It’s not an exaggeration to state that school chalk production is one of the most lucrative business in Nigeria. This is because of the ever increasing numbers of public and private schools. Primary and secondary schools, as well as universities and polytechnics springing up all over the country. All the classrooms in all the schools in the country make use of chalks on daily basis and these chalks has to be produced.
The average number of schools per street in most parts of the urban areas is 2. Almost all the schools make use of chalk on a daily basis. This means there is a serious investment opportunity in school chalk production in Nigeria.
If you have thought of this business as a possible goldmine, then your thinking is as good as mine. Do you know you can be making more than N100,000 monthly producing just on a small scale? Do you know that the demands for chalks has been on increase for the past 10years?
Various researches has proven that there is serious need for this product in the market, and you can be part of it.
Here are some facts: Schools must buy chalk on daily basis. The numbers of schools in the country are on the increase and will continue to increase. The market is never saturated and you have nothing to fear. There are constant demand for school chalk in the market and so much that you can’t run out of business.
These has created a very big investment opportunity to individuals who wants to venture into small scale school chalk production business. Please give it a second thought and follow this tutorial.
How to Start The Business
Starting this business doesn’t require huge investment. In fact, you can start chalk production in your small room or within your compound. You don’t have to build a factory or buy huge machine equipment.
A chalk molding machine, packaging materials like polythene bags, branded cartoons, and two personnel. One for production and one for packaging, these are all you need to get started right away!
The Chalk production process itself is very simple and straight forward, everybody can do it successfully without any supervision, for this reason chalk production has been incorporated into the curriculum of almost every skills and acquisition centers all over Nigeria.
The major equipment you will need for chalk production is the chalk mold which is primary use for making the chalk to give it the characteristic shape, size and length.
Materials Needed for School Chalk Production
The main chemical components for making chalk is a calcium carbonate a form of limestone, when it is mixed with water it forms a quick hardening paste. it is used in the art for sculpting and making casts, and for the medical use, it is used for making casts around a broken limbs.
Lubricants is another material for chalk production you can use vegetable oil or coconut oil mixed with kerosene it is used for lubricating the chalk mold to prevent the POP from sticking to it
Clean Water is very important in chalk production it is used to mix the ingredients together.
Ultramarine blue (optional) ultramarine is used to darken the mixtures if you are making colours, but if you are producing a white chalk you don’t need an ultramarine blue.
Machinery And Equipment Needed
Chalk Mold: This is the major equipment used for chalk Production it is either rubber or metal but it is usually with a wooden frame, but are chalk made of metal. The mold differ depending of the numbers of hole they have, some could have up to 240 holes or more.
Scrapper: Scrapper is used for scrapping the surface of the chalk mold
Paint Brush: Paint Brush is used to apply lubricants on the mold before filling it up with POP
Dryer: Dryer is used to dry the chalk after it as been removed from the mold, the dryer is electrically operated and is mostly used in large scale production, but for small scale production using the sun is perfectly okay to save cost.
Hand Glove: Hand glove is used for protecting the hands during the mixture of water and POP
Packaging Materials: Packaging Materials is the nylon and branded cartoons and box needed.
School Chalk Production Process
The process of producing school chalk is very simple and anyone can follow it. This process is ideal for small scale school chalk production business. You can set this up at home, within your backyard and be in business.
Pour some POP into a bucket add water then use your hand to mix it until it forms a paste.
Use the paint brush to lubricate the surface of the chalk mould properly. You can use cooking oil as lubricant, and together lubricate the POP, the stick, and the mold.
Arrange the mold then turn the pasty mixture into the mold and allow it for 15- 20mins to solidify before loosening the mold.
When you are sure that the mixture is formed, loose the mold and collect the chalk produced for sun drying or through mechanical means.
After sun drying for 2-3 days, pack the chalk into a branded carton packs and your school chalk is ready…
I hope with these few information you will be able to start your own chalk production business and let hear from you.