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Factory in 1958, photo by Paolo Monti

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to manufacturing:

Manufacturing – use of machines, tools and labor to produce goods for use or sale. Includes a range of human activity, from handicraft to high-tech, but most commonly refers to industrial production, where raw materials are transformed into finished goods on a large scale.


Some manufacturing industries


Origins of manufacturing

Industrial Revolution

Emergence of the factory


Improvement of industrial processes

Industrial process

Theories applied to manufacturing

Operations of manufacturing

Organizational control

Manufacturing systems

Product design

Manufacturing engineering

Assembly systems

Modern manufacturing processes

Taxonomy of manufacturing processes

Manufacturing process management



By country

See also