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The chemical industry in any country usually has the greatest business opportunities. In Nigeria, the opportunities in the chemical production and business is immeasurable and very vast that less than 6% of it has been tapped. This is in contrast to developed countries as United States, Uk, Canada and Asian countries whom have a more developed chemical market.
The reason is the fact that almost everything on the surface of the earth is composed of chemicals. Hence there is absolutely nothing that one can do in this life without involving chemical components at one stage or the other.
It is a necessity and no one can do without it. Now, think of it from the food we eat, the house we live, the road we use, the clothes we wear, drugs we take, water we drink, the land we farm, chemicals of various quantities and types have to make all these possible. This is the reason why there cannot be life as it is today without the chemical industry.

The development of this industry has suffered. It has suffered neglect and setback. The major reason is that most people are ignorant of the vast opportunities the chemical industries hold in terms of business and job creation. The opportunities are vast and more than other sectors of the economy. Nigeria provide a vast market opportunities for many established and would be entrepreneurs to venture in this sector of the economy. The population is growing geometrically and so are the people needs. So, industrialist, entrepreneurs and would be entrepreneurs like you are being relied upon to bridge the gaps. I also want to let you know that the chemical Production industry is a huge market with range of chemical products such as cosmetics, adhesives, beverages, disinfectants, inks, soaps and detergents, industrial chemicals, wood finishes, lubricants to mention but a few going a long way to provide a decent business opportunity for any willing investor. Another positive is the massive income opportunities which is inherent in this industry.

The income earning potential on full scale can give one a lifestyle of choice, leveraging on the increasing population of this country. Nigeria runs a consumption based economy. A cake consumption instead of cake baking economy. It is an open and begging opportunities for more investment in the chemical production and manufacturing business. And with a population of over 160 million whom have to depend on the chemical products to survive, it becomes increasily necessary to start a chemical business of your own. Surely, anyone can start and can start in small scale and with the necessary skills, information and knowledge, success is assured.

Nigeria companies consume in excess of $3.58 billion dollars worth of chemicals per annum but produces just $380 million dollar in equivalent creating a short fall of $3.2 billion dollar. The shortfall is filled mainly with importation. There are opportunities for new entrants to enter the industry and take advantage of healthy margins. A small scale producer can leverage on a strategic strength of good quality at reasonable price to create a cutting edge advantage against the big players whose products are of higher prices.

In the world of chemical business, planning play a very important role in determining its success. Though it is not different in other business, certain step has to followed including the proper procedure to get the right results. To survive and succeed in making any chemical product in Nigeria, the following steps are vital:

This is the first step. Make a SWOT analysis. This is necessary as it will give you an edge and a basic foundation to grow your business.
SWOT means: Strength, Weakness, opportunities and Threats.
Strength: What is your strength? Every one has the same. Are you a good entrepreneur? Is your qualification, knowledge, training, experience, personality trait, passion, network, finances among others, at advantage to you? Capitalize on your strength. Your strength lies where you have major advantage over others.
Weakness: Find where your negative points lie. When you identify them clearly then it is much easier to deal with them. Are you poor in selling, keeping books or supervising people? Leverage on areas where you are weak. Find and use the best hands in the area where you have weakness.
Opportunity: Opportunities are untapped or not fully tapped prospects. Finding and filling a gap in the market for any chemical product is an opportunity to make good gains. Eventually, the market might start getting saturated due to increasing competitors. If you invent a product that is needed by people, you have an opportunity. In the Nigerian chemical industry, the opportunities for making chemical products is limitless.
Threat: What potential dangers are ahead of your business venture? These could be government policies, natural disasters like floods, cyclones, draught and conflicts like community clashes, militancy, wars among others. A ban in the use of your major raw material can be a big threat to your operations. Watch out for threat far ahead and do something to survive bad times. Unfavourable competition by imported product occasioned by government policy can affect your business.
After putting it in SWOT, you can now know where to improve upon, leverage or device strategies to survive and succeed as an entrepreneur in chemical business.

Get the necessary information, contacts and training to empower yourself. It can be motivational, managerial and technical. The first stage is to go for entrepreneurship training if you have not done so. Do not ignore this, no matter your level of academic qualification. There are many centers in Nigeria where you can get this type of training at little or no cost e.g SMEDAN, NASSI, NDE, NASME, CBN, Association of chambers of commerce, Industries, Miners & Agriculture are some of the reliable ones.


This can be a difficult stage but you have got passion. Make a list of chemical products you will naturally want to produce if you had everything you need to do so. Scrutinize and grade them according to market demand. This may require some market survey or consulting a market expert. Make a list of the five most popular and subject each one to:
• Market demand (present & future).
• Availability of technical know how.
• Availability of raw materials.
• Financial outlay.
• Present & future health of the industry.
Select one project that is most favoured by the above factors. The products must be the ones that you are passionate about. In doing this, you may need the support of a consultant, friends, family members and mentors. In the case of the chemical business project, it may involve choosing an industry instead of a product. This is so because many product can be made in a single chemical industry. For instance, if you choose soap industry, you can still make choice from laundry, toilet medicated, powder or liquid soap. These products have the major raw materials in common. And there lies the beauty and the advantages of chemical processing business.

