This business idea is for making mosaic terrazzo tiles. Mosaic floor tiles, are made of cement, sand and coloured stone chips. They are sold in attractive colours with a shining smooth surface. They are used extensively in making floors of residential as well as commercial blocks. Mosaic tiles are load bearing, termite proof, impermeable and easy to clean. The business idea aims at production of 3,000 square metres of tiles each month. The revenue potential is estimated at $ 7,920 per month with a sales margin of 10%. The total capital investment for the project is $ 3,300.
The plant would have a minimum capacity of 3,000 square metres of tiles each month. This is on the basis of 300 working days per year and 8-hour single daily work shifts but output can be increased as bigger portions of the market are captured.
Technology and Production Process
The machinery used to produce mosaic terrazzo tiles includes: a Hydraulic pump, a Hydraulic accumulator, a grinding machine, a colour mixing machine, a Semi-polishing machine and tile moulds. The raw materials include: Portland cement, White cement, Marble powder and chips, Black and other colours and Sand and stone chips.
Ratios of cement, coloured stone chips, sand and grey cement are well mixed. The mixture is then pressed and tiles are removed. They are then stacked in wooden racks for a day. The tiles are then soaked in water for 24 hours and cured for two weeks. Finally, the tiles are semi-polished and stacked for sale.
The demand for mosaic terrazzo tiles is high mostly in urban centres especially construction companies. Hardware shops also form a big component of the market for these tiles. All of thesee items are being imported
Scale of Investment
The project can be operated with a fixed capital requirement of 3,300 dollars.
Capital Investments Requirements
Production and operating costs in US $
Direct Materials, Supplies and Costs
Land and shelter can be rented at 13,500 dollars annually.
Project Costs and Price Monthly Revenue
Profitability Analysis table
Sources of Supply of Equipments and Rawmaterials
Raw materials and equipments can be imported from China.
The Government of Uganda has waved off Taxes on Building and Construction Industry.