Suppliers’ innovation strategies in CE countries
Publication Type:Conference Paper
Source:Structuring new automotive industries, restructuring old automotive industries and the new geopolitics of the global automotive sector, Krakow (2012)
Keywords:sectoral and national innovation systems; international production and innovation networks; types of innovation; types and sources of knowledge for innovation; industry-academia co-operation
It is practically impossible to delineate the boundaries of automotive industry and give an indication of its economic significance using readily available statistics. As a very wide range of products are used to assemble a motor vehicle – practically all industrial sectors supply the automotive industry –, data collected by statistical offices are usually too narrow in terms of coverage. In other words, quite a few automotive suppliers are classified as leather, rubber, plastics, paint, glass, cable or metal producing and processing companies, foundries, electrical and electronics companies, etc. In spite of these limitations, it can be safely stated that automotive industry, and especially automotive suppliers, play an important role in the four Central European countries analysed in the paper, namely in Austria, Hungary, Poland, and Slovenia.