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English translation: underutilization of capacity


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15:32 Dec 3, 2000
German to English translations [PRO]
German term or phrase: Unterauslastung
Es wird normale Anlagenbelegung unterstellt, Leerkosten wegen ungeplanter Unterauslastung sind zu eliminieren
David Rumsey
Local time: 21:48
English translation:underutilization of capacity
underutilization of capacity
idle capacity
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Sabine Cane
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naunderuse of capacity
Tim Drayton
nautilization below capacity
Elisabeth Moser
naunderutilization of capacitySabine Cane



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underutilization of capacity

underutilization of capacity
idle capacity

    Schaefer Wirtschaftswoerterbuch
Sabine Cane
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utilization below capacity

sub-utilization or utilization below capacity--NOT underutilization
--no such word

Elisabeth Moser
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underuse of capacity

This expression feels a little more natural to me. Example of use from quoted web page:
One of the common problems facing agroindustries is the underuse of capacity because of...
However, in this case the repetition of 'un' in 'unplanned underuse of capacity' jars, so I think we will have to paraphrase with something like 'cases where capacity use/utilization falls short of planned levels'.

    Reference: http://www.dailystarnews.com/199811/10/n8111009.htm
Tim Drayton
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