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Metal Mechanic Study

In the period 2011-2015, Prof. Germano Mendes de Paula coordinated studies on the development of Latin American metal-mechanical value chain, a request of Latin American Steel Association (Alacero). In all cases, national reports for Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico were elaborated by local consultants.

The study carried out in 2011 was denominated “Development of metal-mechanic value chain in Latin America”. It emphasized the risks of de-industrialization in the region, the productive performance and the trade balance for the metal-mechanic value chain (in general and in the bilateral trade with China). This report – in Spanish – is available in “working papers” section.

The report of 2012 was entitled “Metal-mechanic value chain in Latin America: economic relevance, opportunities and threats”. It highlighted the importance of the linkages of the mentioned value chain, both in terms of businesses and employments, based on input-output matrixes. This report – in English – is available in “working papers” section.

The report of 2013 was termed “Metal-mechanic value chain in Latin America: investment dynamics”. It stressed the main characteristics of carried out and announced investment in the value chain. It was released at Alacero 54 Congress, which was held in Lima, Peru, in November 2013. This report - in English - is available in "working papers" section.

The final report denominated "Metal-mechanic value chain in Latin America: economic importance, investments and international trade" updated and summarized the previous reports. It was released at Alacero 56 Congress, which ocurred in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in November 2015. This report - in Spanish - can be downloaded here.