"Transnational strategies in Dafeng industrial group, 1930-1945"
Carles Brasó Broggi, Associate Professor, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Jeudi 26 mars 2015, Salle de réunion de l’IAO (R66), de 14h à 15h30
Résumé : Dafeng was the first company to engage in industrial mercerizing in China. Having started as a workshop, it developed industrial capacity in 1921 with the construction of a dyeing and weaving mill and a spinning and weaving company named Zhentai in Shanghai. It was one of the first vertically integrated Chinese industrial groups in the cotton industry. Dafeng also depended on a transnational network and its strategies soon diverged from the nationalist idea of modernization. When the Japanese occupation finally materialized in 1937, the quest for survival intensified. The Dafeng industrial group was merged with a transnational trading firm registered in Hong Kong. While trade between Shanghai and the rest of China reached a standstill, the Dafeng group prospered by adopting transnational strategies and focusing on foreign trade. This situation continued until December 1941 when the Japanese occupied the International Concessions of Shanghai. Between 1942 and 1945, the industrial group survived with a minimum activity.