Acrylic Countertops Market Overview
Furniture production is one of the fastest growing segments of the economy. And in the furniture industry itself, the most profitable and investment attractive (except for exclusive options - furniture from solid wood of valuable species, etc.) is the production of kitchens.
However, there are war nuances here. For example, in an average order for a modern type of kitchen, all the boxes, cabinets, cabinets, etc. elements (counting with accessories, which in itself is expensive) rarely “reach” the cost of the countertop.
Of course, we are not talking here about low-quality chipboard worktops glued with a special thick film, but about artificial stone worktops (which is also often called acrylic or simply acrylic).
Recently, artificial stone has become widespread: strong, reliable, durable - this material is used in the manufacture of countertops, bar counters, sinks, window sills and some other interior items.
Almost every furniture company that manufactures kitchens offers acrylic countertops.
However, most often these countertops are made by third parties to small and medium-sized furniture enterprises, it’s more profitable just to order an artificial stone countertop somewhere else than to equip their own production, which will also stand idle for some part of the working time (after all, kitchens are not ordered every day; moreover, the specifics of production simply does not work in this mode).
It is these factors that make the opening of a company producing acrylic countertops and window sills one of the most promising areas of entrepreneurship in general and the furniture business in particular.
Production of acrylic kitchen worktops: personnel, equipment, premises
There is one main subtlety in the production of kitchen worktops and window sills: they are always made according to individual projects, and, as a rule, they are not just irregular in shape, but are generally adapted, for example, to uneven walls, or different angles formed by a window and a slope (if it is a window sill).
In most domestic houses, even in the newest and most modern, not to mention private ones, such problems are observed. A logical conclusion follows from this: in this case, the use of stationary equipment (for example, format-cutting machines) is impractical, and often even impossible - exclusively manual power tools are used to work with artificial stone.
This, on the one hand, significantly reduces equipment costs, but on the other hand, personnel costs increase quite sensitively: only professionals should work with a power tool using such an expensive material as acrylic stone. However, this issue is easily solved by piecework wages.
The main operations performed with artificial stone (supplied in sheets of various thicknesses) consist of cutting the sheet into blanks in accordance with the required dimensions, fitting the joints before gluing and grinding the surfaces of the finished product.
Equipment for the production of acrylic countertops (window sills) corresponds to the above operations. The list below is, firstly, the minimum set of equipment required for production; and secondly, it is designed for a small (but not less than 50 square meters) workshop with personnel of a maximum of 3-4 people.
So, the first thing to buy is a high-quality and powerful (not less than 1600 W) milling cutter (about 11 thousand rubles). It will be needed to smooth the unevenness of the cut, fit the seams and cut curly elements (for example, rounded corners).
The next most important tool is an eccentric sander (sander). It costs about 10 thousand rubles. and is used, respectively, for grinding and fine (finishing) polishing of the finished countertop.
And, finally, for cutting sheets and curved cuts, an electric jigsaw without a pendulum stroke is used (about 2000 rubles).
Of course, all this equipment requires a lot of consumables (grinding skins with different sizes of abrasives - from large to small; polishes, etc.), nozzles (jigsaws for jigsaws, sets of milling cutters of various configurations for chamfering, cutting, overtaking, etc. ) and additional equipment - guns (for tubes with hot melt adhesive), clamps, trimmers (a small hand milling cutter with a nozzle at 45 °) and much more. And this is not counting the assembly tables and other industrial furniture.
Acrylic countertop production: business specifics
In this business, working directly with individuals is most likely not necessary. Only firms manufacturing finished furniture (or plastic windows) will resort to your services.
In accordance with the sketch, agreed (in size, configuration and color invoice) with the direct customer, a solid (usually) countertop should be made.
At the same time, all possible errors in measuring the size and roughness of the wall, inconsistency of the configuration with the wishes of the consumer, or even such a simple question as whether a solid tabletop (and it is often quite bulky) will go into the elevator or doorway, does not entirely fall on your company, but on third-party, and for each alteration and additional processing of the order they will have to pay extra.
However, trouble may await you in terms of lead times. Furniture companies themselves are already connected by a certain time frame, and therefore in every possible way "customize" third performers. And acrylic stone comes to us from Asian markets, mainly from South Korea.
Therefore, you should carefully monitor the trend and stock up on a certain amount of material, and in addition, try to clearly discuss the delivery dates with all participants in the chain: the manufacturer, transport organization and many others, up to the storekeeper in the warehouse of the official distributor of a South Korean company in Russia (if any, Of course there is) and customs.
However, a well-thought-out and well-established business can be safely attributed to the category of the most profitable and least expensive: for this, you only need to look at the cost of an acrylic sheet - (€ 310, or about 13 thousand rubles for a sheet of 3680? 760? 12.7 mm in size) and finished countertops - from 13.2 to 28.4 thousand rubles. per linear meter, which, in 1 sheet, as you might guess, more than 3.5!
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