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30/05/2018

MAKING PAINT BRUSHES AND BRISTLE BRUSHES BUSINESS IN UGANDA

Introduction

There are many types of paint brushes where by some are made from stiff or soft hairs, which be either natural hairs or synthetic fibres. Soft brushes are ideal for thin paint which spreads easily and for detailed work as they form a sharp point which allows for precision painting.

However on the other hand, Bristle Brushes are superbly hand crafted out of the finest quality pure white Chungking bristle hair.

Plant Capacity

The profiled project envisages production of 100 brushes a day. The revenue potential is estimated at US$124,800 annually; the total capital investment for the project is US$ 2,772.The net profit margin for this idea is 54% and a payback period of 3 months.

Production Process

Raw fibres, bristles or hair are opened and separated in a spiking machine. They are then dressed and bundled according to their thickness and lengths. MS sheets are cut using a shearing machine and pressed to make ferrules. Ferrules are filled with bristles and dipped in vulcanizing rubber solution from the bottom side to properly soak the roots of the bristles. Wooden handles are placed in an electric hot air baking oven to ensure proper setting of the bristles under controlled temperature after fixing ferrules, the handle is nailed. The brushes are finally inspected and packed.

Capital Investment Requirements

Capital Investment Item Units Qty @ Amount
Wood working circular saws No 2 38 76
Foot operated guillotine No 1 1,376 1376
Drying ovens No 1 689 689
Shearing machine No 1 380 380
Bristles spiking machines No 1 251 251
Total       2,772

Production and Operation costs

General costs (Overheads)

Cost Item Units @/ day Qty/ day Prod. Cost/ day Prod. Cost/ month Prod Cost/ Year
Direct costs            
Bristles Sticks 0.19 100 19 494 5,928
Handles Pieces 0.4 100 40 1040 12,480
MC Sheets Sheets 0.28 50 14 364 4,368
Wire nails No 0.07 200 14 364 4,368
Peal Pins No 0.1 200 20 520 6,240
Vulcanizing Solution Litres 0.26 50 13 338 4,056
Sub-total         3,120 37,440
Labour 400 4,800
Utilities 500 6,000
Selling and Distribution 150 1,800
Administrative expenses 200 2,400
Shelter 400 4,800
Depreciation (Asset write off) Expenses 58 693
Sub-total 1,708 20,493
Total Operating Costs 4,828 57,933
  1. Production is assumed for 312 days per year.
  2. Depreciation assumes 4 year life of assets written off at 25% per year for all assets.
  3. A production Month is assumed to have 26 work days.

Project Product costs and Price Structure

Item Qty / day Qty/ yr @ Pdn/ yr UPx T/ revenue
Brushes 100 31,200 2 57,933 4 124,800

Profitability Analysis Table

Profitability Item Per day Per Month Per Year
Revenue 400 10,400 124,800
Less: Production and Operating Costs 186 4,828 57,933
Profit 214 5,572 66,867

Market Analysis

Paint brushes and natural bristle fibre brushes are used in every house in rural and urban areas. It is a cost effective technology and has good market potential in rural and urban sectors.

Sources of Supply of machine

All equipments and raw materials are imported.

 






 
 

 

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