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Heavy Industry

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Paul Tracy
Updated January 16, 2021

What is a Heavy Industry?

Heavy industries often sell their products to other industries rather than to end users and consumers. In other words, they usually make products that are used to make other products. Accordingly, when a down economy begins to recover, heavy industry is often first to show signs of improvement. This makes the sector a leading economic indicator.
 

How Does a Heavy Industry Work?

Oil, mining, shipbuilding, steel, chemicals, machinery manufacturing and similar industries are examples of heavy industry. They are very capital-intensive, meaning that they require a lot of machinery and equipment to produce. Often, they are criticized for their environmental impacts.

Why Does a Heavy Industry Matter?

Heavy industry refers to industries that produce "heavy" products.

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