Ivey Publishing
Metalfrio: Achieving Global Leadership in the Plug-in Commercial Refrigeration Industry
Product Number:
9B13M012
Publication Date:
03/05/2013
Revised Date:
03/06/2013
Length:
21 pages (8 pages of text)
Product Type:
Case (Field)
Source:
Northeastern University
The chief executive officer and chair of the board of directors of a company that designs, builds and sells consumer and commercial refrigeration products are trying to decide if the firm should expand in Asia and, if so, which method it should use. In recent years, Metalfrio has become a global leader in its industry by establishing manufacturing operations in Mexico, Turkey and Russia, as well as expanding within its home territory of Brazil, with sales in over 80 countries. Asia is offering promising opportunities for growth, and key customers are suggesting the company establish manufacturing operations there to better serve its global needs. The case addresses how Metalfrio transfers its competitive advantages across its international operations, and it further discusses how the company coordinates its operations to serve countries in which it does not have a production facility via exports. The case analyzes the competitive advantage of the firm and its transferability to other countries.

The supplement, A Note on the Commercial Refrigeration Industry 9B13M024, provides an overview of the commercial refrigeration sector.
Learning Objective:
  • Analyzes the drivers of international expansion and the selection of entry methods into foreign countries.
  • Illustrates the rapid globalization of emerging market firms, highlighting rapid and bold moves.
  • Analyzes global competition to identify the competitive advantage of a firm.
Issues:
Disciplines:
General Management/Strategy,  International
Industries:
Manufacturing
Setting:
Brazil; Turkey; Russia; Mexico; Denmark, Large, 2011
Intended Audience:
Undergraduate/MBA
Price:
$4.25 CAD / $4.25 USD Printed Copy
$3.75 CAD / $3.75 USD Permissions
$3.75 CAD / $3.75 USD Digital Download
Associated Materials
Use With: 9B13M024 (6 pages)
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