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Heavy Industry

A generic term for sectors producing or using heavy machinery or items. For example, heavy industry may refer to an automobile factory or the construction of a building. It may also be a designation in zoning law for places where such facilities may be built. See also: Light industry.

heavy industry

A concept usually important in zoning regulations,where it will be defined for the particular purposes of those laws.In common parlance,heavy industry is usually understood as that requiring extensive capital investment in land and machinery and thus not easily relocated.This is contrasted with light industry, which is usually more labor intensive and relatively easy to move. Other times, the term “heavy industry” is intended to convey an image of severe environmental impact through normal operations.