capacity utilization

1. Econ
the output of an economy, firm, or plant divided by its output when working at full capacity
2. Gen Mgt, Ops
a measure of the plant and equipment of a company or industry that is actually being used to produce goods or services. Capacity utilization usually is the measure of output over a specific period, for example, the average output for a month, or at a given point in time, for example, on a given date. It can be expressed as a ratio, where utilization = actual output/design capacity. This measure is used in both capacity planning and capacity requirements planning processes.

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