27 Product manufacturing
ideas for today’s Investors
Today, the Nigerian Industrial & Manufacturing sector accounts for
less that 10% of Nigeria’s GDP, with manufacturing capacity utilization
remaining below 35% for the most part for the last decade. Your number
one life changing magazine brings to your doorsteps 27 hottest product
Crayon production: Crayon is more interesting, it is the same wax
used in production of candle, you will melt to produce crayon, what you
need to do is to add variant of colorant you require to get the desire
result-yellow, brown, blue, red etc, then it is ready for the market.
Crayon is one of the tools for education so you can go to schools,
bookshops and sells your product in packets. It is sold for about N200
per packet of 20 pieces, in a day should be able to produce not less
than 400 packs in a day, if you multiply these by 6 days, which you are
expected to work, that is 2,400 per week . That is good money if you are
able to dispose your product without hitches.
Production of dried split ginger: Ginger is a common agricultural
product found in every market in Nigeria. Little did anybody know that
ginger is a Dollar spinner. This is because of the various uses to which
ginger can be put into; its demand in the international market will ever
continue to rise. Ginger forms one of the basic ingredients in the
different types of spices in our market. It also has undisputable
application in the preparation of pharmaceutical products of various
ailments. Ginger is cultivated in large quantity in the northern parts
of the Country and is available through out the season.
Caramel production: Caramel is the dark brown material (Amorpous)
resulting from the carefully controlled heat treatment of good
carbohydrates, dextrose, invert sugar, lactose
and malt sugar. In industrial production, liquid corn syrup is the main
raw material. Cane sugar or sucrose is our main source of raw material
in Nigeria. A three thousand worth of raw materials (sugar and other
items will give you a finished product of N5,00) (caramel colouring).
Presently the demand for caramel colouring is very high in the country.
Your target market ate the soft drinks companies, pharmaceutical
companies and bakeries The production of caramel does not need any
sophisticated or expensive equipment, in addition, you don’t need more
than N10,000 to start production on a small scale. Finally the
processing method, if carefully followed is very simple. It is a
business method that is worth trying.
Shaving cream: Shaving cream is a substance applied to the skin
to facilitate removal of hair. Shaving cream softens and moistens the
skin and the hair, thus making shaving more comfortable and contributing
to smoother skin..In shaving cream manufacture, the fatty or oily
materials are first combined and heated in a jacketed kettle, and then
most of the remaining ingredients are added. The mixing continues while
the mass cools, and then any desired perfumes are added.
Aloe vera soap: The manufacture of aloe vera black soap does not
require elaborate machinery, thereby making it an affordable project.
Even youth corpers can successfully venture into this project, if
properly guided. All you need are (i)A soap cutting machine-#18,000 (ii)A
mixer-#5,000 (iii)A hand stamp-#2,000 (iv)A tableting machine #42,000
(optional). Remember that black soap has a wide local and international
market; the demand for black soap is quite high among the blacks in
Bee keeping and honey production: Honey is primarily composed of
fructose, glucose and water. It also contains other sugars as well trace
enzymes, minerals, vitamins and ino acids. In addition to the care of
the bees and their hives, bee keeping involves the processing of the
honeycombs into a variety of usable products, ranging from edible honey
to wax. A litre of pure honey now goes for between N500 to N1000.
Custard manufacturing: In Africa, almost every ethnic is used to
making various food out of corn. In Nigeria Cities, they are used to
what is called Ogi, Akamu and this is cornstarch. It is very easy to
market particularly in big Towns and cities as people are used to modern
Butter production: Butter is widely used for variety of domestic
and industrial purposes. They include cooking, baking frying and
outright straight consumption. It is very popular among the citizens,
particularly within the average class and among the school children.
Butter is an indispensable companion in the baking and cooking industry.
The plants needed for this project are simple, easy to use local
machinery They include the paste mixer, corn milk, fryer, sifter and any
type of mill. Packaging is in 200 grams and 500 grams light plastic
container or paper wrapper.
Insecticide manufacturing: Unlike other continents, Africa
possesses harmful insects that enter every home in our big cities. This
is because we are in the topical part of the world. So insecticide is
widely used in Africa. It is very easy to market; supermarket, local
shops, hawkers etc, make sure you create a good network of retail and
wholesale markets, with proper branding and packaging, you are sure to
capture the market in no time.
