Secondary Economic ActivitiesSecondary economic activity involves making things.Secondary economic activities refers to manufacturingindustries.It usually involves taking raw materials and making them into afinished product or semi-finished product.For example, in a sawmill;Raw Material – a raw material could be the trunk of a tree.Semi-Finished Product – A semi-finished product could beplanks of wood.Finished Product - A finished product could be a table or adoor.
A SawmillRaw Material Semi Finished Product Finished Product
Processes – To change Raw Materials into semi-finished orfinished products we must process them.
Secondary Economic Activities Secondary economic activity usually takes place infactories or workshops.Some factories may only take raw materials andmake them into semi-finished products.Other factories may only take semi-finishedproducts and make them into finished products.Secondary economic activity may be seen as asystem.Each system has Inputs, Processes, and Outputs.
Inputs, Processes, and Outputs All systems have Inputs, Processes, and Outputs. Inputs – These are the things that we need to put in at the start. Processes – These are the things we do to the Inputs to turn them into semi-finished or finished products. Outputs – These are the things we have at the end.
Inputs, Processes, and Outputs Lets take a carpentry factory that makes doors and windows as an example. Inputs Processes Outputs Wooden planks Measuring Window frames Electricity Cutting Doors Machinery Moulding Off-cuts Workers Chiselling Sawdust Gluing ClampingNote: Processes involve doing something. These words often end in –ing.
Let’s imagine that we own a computer factory.e.g. PC Pro in Co. Cork Let’s make a list of all the inputs, processes and outputs that might be involved.