[Journal:] Investigaciones Europeas de Dirección y Economía de la Empresa (IEDEE) [ISSN:] 1135-2523 [Volume:] 15 [Year:] 2009 [Issue:] 2 [Pages:] 43-62
The direct suppliers firms of manufacturers require the products innovation to offer distinguished products and with an upper added value. Different techniques, methods and systems have to be used to reduce costs and time in the products innovation. This research wants to know if the firms do technological innovations and if they use techniques to reduce the time and costs of the development of their products. A survey is done to a sample of direct suppliers of OEMs located in Catalonia. The Homals and Cluster techniques achieve to make a typology of enterprises.
product innovation techniques suppliers motor industry Catalonia