This is a step-by-step guide on how to start a block industry in Ghana.
Block industry in Ghana is without doubt a profitable business that has the capacity to generate consistent income for the owner.
This article is aimed at showing you how to start a block industry in Ghana.
The rapid population growth currently witnessed in Ghana means that towns and cities are on a continuous expansion path.
This expansion has resulted in the need for the building of so many new homes, churches, mosques, shopping centres, offices etc.
This in turn has resulted in the continuous increase in the demand for building blocks.
STEP BY STEP GUIDE ON HOW TO START YOUR CEMENT BLOCK INDUSTRY BUSINESS
1. GET A GOOD LOCATION
A block industry requires quite some space for drying the moulded blocks, housing the machinery and storing your sand and cement.
For a small scale one, a plot of land (100ft X 100ft) will be just fine.
Another thing that you must take note of with respect to location is the availability and proximity to a reliable water source.
Block industries need a sufficient flow of water for production to run smoothly. As much as possible, do not depend on buying water for the operation of your cement industry because this will raise your operating cost by a great amount.
If there is no natural water source around your location, sink a borehole or dig a well as the case may be.
Another important factor to consider when choosing a location for your block industry is the closeness to residential areas. It is not ideal to locate your block industry very close to residential areas because of the noise you would generate.
You should also try to locate it in a place that is accessible because vehicles will constantly need to have access to supply materials or to buy blocks.
You should also ensure that the location is not low lying or waterlogged. This is to prevent your blocks that have been left out to dry from being destroyed by water, especially during the raining season.
2. SECURE A LAND
A 60 x 120 plot of land preferably in a new and developing site is very good, that will be able to accommodate your blocks and other materials. If you can get something bigger, that will be better but a plot is just very OK. You can either buy or rent one, but buying is better!
be affecting your block’s dryness as the humidity wouldn’t allow the block dry properly.
Besides, vehicle may be sinking in a swampy land thereby making your work more difficult. A dry land is my type of recommended property for setting up a Block Industry.
3. REGISTER YOUR BLOCK INDUSTRY
It is important that you register with the government and all other necessary authorities so that you can be fully recognized as a legal entity.
Endeavour to register with the Corporate Agencies else you will not be able to access government loans or bid for any federal, state or local government contracts OR to avoid disturbance/harassment.
4. BUY YOUR EQUIPMENTS
The following equipment and facilities would be needed for a block industry;
- Block Moulding Machine.
- Concrete Mixer.
- Head pans, Shovels, Trowels and other hand tools.
- Storage Shed.
- Wooden Palette.
5. EMPLOY STAFF
For a small scale block factory, you will need at least six staff. You need to find someone who is skilled in operating the block making machine, a mixer operator, while the others will be responsible for activities such as loading blocks onto a vehicle, offloading your block making materials and other manual tasks. As your business expands, you may need to hire extra staff.
With all these in place, your block industry is set and ready to begin operation.
Requirements For Setting Up A Cement Block Industry
2. A Good Site/Location
3. Marketing Strategies
5. Business Registration
We hope that this article has given you a clearer idea of how to start a block industry in Ghana.