An entrepreneur can initiate exercise book manufacturing business with moderate capital investment. Exercise book manufacturing with creative colourful covers and glossy lamination give the product attractive looks. You may design the covers at your unit or you can outsource it a raw material.
Exercise book manufacturing process is not complex and does not attract major license or permit issues. it is advisable before starting the business have a business feasibility report and calculate start-up budget. These will help you in sourcing fund and in calculating expected return on investment.
The most attractive part of this project is you can produce several different types of exercise books like notebooks, register, diary, ledger book, address books etc from the same small-scale infrastructure.
Demand and Market Opportunity of Exercise Book Manufacturing
The demand for exercise books is more in the months of June to August in every year. Similarly, registers are essential in every office, institutions, organizations, etc. The size of the exercise books will be decided as per the local market demands. The present demand for the proposed product is estimated at 10,678 tonnes per annum. The demand is expected to reach 24,592 tonnes by the year 2017.
There is increasing demand for exercise books as stationery items in view of rapid growth in institutions and offices of government and commercial establishments. The market is good particularly in tribals areas due to non-availability. You can generate substantial retail sales by establishing distributor network. This product also has a very good opportunity for institutional sales.
According to the Customs Authority of India, the supply of exercise books is mainly met through import, the local production covering only 10% of the total supply. The education sector development through more coverage of the population, the growth in population with the priority to be given to education in this age of knowledge-based economy makes the demand for exercise books ever increasing. The demand for exercise books is made at 8.7% growth rate.
Machinery for Exercise Book Manufacturing
Exercise books manufacturing belongs to the paper converting industry. The most appropriate technology used for the production of these items is called the flexographic printing.
The flexographic manufacturing process involves the following operations.
• Unwinding of paper reel
• Flexographic printing (printing/ruling with two or more colours)
• Cross-cutting with overlapping
• Sheet collecting and counting
• Cover feeding either for pre-printed-or for flexographic printing
• Wire stitching and folding
• Cutting of long edges & trimming
Exercise book manufacturing project can be initiated in two ways; semi-automatic and fully-automatic. To establish a semi-automatic exercise book manufacturing project required machinery are Disc ruling machine, Paper cutting machine, Power operated-Book stitching machine, Book pressing machine, Book binding machine etc.
An On-site training program on exercise book manufacturing can be arranged for key production, maintenance, and quality control/design personnel in consultation with the machinery and technology supplier.