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Competitive low-tech manufacturing and challenges for regional policy in the European context—lessons from the Danish experience


  • Teis Hansen
  • Lars Winther


Today, low-tech firms in high-wage countries are focusing on increasing investments in highly skilled labour and advanced machinery, incremental innovation and high value-added niches. Danish policy, however, gives little attention to the new specificities of low-tech manufacturing, and the understanding of innovation in national and regional strategies is dominated by a science-based perspective. There is a strong policy focus on human capital and research and development in manufacturing. Human capital is vital to manufacturing in general, but the latter is of less importance for low-tech firms. Conversely, user–producer interactions and machinery investments, which are critical to low-tech competitiveness, are disregarded by policies.

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  • Teis Hansen & Lars Winther, 2014. "Competitive low-tech manufacturing and challenges for regional policy in the European context—lessons from the Danish experience," Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, Cambridge Political Economy Society, vol. 7(3), pages 449-470.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:cjrecs:v:7:y:2014:i:3:p:449-470.

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