How to decide what should be the capacity of your mineral water plant
Well , this is very very important as your investment will mainly depend on this particular factor. Now let’s discuss how can one calculate the capacity.
It depends upon the following factors mainly :-
Market Demand in your area
Study the market. Best way is to visit all the people who sell bottled water. Visit the wholesale distributors first. Tell them you are coming out with a new brand.
Ask them questions like :-
1. How much you order from others?
2. How much do they offer you the crate at? [24 bottle 1 crate]
3. How much is the demand in peak season?
4. How much in rainy season?
5. How much in cold months?
I know it’s not very easy to get answers from him straight a way, but that’s what marketing is all about. You have to make relationships, developing them and even learning to accept “NO”s as well.
How to Find out wholesale distributors?
Well, there is no “Book” available here. But just apply your common sense. I will tell you a trick. Just visit 3-4 shops/hotels selling bottled water/ cold drinks in your area. If you have friends with him, he will not hesitate to tell you right away. Best way, to tell him your intentions straight away. Then he will tell you the distributors.
There may be distributors, sub distributors and local agents also. Study the chain. This will not only help you to get demand, but also the marketing channel. It will be a great input.
I will distract you a little here. I suggest you also make friendship with the actual Salesmen who come to the shops. They will be interested to develop new “customers”. Ask them in this perspective.
Now, arrive at your Product Mix
At this point , you will be having these things with you :-
1. Who are the wholesalers
2. Who are the retailers
3. Salesmen selling these
4. How much Volume they sell
5. What do they sell-bottles, jars, pouches
6. Seasonal consumptions
Then , Consider your Budget & Available Resources
Yes, this is very very important. Everything may be okay, but you , as an entrepreneur may have your own kind of attitude. Some people prefer to start everything in a big way or some may prefer the smart small- grow slow method.
But all in all, let’s freeze at some point :
you will land at some point where you will decide something like :-
Producing 10,000 Bottles per day , 500 Jars & 50,000 Pouches etc.
Let’s Calculate how much will be the mineral water plant size in such a case.
• 10,000 Bottles of 1 Ltr means 10,000 Ltrs
• 500 Jars of 20 Ltrs means 10,000 Ltrs again
• 50,000 pouches of 200 ml means 10,000 Ltrs again
Hence , total requirement : 30,000 Ltrs for 8 Hours shift.
Now, in all average conditions, the treatment plant [RO] filters out 70 % of the raw water. Hence to produce 30,000 ltrs of pure water, you will need approximately 50,000 Ltrs per day water supply. [8 hours]
Now this becomes condition no.1
Now the other things,
How to specify the plant & machinery :-
30,000 Ltrs per 8 hours means approximately 4,000 Ltrs per hour.
• So, your water treatment plant should be of 4000 LPH or 4m3 [ 4 em-cube ] capacity
10,000 Bottles per 8 Hours means approximately 1300 Bottles per hour. When you specify a Filling Machine, It is specified in terms of “Bottles per Minute” [BPM]. Hence a 24 BPM Machine will be perfect for you. But, the minimum feasible automatic machine available is 30 BPM.
• So, your Filling Machine should be of 30 BPM Capacity
Same will be the capacity needed for a Blowing Machine. But they are available in Semi & Fully Automatic types. If you prefer a 4 Cavity Auto Drop Blowing Machine, It will give you around 1100-1200 Bottles per hour. This will be quite okay.
• So, The Blowing Machine will be 4-Cavity Semi Automatic
The accessories for the blowing machine will be :-
1. High Pressure air compressor – 20 HP
2. Chiller for Mould – 2 TR
3. Preform Heater
4. Moisture Seperator
Jars 20 Ltr, 500/8 per hour, that comes to 70 Jars per hour. Manually, this is quite okay. So you can just go for a Bottle Brushing Unit.
• So, For Jars, a simple Bottle Brushing-Rinsing Machine is Okay
Pouches, as the investment is pretty low, and automatic filling is the best way, better to go for automatic pouch Filler
• So, for pouches go for automatic Pouch Filling Machine
To sum up, we have concluded the plant capacity will be :-
4000 LPH RO Plant
30 BPM Filling Machine
4 Cavity Semi Auto Blowing Machine
Jar Brushing Machine – Simple Type
Automatic Pouch Packing Machine
This is how you can calculate your plant capacity. However, you can take help from the turnkey plant mineral water plant suppliers anytime.