markets or even sold as components and supplies to other manufacturers of competitive goods. An appropriate product development process for LDCs would take into account aspects of the environment where the product is to be created and manufactured without compromising the product’s ability to compete globally. By effectively classifying designs and their compatibility in certain environments, patterns associated with manufacturability can be more readily seen and addressed. This paper will address two issues: First, it will address the potential role of manufacturing in developing economies by reviewing traditional approaches used to produce products in developing countries. Second, an approach to selecting a design concept (from a set of existing alternative designs) that would best match the conditions and resources of an enterprise in a specific restrictive environment will be introduced.

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