For some other business, it might mean less but to survive and succeed in making chemical products, you must get the right type of technical knowledge. It is so necessary to gain a cutting edge especially in a competitive chemical industry. Buy resource books and empowerment manual to gain insight on new products and skills. You must get the right type of knowledge and skills and your key workers must also do same. Find and acquire the appropriate technology which include formulations, equipment and expertise. For your exact product or products, you must consider what the present would be competitors are doing in terms of technical know how and think is important for making quality products at competitive advantages. Look into the future to be sure you are not left behind technologically as it relates to your business.

Sit and get a mental and written picture of your proposed company. This is your VISION of this idea you want to call your company. Write down what you want your company to be known for. This is your mission statement. If you want your printing ink to be sold in almost every shop around you, or your company to be the place where every distributor of printing ink would love to be associated, maybe because of your excellent quality service, then these vision and mission can help drive your business forward. They can attract the right partners, associate, investors, financers and even employees.
Start your firm constitution by a sound vision and mission and then go ahead to form either sole proprietorship, partnership , private limited company, cooperative society firm or public limited company and get it registered with CAC using an appropriate name that will reflect your vision and vision.

The Producer

The producer is the main player in the chemical Industry. He can be a manufacturer, an innovator, a chemical scientist or the creator. He first conceive in his mind what he intend to produce; this is a mental creation and then second carrying it out representing the physical creation. He either creates the product from scratch, add value to the product already in the market or may even be alike the same product as in some case in acquiring the patent right and franchise to produce the same product.
In some cases, a producer might also be the chemical scientist who conceives the product and went ahead to produce or manufactures it. Income potential as a producer is amazing. On a small scale level, of investment of N200,000 would yield 100% return in a few months and on business stability would offer over 300% return on monthly basis. Furthermore, he wields tremendous power as he can be involved in composition and actual running of his enterprise.

The Chemical Scientist
He is an important player in the Chemical Industry. He is involved in the creation, production and sales of the chemicals. With his formal education and training, he understands the various elements, compound and extractive techniques from raw sources. The chemical laboratory is usually his dormitory and a single discovery or innovative product can shoot him to fame and wealth. His products can impinge every aspect of our lives.
Furthermore, many companies buys some of his chemical products as intermediates in their own manufacturing processes. Often, there are clusters of processes which use the output of one as the input to another. Example, ammonia is made from natural gas and can be converted to hydrogen cyanide. Becoming a chemical scientist can be very rewarding as he earns millions of naira per annum for his researches, consultancy and sales of chemical product. He is also well respected by the public and stakeholders in the chemical industry.

The Armchair Investor
He is a very important in the chemical industry because of his experience, resources and financial wealth. Usually, he is a shareholder; an important stakeholder and contribute positively to the growth and development of the chemical enterprise. He might not have control over the actual running of the enterprise but decisions that can affect the finances and long term growth of the company cannot be taken without his input.
In some cases, he might be the owner of the chemical firm if he owns 100 shares of the firm, in some other cases, it is a partnership whereby it is jointly owned by the 2 or more investors. But know that the armchair investor is a risk bearer and his concerned about the growth of his investment in both short and longer term. His earning is a jumbo determined by his stake and amounts of shares he holds.

The Distributor
He is an important element in the chemical production industry. He is an entity that buys competing chemical products or product lines, warehouses them and resell them to retailers or direct to the retailers or direct to the end users or customers. In some cases, a company chooses its distributor and get them licensed while in other cases, it is an open one where any one with good capital can buy its products.
Their powers are limited but can be involved in promotional activities; providing strong manpower and cash support to the manufacturer’s promotional efforts. They usually also provide range of services such as product information, estimates, technical support, after sales services, credit etc to their customers.
Financially, they are robust and with over 100% return on investment in few months.

The Facilitator
From their name, they play a facilitative role. They can play this role in any of the different value chains available in the chemical industry. They can be involved in research, creative and useful information, writing articles, publications, training, business registration and incorporation, composition, funding, planning and even mediatory roles in this industry. He is someone who engages and help people understand their common objectives and assist them to plan how to achieve these objectives. They also enable groups and organizations to work more effectively; to collaborate and achieve synergy.
They play a supportive role and an important factor in the growth of the chemical industry. They earn from the fees they charge for their services and impact is appreciated and respected.

The Chemical Importer
The importer is involved in the importation of chemical based products which are not readily available or produced in the country. The importation of chemical based product is a profitable venture for many Nigerians. An applicant wishing to import chemicals into Nigeria should first make an application. He will apply in his company letterhead with GSM number and email which would be addressed to the Director, Narcotics and controlled substance Directorate, National Agency for Food and drug administration and Control, Oshodi, Lagos. The process involves filling of necessary forms, presentation of other document and payment of required fees and will ultimately be issued with an import license if all conditions are met.
Financially, it is very rewarding with profit running in millions after sales of products. It is also important to note that it is strictly regulated and license is painstaking acquired.

