vertical combination

noun
the integration within one company of individual businesses working separately in related phases of the production and sale of a product.
Also called vertical integration.
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vertical combination

noun
absorption into a single firm of several firms involved in all aspects of a product's manufacture from raw materials to distribution [syn: vertical integration
vertical integration

noun
absorption into a single firm of several firms involved in all aspects of a product's manufacture from raw materials to distribution 
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Example sentences
Another explanation for the growth in multinationalism is vertical integration.
Vertical integration solved the problem of imperfect information.
Vertical integration ensures supply and quality, but leads companies into
  non-core areas better done by others.
The need to protect relationship-specific investments created incentives for
  contracts and vertical integration.
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