Here are some of the
more frequent questions that I have been asked about the manufacture
of diapers and napkins. I have been as accurate as possible with our
responses, but some of the questions depend on so many variables that
I have provided guidelines ranges only.
How much do Diaper and Napkin
How should I source diapers to import to
What production efficiency
should I expect from a Baby Diaper machine?
What size of factory is required for Diaper and Sanitary Napkin manufacturing?
Where do I source the raw materials?
How do we decide the most cost effective product for our market?
Where would I find more general information about Disposable Baby Diapers
and their history?
What are the main material
components of diapers and napkins?
How much do Diaper and Sanitary Napkin machines
a huge range of pricing for both of these types of machines, depending
on the product structure, product features, machine speed and machine
range of prices for European or US diaper machines would be
from $2,000,000 to $6,000,000 - you can pay more. Chinese machines
cost from $120,000 to $1,800,000.
European and US machines are often available, and would range from $300,000
napkin machines range from $80,000 to $1,200,000. The lower priced
being slow and inflexible machines producing a simple napkin. The
lowest priced European machines cost circa $400,000.
also manual diaper machines available at costs below $20,000, but
high labour input and produce very few diapers that will be at a low
quality level. Not recommended
ensure that you have checked the potential profitability of such
a machine with me before purchasing.
How should I source diapers or sanitary
napkins to import to my market
Diapers and napkins are available from manufacturers
all over the world. The specifications and quality of manufacture
vary greatly. It is important to have a clear view of the product that
you feel will be successful in your market before going out for quotations.
Please contact me if you would like me to assist in market and product
analysis, product specification and sourcing.
What production efficiency should I expect from
a baby diaper machine?
The industry average would be an efficiency of 70%
to 85%, with a waste figure of between 1% and 6%. There will also
of seconds, whose quantity will vary greatly depending on the machine
tuning, the pack size and the skill of the operators. Figures between
10% are common.
What factory area is required for a napkin
or diaper machine?
of napkin machines varies greatly, some of the more compact models
less than 8 metres long. An average length of machine of 15metres would
be a good guideline. The common diaper machine varies from 30
40 metres long.
to the decision on space is the storage area required for
the finished product and raw materials. The finished goods are
bulky and normally
occupy at least 2/3rds of the final factory area. An overall area of
1500sq metres is a good starting point for a single machine
unit on a single shift.
Where do I source the raw materials?
This is a truly international industry, with Raw Materials
sourced all over the world. A good place to meet the suppliers
is at the Nonwoven Exhibitions which are held annually in three different
parts of the world.
The last European exhibition, Index, was held in 2011. The Asian exhibition,
ANEX, will be held in Seoul in June 2012 and the US version, the
IDEA exhibition, will be held in Miami, Florida in 2013.
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How do we decide the most cost effective diapers
or napkins for our market?
The best method is for you to send us samples of all
of the main diaper brands that are selling on your market. We will
out an analysis of each brand so that we can evaluate the
production cost of each diaper. When this information is combined
prices in your market, it will becomeclear what quality and cost
of diaper will be the most successful and competitive.
Where would I find more general information about
Disposable Baby Diapers and their history
There are many branded sites available, such as those
for Pampers and Huggies.
Websites and magazines that often report on issues related
to disposable products and their raw materials are :
Nonwovens Industry : www.nonwovens-industry.com
What are the main material components of diapers
|The main components of
the absorbent core are:
||Fluff Pulp - cellulose wood
||Superabsorbent Polymer (SAP)- acrylic polymer
||Tissue or nonwoven layer wrap - cellulose
or polypropylene fibres
|The main components of the envelope
||Porous nonwoven cover (hydrophilic)
||Impervious nonwoven leg cuff (hydrophobic)
||Polyethylene or laminated back sheet
||Hot melt adhesives to bond components
||Plastic frontal and side tapes (diaper)
||Synthetic or rubber elastics (diaper)
||Elastic waist band (diaper)
|Acquisition/distribution layer(surge layer)
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