Pomade and ointments: These are semi-solid preparation intended
for application to the skin or hair. Examples in this regard include
perfumed petroleum jelly, menthol Balm, sulphur ointments and anti-skin
rashes. As a venture, the cosmetic business is very viable. This is
because despite the growing number of indigenous cosmetics
manufacturers, demand still exceeds supply. Importers of cosmetics
products now go for the local ones that are cheaper, and within the
reach of many.
Polythene/nylon bags manufacturing: Polythene/nylon bags are made
from polymer of high and low density respectively. The polymer or
polyester serving as the main raw materials is a petrol-chemical
product, which is not locally produced in Nigeria. It is therefore
wholesomely imported. Yet the project is a viable due to high demand for
Brake fluid: The brake fluid is a liquid concentrate used for the
control of friction and grip through two calipers into the brake linens
or pad. It is the magical fluid that ensures the regulation of the
movement of a vehicle by its occupant (driver).
The bulk of the brake fluid used in Nigeria is imported. The most common
of them is the polygard A1 brake and clutch fluid. There is therefore a
great market potential for local manufacturers as the brake fluid is an
indispensable companion to the motorist and in the transport sector.
Soap detergents: Soap exists as solid (bar or tablet), liquid and
powdered forms. Soap is a form of cleaning agent used for laundry and
domestic utensil, car, etc. In liquids form it is used as lubricating
agent on food drinks machinery. Soap is therefore an essential
commodity, which is universally used in all households. In fact, it is
universally asserted that the amount of soap consumed in a country is a
measure of its level of civilization. Soap therefore is not a luxury,
but a necessity.
Kaolin processing: Kaolin, otherwise known as China Clay, is of
universal industrial and pharmaceutical applications as an industrial
mineral used in manufacturing school chalk, paints, ceramics, paper
asbestors ceiling slates, roofing slates, floor tiles etc. kaolin is
produced in various grades from refining of limestone, carbonates salt
of calcium. The quality determines the price of the grade produced. A
recent industrial survey confirms the viability of kaolin processing as
the raw materials which raw materials is available in commercial
quantity in many states including Abuja, Edo, Oyo, Ondo and Osun state
as well as some Eastern state. The major raw materials require include
kaolin ore, which is evenly spread across the country.
Foam production: The usage of foam is wide e.g. It is used to
produce chairs materials on beds, pillows underlay, foam for carpets,
cars motor cycle seats etc. Even though it is easy to produce this
product there is still scarcity of high quality foam in our markets. To
produce, add Polyol, Silicon oil, stannous octate, D.M.E.A colour, water
and methyline together in a mixer and mix thoroughly. When it is
thorough enough and you are ready to through it into a mould add T.D.I
mix and quickly throw into the mould, it will rise to a big form. Then
take it to slicer and cutter and cut it to the desired sizes. For pillow
production, it will be sent to the shedding machine and packaged into
bags and stitched.
Caustic soda production: Caustic soda or sodium hydroxide is
perhaps the most important alkali. It is one of the basic chemical
products produced and utilized in large quantities; enjoy extensive
usage in the manufacture of chemicals, cellulose film rayon dyes,
cleaners, pulp and paper etc. The production process involves brine
production, purification and electrolysis
Coconut processing: Coconut cultivation is predominantly done in
the coastal regions of River, Delta, Edo, Lagos and Ondo States Coconut
produced in all parts of the Country are consumed locally. Nigeria is
not an exporter of coconut. The oil extracted can be used as for
cooking, as butter fat, production of skimmed milk, etc hydrogen fats
are use in the production of baker’s margarine, vegetable lard etc
Further uses in the industry are the making of laundry and toilet soaps,
in paints production; manufacture of vanishes, in the cosmetics industry
as hair oil and for the preparation of shampoo.
Producing pepper for export: Nigeria is known to be one of the
major producers of pepper in the world. The implication of this is that
we have the good weather that can readily support the growth and
production of pepper in Nigeria. Other producing nations are china,
Thailand Cote de voir, Serria Leone , Ghana, Sudan, Kenya and Mexico.
Investing in pepper production is one of the ways of sourcing for
foreign exchange. The demand for pepper for export cannot be
over-emphasized because of the various uses to which it can be put .
Pepper is a food spice and it is also medicinal. Nigeria pepper in
particular is high in demand.
