If you are, or want to be, involved
in any facet of the manufacture or sale of baby diapers, sanitary napkins,
adult incontinence or similar absorbent products, please read through
our pages and contact our Consultant, Philip Hardy, by phone,
fax or e-mail.
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Absorbent Disposable Products
Diapers, Adult Diapers, Shaped Pads
Napkins, Panty Shields
you are an entrepreneur or a manufacturer of other products and
have seen an opportunity in your country for the production and
sale of diapers, sanitary napkins or underpads - I can ensure your
am not trying to sell you a particular product or machine - my only
aim is to help you to set up a successful and profitable manufacturing
with the testing and analysis of the disposable products supplied
in your local market and providing spreadsheets clearly indicating
the costs and profitability of your proposed venture. Includes a full
description and training in the materials and features of the particular
If you have laready
decided to enter the industry, we will start with the testing and
analysis of the products supplied in your local market and develop
a product specification to suit your market. From this and with your
input on investment levels, we will provide you with the best possible
machine specification. Manufacturers will be specified and contact
names provided for you to contact with this detailed machine specification.
We will then analyse the responses and give you a detailed comparison
of the offers made.
If you have purchased
or ordered the machine and need assistance in the purchase of raw
materials, we will assist in material specification and sourcing of
the materials.We can also assist in the training of your production
and management staff so that you start efficiently and effectively.
Information Below is some information
on the industry that will help you to understand the scale of investment
required for a manufacturing plant. After reading it, please go to
the Feasibility Study section where I describe
exactly how you can achieve a complete and accurate understanding
of the potential profits of diaper, napkin, panty-shield or underpad
offer all of the specialist knowledge needed to produce a financial
feasibility of your factory set-up. The local information will be supplied
by you, but with our assistance, see 'Client Input' column
All other information will be supplied by us, see the 'DCS Input'
column below. This is not the re-use of standard data; I will work with
you to develop your particular requirements in both product and machine
The process will be carried out in a step by step manner. On receipt
of your enquiry, I will send you an input form on which I will request
the main parameters such as product quality, machine output and maximum
investment level. Before proceeding with the study, please read all
of the information in the above sections. There is no point in proceeding
to a study if the machine costs shown or the production levels are outside
I will then process your information using our knowledge of the machines,
materials and manufacturing requirements. I will seek quotations for
the machine specification that is most suitable for your needs. If you
then decide to proceed with the project on the basis of the profit predictions,
then all of the major factors required for the formation of the new
company will already be known.
1) You will receive a fully priced Product
Recipe showing the cost of a typical product in spreadsheet format,
so that material prices and overhead can be varied as you wish. I can
supply tables for one or all of the sizes required.
2) You will receive the estimate of the total fixed and variable overheads
in spreadsheet format. Overheads.
3) You will receive a spreadsheet clearly illustrating the viability
of your project based on the product and the machinery. This model will
allow you to vary your inputs and sales levels to quickly visualise
how your scheme will work with different costs and/or sales levels.
The main key output being the real cost of the disposable product including
all overheads which you can subtract from your target selling price
to calculate your net profit margin.
will receive a full report summarising the assumptions made in the study
and our recommendations for product, machine and factory set-up.
Please contact me if you
wish to avail of this feasibility study, I will then discuss the process
with you and submit a detailed proposal. Mail
After a one or two week
period working with me on the details of this report, I guarantee that
you will end up with a clear and concise understanding of the real margins
that will be available for your local operation. If you are not happy
with the service, I will refund your money. The entire study period
should take no more than 3 to 4 weeks, depending on the speed with which
all of the local and supplier information can be gathered.
The fee for this study is minimised since our target is to work with
you on the company set-up, should it proceed. However, there is no obligation
on your part to continue to use our services after the study has been
All high speed disposables machines are purpose-made to suit exact
client requirements. They vary greatly in price based on the following
The following tables give approximate minimum
costs of typical baby diaper and sanitary napkin machines. These should
be treated only as guidelines since there are many different manufacturers
in Americas, Asia and Europe that offer different levels of machinery
and after-sales support.
It is important to note that, when choosing a machine
manufacturer, you are choosing a business partner for a minimum of 7
to 10 years, so price should not be the only factor that you consider.
