Company vs. Factory

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Company and Factory is that the Company is a association or collection of individuals, whether natural persons, juridic persons, or a mixture of both and Factory is a facility where goods are made, or processed.

  • Company

    A company, abbreviated as co., is a legal entity made up of an association of people, be they natural, legal, or a mixture of both, for carrying on a commercial or industrial enterprise. Company members share a common purpose, and unite to focus their various talents and organize their collectively available skills or resources to achieve specific, declared goals. Companies take various forms, such as:

    voluntary associations, which may include nonprofit organizations

    business entities with an aim of gaining a profit

    financial entities and banksA company or association of persons can be created at law as a legal person so that the company in itself can accept limited liability for civil responsibility and taxation incurred as members perform (or fail to discharge) their duty within the publicly declared “birth certificate” or published policy.

    Companies as legal persons may associate and register themselves collectively as other companies – often known as a corporate group. When a company closes, it may need a “death certificate” to avoid further legal obligations.

  • Factory

    A factory, manufacturing plant or a production plant is an industrial site, usually consisting of buildings and machinery, or more commonly a complex having several buildings, where workers manufacture goods or operate machines processing one product into another.

    Factories arose with the introduction of machinery during the Industrial Revolution when the capital and space requirements became too great for cottage industry or workshops. Early factories that contained small amounts of machinery, such as one or two spinning mules, and fewer than a dozen workers have been called “glorified workshops”.Most modern factories have large warehouses or warehouse-like facilities that contain heavy equipment used for assembly line production. Large factories tend to be located with access to multiple modes of transportation, with some having rail, highway and water loading and unloading facilities.

    Factories may either make discrete products or some type of material continuously produced such as chemicals, pulp and paper, or refined oil products. Factories manufacturing chemicals are often called plants and may have most of their equipment – tanks, pressure vessels, chemical reactors, pumps and piping – outdoors and operated from control rooms. Oil refineries have most of their equipment outdoors.

    Discrete products may be final consumer goods, or parts and sub-assemblies which are made into final products elsewhere. Factories may be supplied parts from elsewhere or make them from raw materials. Continuous production industries typically use heat or electricity to transform streams of raw materials into finished products.

    The term mill originally referred to the milling of grain, which usually used natural resources such as water or wind power until those were displaced by steam power in the 19th century. Because many processes like spinning and weaving, iron rolling, and paper manufacturing were originally powered by water, the term survives as in steel mill, paper mill, etc.

  • Company (noun)

    A team; a group of people who work together professionally.

  • Company (noun)

    A group of individuals who work together for a common purpose.

    “A company of actors.”

  • Company (noun)

    A unit of approximately sixty to one hundred and twenty soldiers, typically consisting of two or three platoons and forming part of a battalion.

    “the boys in Company C”

  • Company (noun)

    A unit of firefighters and their equipment.

    “It took six companies to put out the fire.”

  • Company (noun)

    The entire crew of a ship.

  • Company (noun)

    An entity having legal personality, and thus able to own property and to sue and be sued in its own name; a corporation.

  • Company (noun)

    Any business, whether incorporated or not, that manufactures or sells products (also known as goods), or provides services as a commercial venture.

  • Company (noun)

    Social visitors or companions.

    “Keep the house clean; I have company coming.”

  • Company (noun)


    “I treasure your company.”

  • Company (verb)

    To accompany, keep company with.

  • Company (verb)

    To associate.

  • Company (verb)

    To be a lively, cheerful companion.

  • Company (verb)

    To have sexual intercourse.

  • Factory (noun)

    A trading establishment, especially set up by merchants working in a foreign country.

  • Factory (noun)

    The position or state of being a factor.

  • Factory (noun)

    A manufacturing takes place.

  • Factory (noun)

    A device which produces or manufactures something.

  • Factory (noun)

    In a computer program or library, a function, method, etc. which creates an object.

  • Factory (adjective)

    Having come from the factory in the state it is currently in; original, stock.

    “See how there’s another layer of metal there? That’s not factory.”

  • Company (noun)

    a commercial business

    “a company director”

    “a shipping company”

    “the Ford Motor Company”

  • Company (noun)

    the fact or condition of being with another or others, especially in a way that provides friendship and enjoyment

    “I really enjoy his company”

  • Company (noun)

    a person or people regarded as pleasant (or unpleasant) to be with

    “you’re not much company—I might as well go home”

    “she is excellent company”

  • Company (noun)

    the person or group of people whose society one is currently sharing

    “he was silent among such distinguished company”

  • Company (noun)

    a visiting person or group of people

    “I’m expecting company”

  • Company (noun)

    a number of individuals gathered together

    “the Mayor addressed the assembled company”

  • Company (noun)

    a body of soldiers, especially the smallest subdivision of an infantry battalion, typically commanded by a major or captain

    “B Company of the Cheshire Regiment”

  • Company (noun)

    a group of actors, singers, or dancers who perform together

    “a national opera company”

  • Company (noun)

    a group of Guides.

  • Company (noun)

    a flock of wigeon (ducks)

    “a company of wigeons occasionally numbers several thousand birds”

  • Company (verb)

    associate with; keep company with

    “these men which have companied with us all this time”

  • Company (verb)

    accompany (someone)

    “the fair dame, companied by Statius and myself”

Oxford Dictionary

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