Any individual can initiate slipper making business as small scale basis. Slippers are considered as a household consumer durable item and are used by men, women, and kids. Slippers are lightweight footwear made up from rubber. Slipper making process is very simple. From a small scale unit, you can produce slippers. Additionally, you can start manufacturing with some simple machinery and rubber sheet as main raw material.
Slipper Making Market Opportunity
Both the urban and rural population use slippers in India. The product has export potential also. India is the largest global producer of footwear after China, accounting to approx 13% of world footwear production, which is close to 16 billion pairs. The major importing countries are USA, Germany, France and UK.
Slippers (Hawai Chappals) is close to 10000 crores with per capita consumption are estimated to be 1 pair. Nowadays besides being a necessity, it has become an important fashion accessory available in different designs.
Registration & License For Slipper Making
In starting a slipper making project in India, you will need to register your firm first with ROC. For a small scale unit, it is advisable to register as an OPC or LLP format. Apply for Trade License from local Municipal Authority and SSI Unit registration from DIC. This type of manufacturing unit does require pollution permission.
Finance For Slipper Making Business
Generally, two types of the financial requirement are involved with slipper making project. One is fixed capital and another one is working capital. In any small business initiation, angel investment is the best way of funding. For fixed capital, you will need to apply term loan and to satisfy the working capital requirement apply for a cash credit or overdraft facility.
Slipper Making Unit Setup
First of all, you must prepare a customized project report prior. You can identify how much capital you need, who are the machinery suppliers, what machines you need to install, from where you will source the raw material etc. Before installing the machinery layout plan is important. Arrange other utility items like electric supply and water resource. Slipper making unit initiative involves following formalities:
- Registration and Other formalities
- Land identification and acquisition
- Construction Work
- Machinery Purchasing and its Installation
- Trail Production
Slipper Making Machinery
According to the product specification and desired production output, you will need to select the right machinery carefully. Here we list some of the main machinery required for slipper manufacturing.
- Flat Bed Sewing Machine with Motor, Stand & Table Clutch Type
- Drilling machine
- Combined Finishing Machine
- Stapling Machine
- Plastic Last
- Cutting dies of different sizes and shapes
- Hand operated tools & equipment
Raw Material For Slipper Making
The major raw materials are rubber sheet and strap. You will also need to procure the packaging consumables. Additionally, you can procure these raw materials from the local wholesale market or from the manufacturer directly.
Slipper Making Process
First of all, obtain the microcellular sheet from other units. Then, give them the desired shape with the help of cutting machine/mold. Also, you can obtain straps from other units. Thereafter, fix these straps to the chappals with the help of foot operated machine. To give finishing touches to it, put the straps in finishing machine. After the quality check of these chappals, pack them in a polythene bag. Finally, despatch them for the markets.
Rubber Sheet → Sole Cutting → Drilling → Strap Fittings → Finishing → Final Inspection → Packing
Slipper Making Quality Control
At present no quality specifications for slippers are available. But for export order, specifications are provided by the buyers only. For export, you must procure good quality raw materials in slipper making.