A Dutch multinational in Spain: «La Seda de Barcelona», 1925-1991

Authors

  • Núria Puig Raposo Universidad Complutense de Madrid

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1344/rhi.v0i21.19401

Keywords:

Multinational Firms, Chemical Industry, Spain, 20th Century

Abstract

This piece chronicles the development of La Seda de Barcelona (LSB), a leading actor in the Spanish chemical textile industry from its creation in 1925 by the Dutch concern HKI/AKU/Akzo through its nationalization in 1991. LSB is used as a case study to analyze the dynamics of technologically complex industries in a peripheral country as well as to explain the technical and organizational dependence shown by most Spanish chemical companies throughout the 20th century. The study is conducted at three levels: the international market of chemical fibers and licenses; the relationship between LSB and the Dutch group; and La Seda’s interaction with the Spanish Administration, competitors and consumers.

Published

2017-07-13

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Section

Articles