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Competitividade e potencial de crescimento do cluster de produtores de moldes para a indústria do plástico de Joinville [Competitiveness and growth potential of the cluster of mold producers for the plastics industry of Joinville]

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  • Marco Flávio da Cunha Resende

    () (UFMG)

  • Jefferson de Oliveira Gomes

    (ITA)

Abstract

The geographic concentration of firms has been successful recently in many ways: international competitiveness of these firms, regional income growth, etc. The Italian industrial districts are the case of highest relevance in international literature. In Joinville, there is a significant geographic concentration of mold manufacturers for the plastics industry. When a geographic concentration of firms is a cluster, the potential growth and competitiveness of the firms increase. This paper sought to determine whether this geographic concentration of firms was in effect a cluster, and to study its potential of growth and of competitiveness were this true. The finding was that the geographic concentration of mold producers in Joinville does represent a cluster and has significant growth potential. However, this cluster is less developed and less competitive when compared to the major mold producer clusters in the world.

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  • Marco Flávio da Cunha Resende & Jefferson de Oliveira Gomes, 2004. "Competitividade e potencial de crescimento do cluster de produtores de moldes para a indústria do plástico de Joinville [Competitiveness and growth potential of the cluster of mold producers for the p," Nova Economia, Economics Department, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil), vol. 14(1), pages 67-104, January-A.
  • Handle: RePEc:nov:artigo:v:14:y:2004:i:1:p:67-104
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    Keywords

    cluster; Joinville; molds; competitiveness;

    JEL classification:

    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • L20 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - General
    • L23 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Organization of Production

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