Category: Manufacturing Business

Start a Jewellery Manufacturing Business

Jewellery manufacturing is the process of producing jewellery items from precious metals such as gold and silver or cheaper costume jewellery. Business Models Gold jewellery manufacture and wholesale business Goldsmith business Silver jewellery manufacture and wholesale business Costume jewellery manufacture and wholesale business Jewellery making equipment manufacture and wholesale business Jewellery repair equipment rental business.  Tools & Equipment To start your own jewellery manufacturing company, you will have to buy various bench tools (depending on […]

Start a Biochar Business

Biochar is charcoal produced from plant matter and stored in the soil both as a “soil amendment” (improve its physical properties) and as a means of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. So we are talking about a product that helps plants with water retention, permeability, water infiltration, drainage, aeration, structure, and not something you braai with. If you are wondering about the difference between biochar, charcoal, and activated charcoal you can read this. What is […]

Start a Fiberglass Fabrication Business

Fiberglass fabrication is the process of making things from fiberglass. During the fiberglass fabrication process, thin glass fibers are combined using various types of resins to create a product that is lightweight yet durable. This can be operated as an off-the-shelf product business as we have seen with swimming pools, security huts, and retail kiosks but can also be a custom service to manufacture to customer specifications. The simpler small business to start is actually […]

Start an Injection Moulding Business

Injection moulding is a manufacturing process for producing objects by injecting molten material into a mould. This can be done with various types of materials plastic, metal (die casting), glass, rubber and other polymers. This can be used to produce anything from cooldrink bottles to engineering parts and toys. Remember what I said about moulds being a good small business, in that context I was talking about manual moulds, this is even faster as it […]

Should You Start a Manufacturing Business in South Africa?

When you decide that you want to start a manufacturing business the very first question you have to ask yourself in South Africa is “should you manufacture?”. Manufacturing is usually the most labour intensive, capital intensive part of the supply chain.  If there is existing competition whether via local players with economies of scale or Chinese imports that you cannot compete with, then you might be better off going further down the chain such as […]

Start a Coffin Manufacturing Company

A coffin is a funerary box used for viewing or keeping a corpse, either for burial or cremation. A coffin manufacturing business manufactures and sells coffins. Value Proposition / Market Need In many cultures burying people in coffins is an acceptable and dignified way to bury those who have passed on. Business Model / Your Solution The first thing to decide when getting into the coffin business is should you manufacture? Do you have the resources? Even […]

Start a Satin (Hair) Product Business

Today I will be looking at a business that is riding the natural hair trend: satin products aimed at hair. This business manufactures, wholesales or retails satin bonnets, pillowcases, scarves, scrunchies and car headrest covers basically anything that comes into contact with hair. All you need to start this business is a sewing machine and a supplier of satin (of which there are a dime a dozen in SA). You can also buy wholesale from […]

Start an Expanded Polystyrene (Styrofoam) Manufacturing Business

EPS (Expanded Polystyrene), more commonly known by its trademarked name, Styrofoam, is an extremely lightweight product that is made of expanded polystyrene beads. EPS foam is more than 95% air and only about 5% plastic. The most common use for Expanded Polystyrene is as a packaging material which not only secures the goods in the box but also acts as a shock absorber during transport. Start your own business manufacturing and selling Expanded Polystyrene products. […]

Make and Sell Trestle Tables & Desks

Today I will be looking at the manufacture of two similar products that are sold to completely different markets: Trestle table and trestle desks. A trestle table/desk is a table or desk consisting of two or three trestles/trestle support/trestle legs over which a board or tabletop is placed. This is what a common local  trestle table trestle support/trestle legs looks like (R200 from Takealot): They can be classified mainly in two families fixed trestle legs […]

Make & Sell Easy to Assemble Furniture

Self-assembly furniture also known as flatpack furniture is low cost furniture that is sold unassembled but the assembly process is easy enough to be done without special knowledge or tools. Ready-to-assemble furniture, also known as knock-down furniture, flat pack furniture, or kit furniture, is a form of furniture that requires customer assembly. The separate components are packed in cartons which also contain assembly instructions. – Wikipedia Overview of business model This is a business model […]

