Study on investment needs and obstacles along industrial value chains

Client/Funding Institution

European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry


The aim of this study was to identify special investment needs, funding gaps and obstacles for investments along industrial value chains as well as to propose actions for overcoming obstacles especially for the coordination of investments within this value chains. First of all industrial value chains with high potential for growth within the European Union were identified. Afterwards five case studies have been conducted that illustrated funding gaps and needs as well as obstacles in these selected value chains. These five case studies examined: (1) the sector of engine construction – additive manufacturing, (2) rubber and plastic products – production of rubber, (3) food sector – retraceability of food, (4) automobile industry – batteries for electric vehicles as well as (5) metal production and processing – recycling. At the end for each of these value chains an investment package was developed.


April 2016 - December 2016

wiiw team Leader

Doris Hanzl-Weiss

wiiw Staff

Robert Stehrer

Project Partners


External Publications

Study on investment needs and obstacles along industrial value chains

Keywords: value chains, investment needs, funding gaps, industrial value chain, obstacles for investment

Countries covered: EU-28

Research Areas: International Trade, Competitiveness and FDI, Sectoral studies