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The international competitiveness of China’s shipbuilding industry


  • Jiang, Liping
  • Bastiansen, Erik
  • Strandenes, Siri P.


This paper introduces profit rate as a more relevant measure of international shipbuilding competitiveness. We also develop a model to identify competitiveness factors and their relative importance. Our findings suggest that Chinese competitiveness derives from shipbuilding costs, whereas contract price deviations are the driver for Japan and South Korea. We argue that China became more competitive in building of bulk carriers and tankers than Japan and to a lesser extent than South Korea after year 2000 and that a market trough would further strengthen China’s competitiveness. Our results have broad implications for monitoring industrial performance and formulating competitive strategies for shipyards.

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  • Jiang, Liping & Bastiansen, Erik & Strandenes, Siri P., 2013. "The international competitiveness of China’s shipbuilding industry," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 60(C), pages 39-48.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:transe:v:60:y:2013:i:c:p:39-48
    DOI: 10.1016/j.tre.2013.10.001

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    1. Pero, Margherita & Stößlein, Martin & Cigolini, Roberto, 2015. "Linking product modularity to supply chain integration in the construction and shipbuilding industries," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 170(PB), pages 602-615.
    2. Park, Jaehun & Lee, Dongha & Zhu, Joe, 2014. "An integrated approach for ship block manufacturing process performance evaluation: Case from a Korean shipbuilding company," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 156(C), pages 214-222.
    3. Xiaofeng Xu & Jun Hao & Yirui Deng, 2017. "Industry Interdependence Dynamics and Structure Change Causal Analysis: An Empirical Study on China’s Shipbuilding Industry," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 9(4), pages 1-19, March.


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