The Emergence and Development of the Cambridge Ink Jet Printing Industry

Centre for Technology Management (CTM) Working Paper, No. 2009/04

30 Pages Posted: 6 Sep 2011

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Elizabeth W. Garnsey

University of Cambridge - Judge Business School

Brychan Thomas

University of Glamorgan - Business

Erik Stam

Utrecht University - School of Economics; Utrecht University - Tjalling C. Koopmans Research Institute

Date Written: September 1, 2009

Abstract

This paper focuses on the Ink Jet Printing (IJP) industry in the vicinity of Cambridge, UK, and explores the emergence and maturation of a knowledge-based cluster of activity. The discussion is organised in terms of the origins and progeny of the firms in the cluster and their business environment. The lineage of firms is examined with reference to their technologies, spin-out activity and reasons for location near Cambridge. Ecological issues are addressed with reference to production chains, competition and new relations of ownership accompanying the globalisation of the mature industry. It is shown that maturation of an industry can be followed by local renewal, which in this case has accompanied recognition of the generic nature of the ink jet technologies as an innovative process for the deposition of valuable substances on substrates. Beyond the original printing and product identification industries, there are wide applications for IJP, which extend to the emergence of intelligent materials.

Centre for Technology Management (CTM) Working Paper 2009/04

Keywords: Ink Jet Printing industry, high tech, cluster dynamics, genealogical/ecological processes, renewal

JEL Classification: M13, O18, O3

Suggested Citation

Garnsey, Elizabeth W. and Thomas, Brychan and Stam, Erik, The Emergence and Development of the Cambridge Ink Jet Printing Industry (September 1, 2009). Centre for Technology Management (CTM) Working Paper, No. 2009/04, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1923063 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1923063

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Brychan Thomas

University of Glamorgan - Business ( email )

Glamorgan University
Pontypridd
Wales
United Kingdom

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Erik Stam

Utrecht University - School of Economics ( email )

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Utrecht, +31 30 253 7373 3584 EC
Netherlands

Utrecht University - Tjalling C. Koopmans Research Institute ( email )

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Utrecht, 3584 EC
Netherlands

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