This is where my expert assistance is key to the future success of your
venture. Please contact me to discuss how I can assist in machine selection
and technical support. Contact
are home-based machines on sale with extremely low
outputs. I do not show or list these machines since I do not feel that
their product can compete against that of the automatic machines shown
below. I feel that their use should only be considered when there is
no possibility of outside competition being introduced to a small local
market and labour rates are extremely low.
speed 500-600 dpm
Speed - 500ppm
speed - 800ppm
speed - >1500ppm
There is a market in second-hand manufacturing
machinery. However, there is more risk involved in the purchase of such
a machine directly from the vendor. I would always recommend purchasing
from a machine manufacturer or reputable machine modifier who will give
some guarantee of performance and provide training for your machine
As part of my service when comparing new and second hand machines,
I will check what is available in this market.
This is a baby diaper machine from Asia. The photograph
shows the main working area of the machine from formation of the
absorbent core to the final bi-fold of the finished diaper.
In production, a fluff pulp mill will be positioned at the right
hand end of the machine and normally a counter/stacker will be
at the left hand end to count the diapers and align them before
they are pushed into the manually held bag or into the automatic
This is basically a larger version
of the baby diaper machine. In some cases the material feeds are
brought at right angles to the machine as can be seen in this
Sanitary Napkin Machine
Sanitary napkin Machines can be designed to
run with fluff pulp or airlaid absorbent core. It is also possible
to have tri-fold option as well as straight product.
A machine can also be designed to run panty
shields, but change-over times between products tend to make
*As part of our Feasibility Studyservice
I list the overall dimensions of machines as well as production and
storage areas required. Also all other ancillary machinery that you
will need such as stacker, packaging machines,air compressors, dryers
adn generators* Feasibility Study
is a typical recipe for a baby diaper. In this case it is a Maxi or
Large size, the best selling size worldwide.
manufacturer has estimated in this example that he averages 4% waste
for the diaper raw materials and 2% for the packaging. Company operating
procedures must be set up clearly at the outset to ensure that these
waste levels are accurately monitored and controlled. This is one of
the key factors in success or failure in the industry.
will assist you by creating these detailed recipes for your product.
I will provide the material costs adjusted for your geographical area
and size of production unit.
In order to operate your new manufacturing
company profitably, you should aim to fill at least one full shift of
production on your proposed machine. The following example will show
what production level you can expect from these machines.
The efficiency is normally assumed to be circa 70% of available production.
This can be exceeded if size changeovers are minimised and operators
are well trained.
At the start of manufacture with untrained staff or with more basic
machines an approximate efficiency of 60% should be assumed.
Baby Diaper example-
diaper machine producing 250 diapers per minute - 4 sizes Guideline 70% efficiency for working
Assuming 8 hour shift with 30 minute break = 7.5 hours working.
Daily production = 250 x 7.5 x 60 x 70% = 78,750 per day.
Annual production = 240 x 78,750 = 18.9 million diapers per year
for one shift.
(Assuming 5 day working week and 4 weeks holiday shut-down per
the study shows that the project is feasible and you wish to proceed
with the factory set-up, the next stages of the process can be outlined
Machine selection is the most crucial decision in the process since
the machine manufacturer will by your key 'partner' in the enterprise
for the first 7 to 10 years. A reliable machine and a good customer
support from the machine manufacturer form the backbone of a successful
manufacturing company. I strongly advise that you use my expertise during
selection. I can draw up the required specifications, send out the enquiries
and advise you in all negotiations.
2) Factory preparation I can advise you on the general areas required for production
and storage. After selection of your premises, I can assist in final
machine and production layout.
The size of the power and compressed air supplies will be defined by
the machine manufacturer. If preferred, I can offer a turnkey contract
where I will install all machinery and hand-over the machine in running
Raw Material sourcing I can assist you in the sourcing of all raw materials from
vendors around the world. I have a database of suppliers and prices
that will be used to ensure that you get the best quality and the best
4) Staff recruitment I can provide a full specification of number and types of personnel
to be hired at start-up. I can assist with the training of operators
I can also provide some expert staff to assist in start-up and machine
operation until local staff are fully trained.
5) Production and Quality systems I can provide you with all of the Production and Quality systems
that you will require to control and monitor the flow of materials and
can provide all or part of the items above. After your feasibility
there is no obligation for you to continue with my services, but I
hope that we will reach agreement
I can further assist you