Commercial networks and industrial development in Catalan cork manufacture before 1914. The example of Genís and Co.

Authors

  • Rosa Ros Universitat de Girona
  • Pere Sala Investigador en Historia Económica

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1344/rhi.v23i56.21109

Keywords:

Cork industry, Spanish exports, Commercial networks

Abstract

Spanish cork stoppers manufacture, mainly located in the Girona region, was strongly export-based in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This made it exceptional among the other branches of Spanish industry. Moreover, the cork sector made an important contribution to Spanish exports during this period. This article studies a key issue that is necessary to understand the export success of this industry: the characteristics and the development of the firms’ commercial networks. First, we have analyzed the commercialization of cork stoppers in the initial phases of this industry, until the mid-nineteenth century. Secondly, we have studied the performance of these commercial networks through the case of the company Genís and Co., which was specialized in Central and Eastern Europe markets in the last decades of the nineteenth century and the beginnings of the twentieth century.

Published

2018-01-18

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Articles