Manufacturing Business Process

While manufacturing is often associated with large-scale production, it can also mean a simple business run by a work-at-home mom. True, they have different operational needs, but the basic principles applicable to every business remain true for them, regardless of size.

Find out the common issues they face as they try to remain profitable.

Manufacturing is one of the main pillars that support the continued existence of our civilization. Every item we use and almost all of the food we eat are products of a manufacturing process. And many of us are employed in the manufacturing industry. As applied to industries, manufacturing means the use of equipment, raw materials and manpower to produce goods on a large scale for use as intermediate product or direct selling to end users or consumers. While the most common picture of a manufacturing operation is a large scale operation like tobacco product manufacturing, manufacturing can also be as simple as a home based tortilla making business.

The Quest Towards Profitability

While capital and management needs for manufacturers of different sizes differ, the basic principles applicable to every business remain true for manufacturing processes both large and small. The common challenge for any manufacturer is to find a way of producing as many items at the lowest cost possible to ensure maximum profitability, which is what sustains the continued operation of any business.

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Economies of Scale

Large-scale operations benefit from economies of scale. By buying raw materials in bulk, a business could get contracts for a lower price, reducing the cost of material per unit of goods produced. Expanding the scale of one’s operation has the same result – lower cost of production for each product made. Economies of scale can also be obtained in the area of marketing. The more products are sold, the wider the range at which advertising cost can be spread over.

Technology and Competition

Having lower cost of production is an edge against competitors, particularly for a business that produces goods whose price factors much on their appeal to customers. Competition in this category of goods has the effect of lowering the price of the merchandise. In general, competition can also drive innovation, and encourage efficiency resulting to newer products that are better and more diverse.

For any business, it is a constant challenge to capture a part of the market, and keep or increase that share relative to competitors. Many factors can lead to the failure of a business; one of these is failing to keep up with technology. As computers make researches easier to conduct, technology is now advancing more rapidly than before. This is particularly true for sectors like Communications Equipment Manufacturing, Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing, and Chemical Manufacturing Business. A business needs to keep up with these developments in order to survive. Investing in researches may be expensive, but it will pay off in terms of keeping the business abreast with competition.

