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Capacity can be defined as:

The maximum output that a business can produce in a given period with the available resources

Capacity is usually measured in production units (e.g. 1,000 cars per month). Productive capacity can change e.g. when a machine is having maintenance, capacity is reduced

Capacity is linked to workforce planning: e.g. by working more production shifts, capacity can be increased

Capacity needs to take account of seasonal or unexpected changes in demand

E.g. Chocolate factories need capacity to make Easter Eggs in November and December before shipping them to shops after Christmas

E.g. Ice-cream factories in the UK needed to quickly increase capacity during a heat wave


BUSS4 Section A 2015: UK Manufacturing

We'll use this Series to curate resources that support teachers and students preparing for the BUSS4 Section A Research Theme on Manufacturing in the UK (June 2015). These resources will complement our popular BUSS4 Section A Toolkit on Manufacturing and the BUSS4 Exam Coaching Workshops which also include sessions on Manufacturing.

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