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OBJECTIVES: At the end of the lesson, students should be able to:

  • give the meaning of Manufacturing Industries.
  • state and describe the three main classes of industries i.e. Light industries, Consumer Goods industries, and Heavy industries.
  • state and describe the three types of industries i.e. Primary industries, Secondary industries and Tertiary industries.
  • mention at least four factors that can affect the location of an industry.
  • state and explain at least five problems of manufacturing industries and also mention five solutions to those problems.
  • list seven contributions of the industrial sector to economic development.

 

ECONOMIC AND HUMAN GEOGRAPHY: WORLD MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES.

DEFINITION: Manufacturing industry is defined as the turning of raw materials into new products by mechanical or chemical processes at home (cottage) or in the factory.

Characteristics of Manufacturing Industries in Tropical African Countries

  1. They are dominated by foreign multinational corporations.
  2. They depend on imported machinery.
  3. They are concentrated in towns.
  4. They are mainly light industries.
  5. They are labour intensive.

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