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By Giovanni Federico

This ebook examines the expansion of the realm silk undefined. Professor Federico files Western industrialization, the technical development and the altering equipment of construction that enabled the silk to deal with elevated call for. Silk turned the 1st eastern luck tale at the international industry, with Italy holding a large percentage till exertions used to be diverted because of its industrialization. jap industrialization additionally led its silk to the same destiny after the second one global battle.

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However, the constraint was not really binding, as the minimum viable size was very small - around 20-30 basins. The heating costs were indeed inversely proportional to the boiler's power, but savings were minimal in comparison with the total production costs. In fact, there is no evidence whatsoever of correlation between the plant size and the productivity per basin. 21 for eighty-seven Japanese ones in 1908) 33 34 35 36 Federico 1994a, Appendice statistica, table LXVIII. Beauquais 1910, 8 1 .

In larger multi-plant firms, each factory had a production manager and marketing was centralized. The organization was that simple because the peculiar characteristics of the business made most functions useless. A silk firm did not need a sales department because it had to sell few homogeneous commodities (raw silk, thrown silk, waste silk) in efficient and well-organized markets; it did not need a financial department because its operations were very simple (a big loan to purchase the raw material, to be repaid with the proceedings of sales); it did not need an RD department because the innovation on product was non-existent, and those on process was entrusted to the producers (save in Japan in the 1920s); and so on.

However, the constraint was not really binding, as the minimum viable size was very small - around 20-30 basins. The heating costs were indeed inversely proportional to the boiler's power, but savings were minimal in comparison with the total production costs. In fact, there is no evidence whatsoever of correlation between the plant size and the productivity per basin. 21 for eighty-seven Japanese ones in 1908) 33 34 35 36 Federico 1994a, Appendice statistica, table LXVIII. Beauquais 1910, 8 1 .

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