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  • Guest said on April 5, 2009
    i want to start a new business in united arab emirates. Either it is a manufacturing or service industry. Can you share some innovative business ideas to start here?
  • Mohammed Sirajudeen said on April 10, 2009
    I am an Electronics and Communication Engineer....
    I would like to start an industry in South India...
    Give me some suggestions...
  • pandiyarajan said on April 24, 2009
    hi i am Electrical engineer, i have experience in power sector field. i want to start new business in india cost around 5 lakhs. please furnish some ideas regarding.
  • kalpamori said on April 27, 2009
    hi, i am an electronics and communication engineer and right now i am doing my mba in marketing and hr areas. please suggest me the business ideas as i have no experience.
  • shridhar sharma said on May 7, 2009
    hi.. i am electronics and telecommunication engineer. right now i am doing mba in finance and system. i want to do business in manufacturing sector. please suggest me some innovative ideas.
  • Shreyas Patel said on June 6, 2009
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  • M.HARUN said on September 4, 2009
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  • R.sunil said on September 8, 2009
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  • k.modupi said on September 10, 2009
    I want to start plastic products manufacturing company here therefore help with ideas on how set up the project including even machinery required. these products include chairs, cups and containers
  • Ann said on September 17, 2009
    how to know the steps in setting up an iodated salt manufacturing company and the processes of manufacturing iodated salt.
  • Priyank said on September 19, 2009
    i want to start a solar water heater, solar lights etc manufacturing business. please give me the details for this
  • aamer said on October 26, 2009
    i want to start paper manufacturing business pls guide me what do i need to do so, like machinery material etc and cost to start
  • Md.Masud-ur-Rahman said on November 13, 2009
    i also want to do some manufacturing business with water heater and lights in Bangladesh. need more tips on starting such plants
  • prateek shivhare said on December 16, 2009
    i want to start a spices and other related edible items manufacturing unit in jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh) or in nearby areas....please give me some ideas and suggestion for starting this kind of business...i got this idea from my father who is a business man and doing well in retailing business of all general items....please help me....
  • Rishi Chaurasiya said on December 27, 2009
    I would like to open a Pharma manufacturing plant in Madhya Pradesh, please advice what all documents and other information required.
  • Alok agrawal said on January 16, 2010
    Sir i am thinking to start a spices small scale manufacturing unit so please guide me with details, orissa. Kalahandi
  • Abdul Rab said on January 21, 2010
    I've been thinking a lot about starting a sole trader garments manufacturing business at Sylhet region in Bangladesh. But would really appreciate any advice prior to being committed to the project. I'm also thinking about exports to europe as I believe there is a potential market out here. I would appreciate it if you would advice me on how to proceed(from A-Z please eg.capital, workforce etc). Thank You
  • pappugupta said on January 28, 2010
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  • Milan Kumar Paul said on January 28, 2010
    I would like to start a small scale electrical cable manufacturing unit in Dhaka, Bangladesh, so please guide ma with details.
  • Dilshod Mirzaev said on February 2, 2010
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  • Ajay Anandrao Jadhav said on February 3, 2010
    I am a Mechanical Engineer. I want to start my business with CNC machine or Lathe machine. I like to do business in Maharashtra(Mumbai). Please give me some suggestion and contact of companies which give me job to do.
  • vivek said on February 3, 2010
    i want to start new innovative manufacturing business in kerala. so kindly suggest some ideas
  • Govardhan Reddy Banswada said on February 7, 2010
    I would like to start paper manufacturing business please give the full information about the machinery and the project cost. kindly, B.G.REDDY
  • rutvik mehta said on February 8, 2010
    we are manufacturers of control panel accessories. i want a distributor for indian domain and rest of the world. if any one is interested in starting business it would be a good opportunity for them.
  • Deepak Sharma said on February 10, 2010
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  • anand said on February 12, 2010
    hi i want to start a manufacturing business so can anybody advise me which business should i start i'm interested in starting this biz in my home town lucknow
