Study on trade in intermediate products and EU manufacturing supply chains (Competitiveness Report 2010)

Client/Funding Institution

European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry


The study analysed trade in intermediate products across several dimensions. First the volume, number of varieties and the quality of intermediates imported were analysed as well as the structure of EU exports and their competitive advantage. Additionally, the study investigated how increased trade in intermediate products impacts on manufacturing supply chains in terms of geographical sourcing. Secondly, the study looked at the inter-linkage between manufacturing and services using a case study on "EU Manufacturing value chains in the light of globalisation: The case of the ICT industry". Thirdly, the impact of the crisis as well as other possible factors (such as exchange rate movements or regional integration) on the trade in intermediate products have been compared with the impact on the final goods trade. Finally, policy implications have been derived from the results obtained.


December 2009 - January 2011

wiiw team Leader

Robert Stehrer

wiiw Staff

Neil Foster-McGregor, Doris Hanzl-Weiss, Roman Stöllinger

Keywords: competitiveness, international trade

Countries covered: EU27

Research Areas: International Trade, Competitiveness and FDI