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Regional Knowledge and the Emergence of an Industry: Laser Systems Production in West Germany, 1975Ð2005

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  • Guido Buenstorf

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  • Michael Fritsch

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  • Luis Medrano

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We analyze the emergence and spatial evolution of the German laser systems industry. Regional knowledge in the related field of laser sources, as well as the presence of universities with physics or engineering departments, is conducive to the emergence of laser systems suppliers. The regional presence of source producers is also positively related to entry into laser systems. One important mechanism behind regional entry is the diversification of upstream laser source producers into the downstream systems market. Entry into the materials processing submarket appears to be unrelated to academic knowledge in the region, but the presence of laser source producers and the regional stock of laser knowledge are still highly predictive in this submarket.

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  • Guido Buenstorf & Michael Fritsch & Luis Medrano, 2010. "Regional Knowledge and the Emergence of an Industry: Laser Systems Production in West Germany, 1975Ð2005," Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) 1016, Utrecht University, Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Group Economic Geography, revised Nov 2010.
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    Keywords

    Innovation; regional knowledge; laser technology; emerging industries; diversification;

    JEL classification:

    • L22 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Organization and Market Structure
    • L69 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - Other
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • O52 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Europe

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