Incense Stick: How to Write Agarbatti Business Plan

Agarbatti is a wooden stick covered with a substance that is burned to produce a pleasant smelling fragrance. It is commonly used in religious ceremonies, worship around the world.
The name origin is Hindu and sometimes called a joss sick. The stick is made from bamboo slat and fragrance a mix of different materials. The major producer is India with huge local and export opportunities.
Incense burning is popular in India, Japan, Asia and China. The stick is the popular form of incense burning. The traditional powder mixed with fragrance is the masala.
Types of Agarbatti
There are different types of stick types from square, triangle and round. There are different stick dimensions from 1mm to 8mm. We have are flora Agarbatti, charcoal, wooden, dhoop, Masala.
Agarbatti
Steps to Start Agarbatti Business
1.       Write a business plan
2.       Carry out a feasibility study
3.       Get legal papers
4.       Purchase equipment and machinery
5.       Find a good location
6.       Hire experienced machine operators
7.       Buy raw material
8.       Open a business account
9.       Marketing
Things to Make Incense Sticks
What you need to manufacture incense sticks are Agarbatti making machine, mixer and dryer. Purchase a high speed fully automatic machine.
The next step is sourcing the raw materials, mixing and bamboo sick production. Dry, add fragrance, package then supply finished product to wholesalers and distributors. The manufacturer can make about Rs 20,000 per month.
         Agarbatti making machine
         Mixer
         Dryer
         Bamboo sticks
         Raw materials
         Fragrance
         Packaging
Machinery
The type of Agarbatti machine depends on total production capacity and speed. A good machine should make about 10kg an hour. The machine should have warrantee and adequate spare parts. The mixer are usually local fabricated and dryers come in different designs.
Agarbatti Machine Specification
The price of the machinery depends on the specification. High speed noiseless Agarbatti machine costs Rs 1.25 Lakh. Computerized software based Agarbatti making machine Rs 1.5 Lakh. A fully automated machine with air system costs about Rs 4 Lakh
High Speed Noiseless Agarbatti Machine
Production capacity 10-15 kg per hour, machine speed 350 to 400 strokes per minute. Power requirement 2HP, weight 100-125 kg.
The type of sticks produced are round, fully automatic, dry production capacity 100-120 kilo in 10 hours. It has a water circulation system, digital counting system.
         Capacity 10-15 kg per hour
         Machine speed 350 to 400 strokes per minute
         2HP
         weight 100-125 kg
         Round sticks
         Fully automatic
         Dry production
         Water circulation system
         Digital counting system
Computer Software Based Agarbatti Machine
This machine can produce Agarbatti sticks 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 or 24 inch in length. The machine speed is 100-150 strokes per minute, stick diameter from 1.5 to 8 mm. machine weight 200kg.
Stick type produced square, triangle and round. The average capacity is 5-10 kg per hour, power requirement 1 HP.
         Produces sticks 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 or 24 inch
         Machine speed is 100-150 strokes per minute
         stick diameter from 1.5 to 8 mm
         Machine weight 200kg
         Stick type produced square, triangle and round
         Average capacity is 5-10 kg per hour
         Power requirement 1 HP
Raw Materials to Make Agarbatti
The raw materials are bamboo sticks, wood glue and charcoal powder. Others are fragrance, sandalwood powder and sawdust.  A commercial production could use a premix or source bamboo sticks.
The ratio of the mixture is important to the burning action and fragrance dispersal. The quantity of the mix are measured precisely to certain specifications. The raw Agarbatti is then dried or placed in the sun.
The product are sold raw or perfume added based on the manufacturers specification.
         Bamboo Sticks
         Wood Glue
         Fragrance
         Sandalwood Powder
         Sawdust
         Gum powder
         Charcoal Powder
         Premix
Location
The location should accommodate the machinery and production process. A large production outfit requires 3 to 4 stick making machines. Space requirements are about 180 to 200 square ft.
Staffing
The staff are machine operators, driver, cleaner, marketing and sales department. The company needs a sales clerk, accountant or bookkeeper.
Profit
A profit of Rs 600 is possible from one machine daily.

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