  • quinton said on February 19, 2010
    Needs to know more manufacturing businesses .
  • Praveen V Kalmath said on March 21, 2010
    Hello, I am a Mechanical engineer want to start a business of design and manufacturing of Automation systems for Autoparts manufacturing firms. I with two more engineers are having strong experience in Design and manufacturing of CNC machinaries (Special purpose). Please give me the tips for the basic requirements needed for the start-up. Kindly suggest any government policies that are helpful for the Business. Thank you.
  • sagar. jadhav said on March 21, 2010
    hello sir/madam i am MBA final year student and in search of new small business upto 7-8 lakhs mostly in food or health care sector. belgaum(karnataka). or if u have good ideas regarding service sector let me know.
  • nitin Suryaavnshi said on March 26, 2010
    Hello, I am electronics engineer i want t start a manufacturing or process business in rural area i have infrastructure like as a land electricity water etc if u have any good idea regarding this plan. please let me know
  • Archana Mane said on March 27, 2010
    Hi, I want to start a business-either in Food Processing or pharmaceutical sector. Can you please suggest me how to proceed. I would like to know the minimum investment needed to start this in Maharashtra. Also please tell the legal requirements for the same.
  • Vicky said on March 27, 2010
    Hello I am a Mechanical Engineer with MTech in Manufacturing and now i would like to start my own business with CNC and Lathe Machines so that i can supply products to automobile or other companies. Could you guide me about the basic requirements needed to start-up the plant ex cost etc..? I would like to start this business in Bhiwadi (Rajasthan) Near Gurgaon. Kindly suggest any government policies that are helpful for the business. Thanks a lot.
  • vijay said on March 27, 2010
    Hello I would like to start a food processing business especially for soft drinks. Could you guide me about the process and cost of the project. I want to start it in Gurgaon (Haryana). please tell me about the legal requirements as well. Thank you
  • Rakesh Thakur said on March 31, 2010
    Sir, I m planning to setup a spices processing unit at Muzaffarpur, Bihar, but have no idea that how to proceed, plz help i need each and every detail about this. Thanks and Regards
  • Mahesh Bavkar said on April 8, 2010
    I want to start small scale business in electronic product manufacturing in Kandivali, Mumbai. I Know soldering & I Was doing Fan Regulator assembling job few year back. Please Help me in this matter and give me reply as early as possible. Thank & Regards, Mahesh Bavkar.
  • RAJEEV KUMAR said on April 20, 2010
    hi i'm interested to business in spice and food processing kindly tell me all detail.
  • Godfrey Ssali said on April 21, 2010
    Hello Comrades out there, am Godfrey Ssali in Kampala, Uganda, East Africa. (+256-702-940 910) ssalikg@yahoo.com. I want to venture into Small Scale Packaging of items like Sugar, Salt, Tea, Coffee e.t.c The aim is to improve my personal income as well as that of my family. Small Sachets like those used at Hotels & Restaurants would be a good idea. Please help me advice accordingly on where best to get full advice on Machinery, Training, Costs, Usage e.t.c
  • ramamoorthy said on April 22, 2010
    I want to start a small scale business (iron material oriented) in my place. My place is in Tamilnadu, India. It is a semi urban area. Give me suggestions.
  • Nirmal said on April 23, 2010
    i am a mechanical engineer in chennai. would like to start a small business manufacturing unit like paper bags, plastic bags or any injection moulding business with low investment. Thank you.
  • ganesh said on April 27, 2010
    I want to start small scale industry or services based industry in south Tamilnadu. please share your ideas with me.
  • Ethirajulu. K said on April 30, 2010
    I need to start small scale industries, can anyone help me which business is suitable for current situation.
  • apurva gadhavi said on May 1, 2010
    hi i am an electrical engg. and i want to start my own production business in electrical field so what can be a profitable product and which can be marketed in easy way???
  • Ashutosh Mishra said on May 2, 2010
    Hello Sir, I am an Electrical engg. with 5 yrs of work experience, and want to start my own production business in electrical field. I am interested in manufacturing different parts of UPS /Inverter/ Stabilizer etc. Please help in finding the path like which will be a best choice to startup and how to startup this business, to whom I need to contact for this. Please help me soon. Thanks in advance.
  • sasikumar said on May 6, 2010
    chennai/ Knachipuram, tamil nadu - india. i'm looking for manufacturing spare parts or like some contract jobs in near chennai
  • RAJESH SINGH said on May 10, 2010
