Light industry


Light industry

Light industry is usually less capital intensive than heavy industry, and is more consumer-oriented than business-oriented (i.e., most light industry products are produced for end users rather than as intermediates for use by other industries). Light industry facilities typically have less environmental impact than those associated with heavy industry, and zoning laws are more likely to permit light industry near residential areas.

One economic definition states that light industry is a "manufacturing activity that uses moderate amounts of partially processed materials to produce items of relatively high value per unit weight".

Examples of light industries include the manufacture of clothes, shoes, furniture and household items (e.g. consumer electronics).


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  • light industry — ➔ industry * * * light industry UK US noun [C or U] PRODUCTION ► industries that manufacture small equipment, clothing, electronics, etc.: »One area has numerous coal fired power plants and high levels of air pollution, the other is an area with… …   Financial and business terms

  • light industry — n [U and C] industry that produces small goods, for example computers, in small factories using light machinery →↑heavy industry …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • light industry — light industries N VAR Light industry is industry in which only small items are made, for example household goods and clothes …   English dictionary

  • light industry — noun uncount industry in which small goods are produced, for example things that you use in the house ─ compare HEAVY INDUSTRY …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • light industry — ► NOUN ▪ the manufacture of small or light articles …   English terms dictionary

  • light industry — industry that produces products for consumer use (such as paper, shoes, food, etc.) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • light industry —   an industry in which the physical mass of raw materials used is relatively low. This can be misleading for an industry that uses large amounts of electricity drawn from a power grid rather than produced on site as it removes the need for fuel… …   Geography glossary

  • light industry — noun (U) the part of industry which produces small goods, such as things used in the house lighting / laItIN/ noun (U) the lights that light a room, building, or street, or the quality of the light produced: Better street lighting might help to… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • light industry — UK / US noun [uncountable] economics industry in which small goods are produced, for example things that you use in the house See: heavy industry …   English dictionary


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