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Struttura industriale e profili di competitività nella meccanica strumentale


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  • Rolfo Secondo
  • Calabrese Giuseppe


The production of machinery for different industries represents a strong specialisation of Italy with the largest contribution to its commercial balance. The aim of the paper is to highlight the performances of this sector during the 2000-2004 period characterised by a negative trend. The study carried out through the financial analysis of a sample of 503 firms shows a general good capability to manage the challenges coming from declining demand in Italy and Europe, new competitors and the growing Chinese and Indian markets. Nevertheless a decline in the returns indicators, the firms have been able to preserve a financial equilibrium as showed by a medium technical rating. Better performance has been experienced by some sectors less affected by the Asiatic competition in the client industries in Europe: on the contrary textile and shoes machinery suffered because the declining production of European textile/ clothing and shoes industries. At the dimensional level the paper highlights the worst results of micro-firms, more dependent from domestic demand, while largest companies have been able to follow markets' dynamics around the world. In this sense the concentration process observed in the Italian machinery industry must probably go on in order to strengthen the competitive capacities of the sector as a whole.

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Article provided by Società editrice il Mulino in its journal L'industria.

Volume (Year): (2006)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 603-622

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Handle: RePEc:mul:j0hje1:doi:10.1430/23482:y:2006:i:4:p:603-622

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Keywords: Mechanical Engineering; Industrial Structure; Competitiveness.;


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  1. Fabio Campanini & Serena Costa & Paolo Rizzi, 2013. "The Machine Tool Industry in Italy: Industrial Innovations and Performances," DISCE - Quaderni del Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali dises1391, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Dipartimenti e Istituti di Scienze Economiche (DISCE).
  2. Fabio Pieri & Enrico Zaninotto, 2013. "Vertical integration and efficiency: an application to the Italian machine tool industry," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 40(2), pages 397-416, February.
  3. Fabio Pieri & Enrico Zaninotto, 2010. "The Impact of Vertical Integration and Outsourcing on Firm Efficiency: Evidence from the Italian Machine Tool Industry," DISA Working Papers, Department of Computer and Management Sciences, University of Trento, Italy 1001, Department of Computer and Management Sciences, University of Trento, Italy, revised 11 Mar 2010.


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