from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Too great a capacity for production of commodities or delivery of services in relation to actual need: the problem of overcapacity in many large industries.

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  • n. A capacity for the production of a commodity or product that is in excess of what is needed


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  • And when they do stop, they'll drown in overcapacity, and they won't be building new skyscrapers for a very long time.

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  • Yes, I think the main difference is that when we went into this last time, there was considerable and long-term overcapacity still in the marketplace.

  • But that didn't address broader industry concerns, such as overcapacity in the auto-parts industry.

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  • That suggests that the investment boom of the past few years has not led to the kind of overcapacity that heralds a corrective plunge in investment as seen during the "lost decade."

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  • The amount of damage that has been done to the Asian infrastructure and financial system and the enormous overcapacity which is in existence can't be dealt with in a matter of months.

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  • And that brings us to the old chestnut of 'overcapacity' in Europe.

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  • This rapid growth led to an economic concept called "overcapacity".


  • You've probably been noticing some people talking about "overcapacity" in the finance industry, and in a sense this is what they're talking about.

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  • While I personally believe that their efforts could have been better spent on stabilizing their servers and working out those infamous "overcapacity" issues, the change is a good one.

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  • Much of that "overcapacity" has been driven by an orgy of capital spending and the artificial peg of the Chinese renminbi to the US dollar to protect the export-led manufacturing industry.

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