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Resource-based industries – Innovation in Resource-Based Technology Clusters:From coffee production to machines for optical selection in Costa Rica

Guiliani reviews a case of lateral migration of technology from resource industries in Costa Rica. Xeltron, a domestic firm, is a producer of machines for optical selection, which was started up in the 1970’s as a knowledge intensive input supplier of coffee producers. Triggered by domestic demand, the company developed optical selectors for coffee beans,…