    hello sir, i am a biotec engg. from bit mesra, ranchi, jharkhand and i am interested to set up a food processing unit either in patna or my own town jehanabad. sir, but i dont know how to proceed and to whom i need to contact. please help me. i will be very obliged to you for this
  • Ashish Kale said on May 12, 2010
    Hello Sir, I am Ashish . Currently I am working in software firm. But Now I want to start my own business in food processing. Can u please help me, How much estimate it require to start up business? Which are the basic needs for it? I am planning to set up business in pune or Aurangabad (Maharashtra). Kindly help me regarding this. Thank!!!
  • daman bhatia said on May 20, 2010
    based in jalandhar, punjab and i am looking to start some kind of manufacturing business suitable for the current market situation. Looking for some product which is not seasonal and has a market in india and abroad as well.
  • Vinod singh said on May 22, 2010
    I am willing to start up pharmaceutical container plant in maharashtra or madhypradesh. But i dont know how to start up & what are the requirements. & where i will get market . if u can do guidance to me. thank you
  • Karthi.P said on May 27, 2010
    Hello sir, I am electronics & communication engineer with 5 years exp..in this field.. i want to start a manufacturing or process business in rural area. i have infrastructure like as a land, electricity & water etc.. If u have any good idea regarding this plan. please tell me sir..thank you..
  • Man Mohan Saini said on May 28, 2010
    hello sir, i am an Industrial & Production Engineer & i have been working in a cable company as a Production Engineer since 3 years. I want to start a small scale business in my hometown Roorkee, so can you kindly suggest me some business ideas & the field that will be appropriate for me. Thank You
  • Anwar Ali said on May 31, 2010
    Hello sir, I did engineering in electronics and communication last year. I want to start a manufacturing business in a small town of Rajasthan with low investment. Please sir suggest me about any business.
  • r aruna said on June 4, 2010
    hello sir, I am an artist, apparel and fabric designer. I want to start my own boutique for garments and arts with low investment. Also interested in starting an institute for fashion and arts in chennai(medavakkam near velacherry). suggest me ideas even to start in my home itself first. i stay in a rented apartment.
  • Samit Shah said on June 4, 2010
    Hi, I am having experience in the field of IT. But I want to start some small scale business in manufacturing in Mumbai. I am ready to invest around 10 lacs. Could you please suggest me, some business which is more in demand but less people are involved in it. Thanks and Regards, Samit Shah
  • kajal said on June 10, 2010
    am having fund of 20 lakh, and i want to start a manufacturing company in noida? what will come under 20 lakh?
  • senthil kumar k said on June 10, 2010
    hi, i like to start plastic molding and plastic thing company i want to know how the raw materials and how to stat the business. and i am from kallakurichi, villupuram district, tamil nadu.
  • shantanu said on June 15, 2010
    Hi, I am an electronics engineer and i want to start a small scale business. I can invest upto 5 lacs. Pls. suggest something. aurangabad, maharashtra
  • aakash said on June 18, 2010
    i want to start a new business. i want the distributorship of textiles at jabalpur. plz suggest the company who wants his distributor or the site at which i can easily find a good business option.
  • K.Abiraman said on June 19, 2010
    Dear sir, I want to start a business, Want to manufacture any small product and distribute it. Give me an useful ideas for that........
  • Ujala Yadav said on June 19, 2010
    Small manufacturing business or food processing, if you have any idea do reply me....
  • Chinnappa Dsouza said on June 22, 2010
    Hello, I am Mr.C.Dsouza from pune, chandannagar. Actually i had started my small engineering job work business, about 20 months ago. But now presently i am not having any load for my machine. I have a 5.5ft Lathe machine, a small compressor, bench grinder etc. Can anybody help me in finding some business. My contact details are 09922253033. staying in chandannagar, Pune Maharashtra, India.
  • Nilesh said on July 1, 2010
    Hi, I am Nilesh from Dombivli (Dis: Thane).Me n My friend are planning to start a business with the investment up to 6 lacs. We have a shop with 250 sq.ft. area n 14 ft height near Kalyan shilfata highway. Plz suggest some business ideas in Dealership, Distribution, Manufacturing or other. Awaiting of your positive reply a the earliest.
  • kassimmansoor said on July 5, 2010
    I wish to start a manufacturing unit in South India coastal regions with the investment of 5 Laks, by using coconut fibre as the main raw material. Would you pls suggest me what kind of products we could manufacture, the cost and availability of machine, project report, marketing and so on? Thankful for valued advice.