Start an Ice Making Business

The ice making industry can be lucrative but competitive, here are a few business models to look at and what to potentially avoid. Getting Started Before you even enter this industry you need to figure out your business model: anybody can buy an ice maker, plastic bags and an heat sealer and sell ice from their garage. But will this be a viable strategy? Probably not. Here are a few business models to look at: […]

Start a Laser Cutting, Marking, Etching & Engraving Business

Laser cutting is a technology that uses a laser to cut and mark materials, it used for industrial manufacturing applications and various other applications such as small business, craft and hobby. Laser cutting works by directing the output of a CNC controlled (computer numerical control) high-power laser to cut, mark, engrave or etch the desired image or output. Getting Started To start this business you need a laser cutter or laser cutting machine. These machines […]

Start a Sawmill / Timber Mill Business

A sawmill or timber mill is a facility where logs are cut into timber. Logs refers to the tree after it has been cut down and timber is the logs after it has been cut into a marketable size for reselling. A sawmill cuts tree logs into timber that can be used in furniture, construction and other applications. This business basically makes planks from logs and resells it. Getting Started To start this business you […]

Start a Clay Brick Manufacturing Business

Earlier today we looked at concrete blocks, now we’ll look at the traditional clay brick. Clay bricks are a popular building material used to make walls and other elements in construction. Bricks are produced in numerous classes, types, materials, and sizes. Two basic categories of bricks are fired and non-fired bricks (there is also another type called chemically set). Fired bricks are one of the longest-lasting and strongest building materials. In South Africa the most […]

Start a Сoncrete Block Making Business

Despite difficult economic conditions in our country, the South African construction sector is still growing. There are large buildings and houses being built in many of SA’s large cities. And most will need bricks to build with. In this two part series I will look at making concrete blocks (also known as cinder blocks) and clay bricks. A concrete block business has a lower startup cost, lower margins and more competition, a clay brick business […]

Make and Sell Pet Accessories & Toys

Millions of South Africans own dogs and cats, as well as other pets and many treat them as part of the family, sparing no expense on their upkeep. There the amount of money South African pet owners spend on pet food is around R5 billion per year. There are no statistics for pet accessories and toys, but we can assume that this number can be around R1 billion per year. Business Model There are two types […]

Start a Frozen Food Manufacturing Company

A frozen food manufacturing company makes and sells a range of frozen food that is thawed and cooked by the consumer, the margins are fantastic in this business: some dough with food inside and you have a product, but the challenge is growing it pass the micro business stage. Business Model This is a manufacturing business, where you purchase raw materials, flour, vegetables, meats and turn it into a product that is sold. Products When […]

Start a Phone & Tablet Screen Protector Making Business

A screen protector or screen guard making business makes and sell self-adhesive screen protectors for mobile phones and tablets. Screen protectors protect the screen from scratches as well as from cracks when it falls. A R50 screen protector can save the user thousands in screen replacements costs. It also means if people put a screen protector on their phone from new and sell it after a year or two that screen will look virtually brand […]

Start an Airbrush Tattoo Stencil Business

Airbrush tattoos are temporary tattoos that are sprayed on using a system very similar to the one used for doing airbrush art. Airbrush stencils are used to create airbrush tattoos. Start your own company making and selling stencils to be sold to people making airbrush tattoos. Introduction Temporary airbrush tattoos  involves applying a stencil to the skin of the person being tattooed and using an airbrush to spray the ink onto the stencil and then […]

Start a Generic Perfume Manufacturing Business

A perfume manufacturing company manufactures and sells (usually wholesale) perfumes, probably the most popular type of perfume manufacturing in SA at the moment is selling “generic” versions or perfume “inspired by” leading international brands. This page will cover that; I will cover developing your own scent in future. Getting Started There are two strategies when making perfume, one is to develop and sell a perfume based on a fragrance you developed (by mixing different scents) […]

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