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Industrial Poles and Local Development: a Survey on Food Technologies in the Mezzogiorno of Italy

This paper presents the results of an empirical survey carried out by Ceris-Cnr on the food-process machines industry in the South of Italy (Mezzogiorno).This survey has highlighted that in the southern regions, although the presence of important agroindustrial poles, the food-technology industry is characterized by the presence of a limited number of small enterprises with a craftmade organization. Nevertheless these SMEs are interested in introducing new innovative technologies.This situation of technological and organizational constraints derives by: an industrial policy that has not encouraged the development of the existing small enterprises; lackness of specialized technicians and workers; difficult relationships between enterprise and credit system; scarce cooperative relations between enterprises and research institutes.In order to improve the organization of the southern enterprises it would be necessary to activate instruments of industrial policy aimed to improve industrial infrastructures and create service companies supporting the enterprises operations on new markets.

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Paper provided by Institute for Economic Research on Firms and Growth - Moncalieri (TO) ITALY -NOW- Research Institute on Sustainable Economic Growth - Moncalieri (TO) ITALY in its series CERIS Working Paper with number 200002.

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Length: 39 pages Keywords : Food Industry Machinery, Mechanical Engineering, Technological Innovation, Small Enterprises, Mezzogiorno of Italy
Date of creation: Jun 2000
Handle: RePEc:csc:cerisp:200002
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