Industry presents special problems to the feng shui consultant. On one hand there is the need to promote prosperity and to create value from business activity. On the other hand, there is a need to minimize industry’s impact on the earth and the biological web. In fact, many of our clients are actively involved in creating new paradigms in which industry itself becomes an agent of healing and regeneration.

Whether it is a wine manufacturer, a metals producer, or a printing plant, our clients have sought our advice in order to create environments that are efficient, productive, supportive of staff and management, and which are as green and sustainable as possible. In addition, many of them are also exploring the possibility of working with new systems and technologies that allow for more ecologically conscious use of resources, energy, and time.

Traditional feng shui considerations can greatly enhance an industry’s prospects for financial rewards, staff and client satisfaction, good management, and conscious business practices. Worker productivity, communication, and management are other areas in which specialized geomantic techniques can be of help. In addition, certain rituals are very effective at promoting success and minimizing risks. Accidents, overages, inefficiency, and waste are some of the many concerns that can be minimized through the use of these techniques.

Furthermore, the global reach of transnational industries can also be enhanced through judicious management of energies internal to the business structure as well as by assessments and adjustments to the environment of both factory space and corporate headquarters.


THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS

Feng Shui has a very particular view of the manufacturing process, as it understands it from the perspective of energy, rather than from that of matter. In this context, what is important is the integrity of the energetic transformation induced by the manufacturing, and not the resulting end product. In order to promote stability in the Natural world, feng shui seeks to balance the the reduction in one resource by a corresponding increase in its corresponding opposites. Using the principles of 5-Element Theory, also known as the Theory of the 5 Transformations, feng shui can help to address potential imbalances created by the extraction of natural materials, the conversion of these materials into manufactured goods, and by the marketing of these products into the consumer chain.

It is this consciousness of the process which sets feng shui apart in terms of ensuring long-term results which can benefit bottom line considerations as well as more holistic concerns for biological and geological integrity. Understandably, industry will always attempt to maximize conversion capacity, so it is the role of the feng shui practitioner to ensure that this process does not create complications downstream. Cradle-to-cradle options being considerably distant in the future for most manufacturing categories, it is in the conservation of resources and energetic input where the most good can be achieved.

In addition, the location and distribution of industrial buildings can also be evaluated as another tool in maximizing returns in financial, human, and social terms. Feng Shui is admirably well suited to the task of balancing these competing concerns.


FENG SHUI ANALYSIS

The analytical process used in industry is similar to that used in other fields, with the notable exception that, in this case, the place of origin of the raw materials must be taken into account. An obvious example are wineries, which must account for soil characteristics in order to produce products of high quality. This is true for all manufacturing processes, however, including some which would be seemingly immune to the place of origin of its manufacturing components. A good example of this is electronics, which source materials from innumerable sources and locations. Yet, it is important to analyze the energetic qualities all of these components in order to ensure long-lasting success.

In addition, traditional feng shui is also applied to the location, design, and layout of industrial structures, as well as to corporate headquarters, residential compounds, and even storage facilities. In some cases the extractive location itself must be assessed, as is the case in mining and other extractive activities.

For organizations which have multi-level operations, as well as for those which have multiple locations, it is important to assess all of these locations as part of a geographical pattern. In the same way that the footprint of a structure or property can have a significant impact on the outcome of a single structure, the distribution patterns of industrial conglomerates will also have a marked and predictable impact on outcomes. Hence it is important to do high-level analytical studies, often using geological data for mineral substrates, underground water, volcanic activity, and terrestrial magnetism.