light industry



A section of an economy's secondary industry characterized by less capital-intensive and more labor-intensive operations. Products made by an economy's light industry tend to be targeted toward end consumers rather than other businesses. Consumer electronics and clothing manufacturing are examples of light industry. See also heavy industry.

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  • While their heavy industry divisions were notorious for their environmental issues and copious supply needs, their apparel division and other parts of their light industry conglomerate, tended to have more labor-specific problems.

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  • The light industry was especially reliant on the quality of its human capital in the form of human beings that directly interacted with the customers.

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  • The city's mayor told members of the chamber of commerce yesterday about the possibility of encouraging more light industry in order to give more job opportunities for those with less skills or education.

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