Produce brewer’s malt from sorghum:Sorghum, otherwise known as
guinea corn is widely grown in almost all parts of the Country. The
discovery of sorghum as a perfect replacement for barley in the
production of non-alcoholic drink was a major breakthrough, which a
prospective investor can benefit from. Most of the breweries require an
auxiliary or a support company that will process and supply them these
malt drink ingredients thereby saving them need to create a separate
plant for its processing.
Tomato paste production: Tomato is regarded as a fruit in some
quarters and as a vegetable in some other places, but whichever way you
may see it, tomato is a highly nutritious food ingredient used in many
food preparation processes in many African dishes. Tomatoes are
virtually used by almost every tribe in Nigeria. However since tin
tomatoes do not come in large packs, it cannot meet the needs of the
large size market consumers; like tomatoes for preparing meals for big
occasion, for big restaurants, this is a very huge market. The imported
tin tomatoes are insufficient to meet the domestic consumption,
Bottled water business: Bottled water is extremely popular these
days. That is why starting up a home-based bottled water business may
prove to be a lucrative venture. Purchase all the necessary equipment
and designate a room in your house for this project. Start small and
just work your way up as your bottled water business clientele grows.
Carbonpaper: Carbon paper is an inexpensive reprographic device used
to make a single copy concurrently with the original, as in credit card
transaction receipts, legal documents, manuscripts, letters, and other
simple forms. The key ingredient in carbon paper is carbon black.
Making sense of scents: The procedure for making perfume or
cologne is very simple; all of the artistry and creativity lies in first
creating the scents. There are many ways of making perfumes this will
truly depend on the taste of the one developing it. The empty bottles
are available in different sizes. Fix your prices and start making money
Super glue: Glue is a gelatinous adhesive substance used to form
a surface attachment between discrete materials. Currently, there are
five basic types of glue. Solvent glues comprise an adhesive base mixed
with a chemical solvent that makes the glue spreadable; the glue dries
as the solvent evaporates. Most solvents are flammable, and they
evaporate quickly; toluene, a liquid hydrocarbon made from fossil fuels,
is often used. Included in this category are glues sold as liquid
solders and so-called contact cements.
Soft drinks: Soft drinks are enormously popular beverages
consisting primarily of carbonated water, sugar, and flavorings. Raw
Materials; Carbonated water constitutes up to 94% of a soft drink.
Carbon dioxide adds that special sparkle and bites to the beverage and
also acts as a mild preservative. Carbon dioxide is an uniquely suitable
gas for soft drinks because it is inert, non-toxic, and relatively
inexpensive and easy to liquefy. The second main ingredient is sugar,
which makes up 7-12% of a soft drink.
Bed sheet: A bed sheet is a flat-woven textile that is used on a
bed between the occupant of a bed and the warm blanket above. It is
generally a rectangle of broad loomed fabric, meaning it is made without
a center seam. The bed sheet may be made of a variety of fibers,
including linen, cotton, synthetics (often blended with natural fibers
such as cotton) and occasionally silk. If well packaged can be sold for
between N2,000 to N10,000 depending on the sizes and the fabrics you are
Setting Up Fruit Juice Production and Packaging Plant: A cursory
look at Nigeria fruit juice market between December 2003 and January
2004, one can run into conclusion that the number of imported brands of
fruit juice is gradually reducing in number. The study revealed that the
federal government is very serious in the enforcement its policy on
banning of imported fruit juice in Nigeria. The entire machines can be
sourced locally. The advantage in setting up this plant is that the
promoter would be able to be in production throughout the year using
different types of fruits in the season for production. The promoter is
therefore sure of applying any type of fruit throughout the whole year.
Hair dye: Hair dye is one of the oldest known beauty
preparations, and was used by ancient cultures in many parts of the
world. Most commercial hair dye formulas are complex, with dozens of
ingredients, and the formulas differ considerably from manufacturer to
manufacturer. Hair dyes are usually packaged with a developer, which is
in a separate bottle. The developer is most often based on hydrogen
peroxide, with the addition of small amounts of other chemicals
depending on the manufacturer.
Production of ice-cream: Today, ice cream is made from a blend of
dairy products (cream, condensed milk, butterfat), sugar, flavorings.
Ice cream flavors have come a long way from the standard vanilla,
strawberry, and chocolate.
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