By Jason Vander Griendt

January 22, 2018 at 12:04 pm

Manufacturing represents the production of goods in large quantities. This process involves converting raw materials into consumable products. It plays a huge role in modern society, since a wide variety of industries are involved in the process of manufacturing. This method is beneficial not only from the business point of view, but for social reasons also. It connects different cultures and customs introducing them to each other through products such as food and clothing.

Here’s an introduction to some of the main industries that take place in manufacturing, along with their purposes.

Clothing and Textiles

Clothing and textile manufacturing includes every process that transforms raw wool, flax, and cotton into cloth. Cloth along with wool can be furthermore used for clothes, upholstery fabrics, outerwear, and bedding. This action is also considered to be a part of clothing and textiles industries. Even the output of seamstresses and tailors represent this sector.

Food Production

Every process that’s involved in getting the food from the farms to the stores is logically considered to fall under this section. Prepared food has a beneficial impact on many lives today, since some people rarely find time to prepare it themselves. This industry has developed automation. The presence of robots and automated systems has reduced some pain-suffering methods used in agriculture.

Electronics, Computer and Transportation

Although these three components are related, they’re usually viewed as different sectors of manufacturing. The one thing that they all have in common is the need for a power source. This manufacturing contains micro-chips, processors, appliances, semi-conducts and all audio-visual equipment. The transportation industry is self-defining, as it includes all types of vehicles.

Petroleum, Chemicals and Plastic

All chemicals processed into usable items represent this type of manufacturing. Soups, medicine, pesticides, resins, and paints are some of the goods that are being produced by these industries. Rubber manufacturing is managed by the work of plastic industries. Crude oil is involved in this sector, since it is used for making plastics, gasoline and other chemicals.

Paper Leather and Wood

The paper section implies on producing various paper products by cleansing the raw wood pulp. The leather industry will provide all tanning and curing actions but it is separated from the industries that use it to create clothes. The wood industry involves the manufacturing of floors and housings along with laminating and sawing.

Metal Manufacturing

Unlike other manufacturers that are mostly light or consumer-oriented industries; metal manufacturing is known to be a part of the heavy industry. Production of all forms of metals including iron, steel, aluminum, as well as engraving forging and coating are all classified into this sector. There are industries that use metal to produce their own products. Trains, for example, fall under transportation manufacturing.

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Jason Vander Griendt

Jason Vander Griendt is a Mechanical Engineering Technician with years of experience working at major companies such as SNC Lavalin Inc, Hatch Ltd. Siemens and Gerdau Ameristeel. He is the CEO of JCAD – Inc., a company he started in 2006 after seeing a gap in the market for businesses who could assist clients through the entire product design and manufacturing process.

Jason has been featured in Forbes, has had his businesses analyzed and discussed in multiple start-up books, was a previous winner of the Notable8 Digital Innovator of the year award, and is a regular guest on business panels and podcasts. Email Jason at or follow him on LinkedIn.

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