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Capital Intensive

Describing a company or industry requiring a great deal of capital to maintain operations. For example, the automobile industry is capital-intensive because, in order to make cars, it requires a lot of workers and expensive equipment that must be properly maintained. Another, smaller scale example is a dentist office, which requires expensive equipment and materials. In order to stay afloat, capital intensive companies need either consistently large profits or inexpensive credit.

capital intensive

Of or relating to a firm or industry that requires large amounts of fixed assets and/or cash to operate. Steel, automobile manufacturing, and mining are capital intensive industries.
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First, there is a significant barrier to entry, as life reinsurance is very capital intensive.
As real estate operating companies typically must distribute all of their net income, and they operate in a capital intensive business, growth must be funded externally.
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If they become easier and less capital intensive to process, then that will certainly help the smaller operators work profitably," he says.
Results show that all the top five exporting industries are capital intensive ones thus indicating that export share of capital intensive industries increased (at double digit) during the whole period but wage share of all these industries also increased (single digit) with maximum increase in wage share of petroleum products (5.
As capital intensive manufacturing companies strive to get the most from their investments, they can use technology to take an integrated approach to operation, monitoring, and control of their manufacturing facilities.
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