Light Industry Law and Legal Definition

Light industry refers to manufacturing activity that uses moderate amounts of partially processed materials to produce items of relatively high value per unit weight. Light industries require only a small amount of raw materials, area and power. The value of the goods produced is relatively low and they are easy to transport. Light industries cause relatively little pollution when compared to heavy industries. As light industry facilities have less environmental impact than those associated with heavy industry zoning laws permit light industry near residential areas. It is a criterion for zoning classification. The manufacturing of clothes, shoes, furniture, consumer electronics and household items are a few examples of light industries.