I'm a bit confused by the word dementsprechend in the following sentence.

Infolge von hohen Kosten kann man leider nicht dementsprechend viel herstellen.

I found out that it means accordingly and so I understand it's function in the sentence. But is it really necessary? Or can the sentence be stated without it and keeps its meaning?

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    It seems that "dementsprechend" refers to an entity in a previous sentence. The situation is different if the sentence read "... leider dementsprechend nicht viel herstellen" or "... leider nicht, dementsprechend, viel herstellen" - in those cases, the word would IMHO refer to "hohe Kosten" and would be, dementsprechend, redundant.
    – TAR86
    Mar 31, 2017 at 6:11
  • "dementsprechend viel" is a fixed phrase meaning "as much as". Hint: the verb "entsprechen" means "to follow a wish/command" or simply "to accord".
    – Janka
    Mar 31, 2017 at 6:54

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dementsprechend and infolge might be, depending on context, somewhat redundant in your example sentence.

The literal translation is, as you say, "accordingly", but dementsprechend is often used in a causal connotation and can simply be translated to "thus".

Er war müde und dementsprechend schlecht gelaunt.

He was tired and thus in a bad temper.

In case the sentence is embedded in more context like

Der Bedarf an Goldmünzen ist in den letzten Jahren sehr gestiegen - Infolge von hohen Kosten kann man aber leider nicht dementsprechend viel herstellen.

The demand for gold coins has increased a lot during the last years - but, because of high cost, production can not keep up [with that demand].

the dementsprechend would relate to the high demand in the previous sentence in a connotation of "as mentioned before" and not be redundant.

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