1998 News Story

Status of the Kingdom's industrial sector

The Ministry of Industry and Electricity today reported a total of 2,660 factories currently operating in the Kingdom and employing about 250,000 workers.  These factories are classified in ten categories as follows:  415 for foodstuffs and beverages, 118 for textiles, ready-made clothing, and leather products, 125 for wood carving and furniture, 169 for paper and publishing, 137 for chemical products, 490 for construction materials, glass, china and ceramics, 13 for basic mineral processing, 727 for minerals, machinery and equipment, 19 for transportation and storage, and the rest, miscellaneous.