Handbook of Manufacturing Industries in the World Economy
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Handbook of Manufacturing Industries in the World Economy

Edited by John R. Bryson, Jennifer Clark and Vida Vanchan

This interdisciplinary volume provides a critical and multi-disciplinary review of current manufacturing processes, practices, and policies, and broadens our understanding of production and innovation in the world economy. Chapters highlight how firms and industries modify existing processes to produce for established and emerging markets through dynamic and design-driven strategies. This approach allows readers to view transformations in production systems and processes across sectors, technologies and industries. Contributors include scholars ranging from engineering to policy to economic geography. The evidence demonstrates that manufacturing continues to matter in the world economy.
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Chapter 9: Energy and manufacturing: technology and policy transformations and challenges

Marilyn A. Brown and Gyungwon Kim


Energy is both a resource used in the production of goods and services and an industry in its own right, with its own raw materials and finished products. Just as energy inputs in manufacturing are evolving, so are energy industries modernizing and shifting. These transformations are motivated by global competition, resource constraints, and environmental concerns, but they are also enabled and impacted by public policies and by advances in science and technology. This chapter provides a unique and sweeping overview of energy as a manufactured or processed good, emphasizing past trends and future projections about global and US energy systems. This sets the stage for examining the role of energy as an input to manufacturing other goods and commodities, highlighting differences across industries, states, and countries. For example, opportunities to cut energy costs depend on the industrial process being targeted, the products being manufactured, the size of the manufacturing facility, and existing public incentives and regulations.

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