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Las empresas metalgráficas en Galicia (1890-1936)


  • Jesús Giráldez Rivero

    () (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela)


This paper aims to analyze the role of metal graphic companies in Galicia. Metal graphic is an activity that has gone virtually unnoticed in economic history, despite having played a key role in the development and competitiveness of the canned fish sector, which for many years was the basis of the industrialization of Galicia. In fact, considering the metal graphic companies as a mere auxiliary activity of the canning industry has tended to conceal their characteristics as companies specialising in the production of modern packaging. This is a key factor without which it is impossible to understand how even today heirs to these companies established in the early part of the century still occupy a leading position in the packaging sector. The factors that led to the appearance of metallographic companies, their concentration in Vigo, and the factors which influenced their specialization throughout the various stages until the onset of the civil war are analyzed. KEY Classification-JEL: L14, L61, N83, O14

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  • Jesús Giráldez Rivero, 2010. "Las empresas metalgráficas en Galicia (1890-1936)," Investigaciones de Historia Económica (IHE) Journal of the Spanish Economic History Association, Asociacion Espa–ola de Historia Economica, vol. 6(02), pages 119-148.
  • Handle: RePEc:ahe:invest:v:06:y:2010:i:02:p:119-148

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    Metal Graphic Companies; Packaging; Canning; Galicia; Spain;

    JEL classification:

    • L14 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Transactional Relationships; Contracts and Reputation
    • L61 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - Metals and Metal Products; Cement; Glass; Ceramics
    • N83 - Economic History - - Micro-Business History - - - Europe: Pre-1913
    • O14 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology


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