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Hi All,

Can anybody tell me why we creat INDUSTRY SECTOR in material master.

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Industry sector tells which particular industry the company belongs to and accodingly one can configure material master records based on industry sector.



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Industry sectors indicate the assignment of a material to a certain branch of industry (for example, plant engineering and construction, chemical industry, mechanical engineering, and pharmaceuticals industry).

Like the material type, the industry key also has important control functions. It determines, for example, the selection of data fields on screens or the screen sequence. The subdivision into different industry sectors is necessary because, for example, a material in the chemical industry, such as a chemical solution, differs from a material in mechanical engineering in its basic characteristics.

In the standard version of the SAP R/3 System, the following industry sectors have been defined for the material master record:

Industry Sectors in the Standard Version of the SAP R/3 System:


Plant engineering and construction




Mechanical engineering



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We can define industry sector in SPRO


Spro >Logistics - General>Material Master--> Field Selection --> Define Industry Sectors and Industry-Sector-Specific Field Selection

The industry sector is used to activate / deactivate certain screens / fields specific for that particular industry. You can create your own industry sector or use one which satisfies your needs. It is not used anywhere else. Also, once the material is created with an industry sectore, it cannot be changed.

Standard Settings

The standard SAP R/3 System comes, for example, with the following

industry sectors:

o A for plant engineering and construction

o C for the chemical industry

o M for mechanical engineering

o P for pharmaceuticals

You can change the name of the industry sector (plant engineering and

construction, and so on) and, if necessary, the field input control too

(via the field reference).