Heavy industry

Heavy industry is industry that involves one or more characteristics such as large and heavy products; large and heavy equipment and facilities (such as heavy equipment, large machine tools, and huge buildings); or complex or numerous processes. Because of those factors, heavy industry often involves higher capital intensity than light industry does, and it is also often more heavily cyclical in investment and employment.

Traditional examples from the mid-19th century through the early 20th included steelmaking, artillery production, locomotive erection, machine tool building, and the heavier types of mining. From the late 19th century through the mid-20th, as the chemical industry and electrical industry developed, they involved components of both heavy industry and light industry, which was soon also true for the automotive industry and the aircraft industry. Modern shipbuilding (since steel replaced wood) is considered heavy industry. In the post–World War II era, construction of large systems, such as skyscrapers, large dams, and large rockets, is also often classed as heavy industry.

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Mitsubishi closing Moses Lake testing facility

The Spokesman-Review 26 May 2020
Jeff Dronen, director of strategic communications for Mitsubishi Aircraft, said in an email to the Columbia Basin Herald that the upcoming annual budget for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries – Mitsubishi Aircraft’s parent company – was significantly reduced. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries ......

Ecology goals mostly met, yet 'arduous' tasks remain

China Daily 26 May 2020
Overall emissions of some major pollutants across the country, including sulfur dioxide, have been reduced to below target levels, he said ... China still greatly depends on heavy and chemical industries in its industrial structure and greatly relies on coal for energy. Besides, environmental accidents occur frequently, he said ...

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