  • Rohit kothari said on July 7, 2010
    I have done my engineering in electronics & communication. i am working in finance company. now i want to start electronics component and product manufacturing companies please give me some suggestion how can i start?
  • jatin said on July 8, 2010
    i am in steel manufacturing industry since last 4 years. i want to start something new related to steel please give me suggestions....
  • Joy Gupta said on July 9, 2010
    we are looking for a very innovative product marketing. Investment is 5 lakh. return in 250% anually.
  • udit tayal said on July 11, 2010
    hi, i have done my engg. in instrumentation and control. i have completed my mba in marketing and finance. now i want to start a manufacturing company. so please give me suggestions regarding that.
  • nilesh said on July 22, 2010
    Hi, I am an electronics engineer. I want to start a plastic food bags manufacturing company. in satara, maharashtra. please give me some suggestion how can i start?
  • Hardik said on July 24, 2010
    hi, I am into Quality and Process Improvement and m looking to start my own business consulting unit. Need your help to get some start-up clients.
  • sri rama murthy said on July 24, 2010
    Hi sir I am an Consumer Electronics Service Engineer with 12 years Exp., But i want to start my own business. That is Manufacturing or some other business from my home, pls give me some better suggestion.
  • krishna kurapati said on July 25, 2010
    Hello sir I am krishna K want to start a plastic products manufacturing company in solapur maharashtra Plz help me out how to start, minimum requirements to set up, amount to invest and regulations related to this industry. Thank you.
  • aromal.k.r said on August 1, 2010
    hai, i have completed my mba, i like to start a business in rural area in small scale industry give some idea
  • Mr. Williams said on August 4, 2010
    I have gone through sites in search of suitable start up plan for food spies and I will appreciate it if your urgent attention is given to forward me with step by step guide to facilitate this plan. Looking forward for your response.
  • sujeet kumar singh said on August 11, 2010
    Hello, I am a Diploma Mechanical engineer want to start a business of manufacturing of small Autoparts in delhi (ncr). I can invest 1 lacs. Please help me soon. Thanks in advance.
  • parthi said on August 11, 2010
    hi, i am parthi. now currently i am working in singapore. i am planning to start to manufacturing company in chennai. pls give me some suggestion
  • Tilak Wadhwa said on August 13, 2010
    Hi, I am an Electronics Engineer, Want to start an electrical/auto parts manufacturing business in/around NCR region preferably Rohtak with an initial investment of ~5 lacs. Please suggest.
  • maria zapata said on August 18, 2010
    I want to open a manufacturing that deals with shells. In my country shell business is so cheap. i want to open a jewelry shells business here in america but i need to go out of the country to purchase the product there. How will i do it? I have no money to start my idea. Please help me......
  • pankaj ansari said on August 23, 2010
    Hi, i'm running business in jabalpur and now i want to start a manufacturing industry in jabalpur so give me some idea.
  • amar said on August 26, 2010
    I wish to start a textiles related manufacturing or service unit in Dist-Pune with the investment of 2 Laks, here are future largest textiles park under construction so give us textiles business related new ideas. Thankful for valued advice
  • sonali said on September 8, 2010
    I am an electrical Engineer n wanted to start a small scale business in pune. please suggest some ideas.
  • Venkatesan said on September 8, 2010
    I am Corporate Secretaryship Graduate with 16 years experience in Aluminum Die Casting - Purchase. I am interested to start up own business with low investment. Kindly suggest me the best business. Thanking you in anticipation. With Regards. M.Venkatesan
  • Shivaram said on September 14, 2010
    Hello all, We are Motocare Devices(R), Mandya, Karnataka. We are just startup firm, before we start firm legally we spent almost two years in R&D. We invented a new unique sell-able product for agriculture industry. It is basically digital starter for operating agriculture motors...we are establishing our market to all the districts of Karnataka. Due to lack of funds we are not able to concentrate on other states of India. If any one interested doing business seriously please reply to motocare2009@yahoo.com
  • pooja said on September 14, 2010
    hello sir i am an electronics and communication engineer from gujarat. And i want to start my own business in any of the manufacturing field like tea plastic bags clothing food items etc with minimum possible investment in rajkot or gujarat.. so pls give some suggestions regarding i have no idea in this field. i have just completed engg 2 mnths bk...so i m very confused regarding what and how to go for business... should i take a job in marketing area for some experience or what else???? ny suggestions related to this r welcomed:) thank you..
  • Vishwa Vadalia said on September 15, 2010
    Hello sir. I m student and my father wants to manufacture jewelery but we dont have any idea regarding material, budget, buyers for jewelery etc...... i specifies u that we want to develop it at very small scale and very low budget. we want to develop buisness in bhavnagar gujrat. ple give all the needed information regarding it!
  • Amit Agrawal said on September 15, 2010
    sir i am in a business of groundnut seeds with an experience of 15 years and now i want to buy a color sortex machine of ground nut seeds, thats why i want some information about it and i want to know from where i can buy it...please give me all information that you have. thank you. dist-kalhandi (odisha)
  • vimal said on September 19, 2010
    Respected sir, I dont have enough capital for start any own business, pls suggest me any small scale business regarding FMCG products job work at home base its should be fast moving product in market - Thanking you & awaiting for your positive replys .
  • Anas Anjum said on September 22, 2010
    I want to start fruit juice and spices manufacturing factory at Unnao(Uttar Pradesh). Please provide me complete details.
  • pratap singh said on September 25, 2010
    i want to start small scale manufacturing business related to electrical & electronics, So please send me some advice.
  • mahesh said on September 26, 2010
    I want to manufacture some basic chemical product which is used in sugar manufacturing industry please know me details which product or chemical has been used in sugar manufacturing industry...I want to do small manufacturing business at my home.
  • Deepak Minda said on October 14, 2010
    Hello,i am a b-tech in electronics & communication engg. i want to open up a voltage stabilizers & inverters manufacturing unit in sikkim. or any other small scale manufacturing business related to electrical & electronics, So please send me some advice which may flourish in sikkim.
  • Manish Choudhary said on October 20, 2010
    Hello, i want to start a business of water pouch packaging, does it require any legal formalities and NOC from the state govt. and what will be the investment. i just want to start in a small form and after its success i want to put a bottling plant also. the pouch will cost Re.1.00 as i have heard in some cities...it has a good market.. can i just buy a water filtration machine and a packing machine and start it .......
  • Ashok said on October 24, 2010
    we are in the process to setup a manufacturing unit of auto fuse presently we are in sales. partly advances are payed to the machine tool vendor. we required a startup finance for approx 20 lac to 25 lac. we are base at wagle estate. Thane Maharashtra 400604, 9769040501 Ashok
  • Ashok said on October 24, 2010
    any one from mumbai or else where can join me for the profit sharing partner or financer for my project kindly refer my posting number 92
  • syed kaleem hussain said on October 29, 2010
    Hi i am a mechanical engineer and i am from Hyderabad, India. I want to start a manufacturing industry basically on construction or in mechanical engineering. Kindly, suggest me which manufacturing process would be better (Ex: doors and windows, manufacturing of metals, fabrication or other).. thanks....
  • Devendra said on December 1, 2010
    I wish to start a business related to electrical and mechanical products in Pune India. Please suggest me some product. It can be retail or manufacturing or franchise any. Cost around 10 Lakhs
  • S.Gopinath.9171555977 said on December 8, 2010
    Hello Sir/Madam, I have 5exp in drafting & Manufacturing Field in sheet metal & machining Component.Can I Start in my own Business this is Correct Suggestion Or no Kindly give tips & notes to me its my carrier useful message. my invest amount is 3lac Eligible.............
  • Pritam said on December 8, 2010
    I am b.tech in electronics .i want to open a plastic syringe industry.pls tell me how much capital i will be invest initially in this field.orissa,india
  • Ajay yadav said on December 13, 2010
    I want to start a business unit of spices grinding plant in azamgarh India but i do"t have sufficient money can u plz help me for this project .please suggest me
  • Vivek said on December 15, 2010
    I would like to start a manufacturing industry or selling a bio-degradable products ( ex.. bags, lunch box, tea cups ) . please give some positive suggestions
  • Farzad Abtahi said on December 17, 2010
    Recently I have purchased a 2000Sq.Ft. in an Industrial/commercial area in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. My son and I are Electrical and Electronic Engineers and I would like to start some kind of small Manufacturing company preferably in Oil and Gas related and looking for some Ideas.

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