The Trade Merchant
The trade merchants are an important stakeholders in the chemical business value chain as the chemical chain cycle cannot be completed without them. Don’t get it twisted, they are important not because, the chemical industry cannot function without them but because they are closer to the end users and consumers. For a small scale chemical entrepreneur willing to venture into the production industry, he is indispensable and he can provide him with the necessary chemical, equipment and raw materials to start the production process. He also does direct supply to different institutions such as schools, hospitals, hotels and even research institutes.
On the financial level, he averages good returns on investment if he does well in marketing of his services. In addition, it is important to note that a trade merchant can as well be an importer of his product just as an importer can double as a trade merchant.
The Marketer
The chemical industry can never be complete without the efforts and contribution of the product marketer. Promotion has its place; creating the necessary awareness of the product to the general public. New releases and new product line testing can be the avenue for the marketers to show his skills and strategies. Hence for any company that wants to be a market leader or to be a big deal, marketing should be at the forefront of its plans.
The marketer might either be employed by an organization or an open position available to any willing individual or interest group. It also open an opportunity for anyone to position in any of the value chains. Most organizations that has a product to offer the public would welcome any individual whom is willing to promote and sell their products. All one need is to get their product and look for avenues to promote them and earn finder fees in return. This is referred to as affiliate marketing; affiliating to promote someone else product.
Working as a marketer in a conventional company or in an open marketplace can also be rewarding. This is due to fact that product companies understood that marketing is the life of their business and if they eased up on marketing, they will get lapped. Often they are compensated based on sales or referrals they have made for the business.

They products of the chemical industry can be divided into three major categories namely, the basic chemicals, speciality chemicals and consumer chemicals. The basic chemicals are produced in huge quantities (million of tonnes). They can include chemicals from oil, polymers and basic inorganic. Speciality chemicals are produced in modest kilogramme quantities but with very high value. It covers a wide variety of chemicals for crop protection, paints and inks. With active research and development, speciality chemicals deliver better and more stable profitability.
Last but not the least is consumer chemicals. Consumer chemicals are sold directly to the public. They include for example detergents, soaps and other toiletries.

There have been marked increase of new entrant into the industry over the years and as more investors are putting their seed into this industry. All we see is successes, hope and opportunities. The economy of the country is regaining strength after years of economic hardship. We sincerely believe that with adequate power, infrastructure and manpower development, the industry will go in leaps to for the benefit of all.
It is a huge market and everyone with the necessary capital and knowledge would tap from the business opportunities it presents. Nothing is so powerful than an idea whose time has come; and the time has come to invest rightly by investing in the chemical line of business. 

   Cosmetics,
   Adhesives,
   Beverages,
   Disinfectants,
   Auto Car Paints,
   Industrial Chemicals,
   Printing Inks,
   Lubricants,
   Decorative Paints,
   Soaps & Detergents,
   Office/ Stationeries,
   Stain Removers,
   Wood finishes & Treatments,
   Greases,
   Etc

An adhesive, or glue, is a mixture in a liquid or semi-liquid state that adheres or bonds items together.   Adhesives may come from either natural or synthetic sources.   The types of materials that can be bonded are vast but they are especially useful for bonding thin materials.   Adhesives cure (harden) by either evaporating a solvent or by chemical reactions that occur between two or more constituents.   Adhesives are advantageous for joining thin or dissimilar materials, minimizing weight, and when a vibration dampening joint is needed. 

Cosmetics are substances used to enhance the appearance or odor of the human body.   Cosmetics include skin-care creams, lotions, powders, perfumes, lipsticks, fingernail and toe nail polish, eye and facial makeup, towelettes, permanent waves, colored contact lenses, hair colors, hair sprays and gels, deodorants, hand sanitizer, baby products, bath oils, bubble baths, bath salts, butters and many other types of products.   A subset of cosmetics is called "make-up," which refers primarily to colored products intended to alter the user?s appearance.   Many manufacturers distinguish between decorative cosmetics and care cosmetics. 
Cosmetics can also be described by the form of the product, as well as the area for application.   Cosmetics can be liquid or cream emulsions; powders, both pressed and loose; dispersions; and anhydrous creams or sticks.    The cosmetic industry is a profitable business for most manufacturers of cosmetic products.   By cosmetic products, we understand anything that is intended for personal care such as skin lotions or sun lotions, makeup and other such products meant to emphasize one's look.    The cosmetic industry has grown not only in Nigeria but also in various parts of the world which have become famous for their cosmetic precuts. 

Disinfectants are substances that are applied to non-living objects to destroy microorganisms that are living on the objects.   Disinfection does not necessarily kill all microorganisms, especially nonresistant bacterial spores; it is less effective than sterilizations, which is an extreme physical and/or chemical process that kills all types of life.   Disinfectants are different from other antimicrobial agents such as antibiotics, which destroy microorganisms within the body, and antiseptics, which destroy microorganisms on living tissue.   Disinfectants are also different from biocides ? the latter are intended to destroy all forms of life, not just microorganisms. 
Disinfectants are frequently used in hospitals, dental surgeries, kitchens, and bathrooms to kill infectious organisms.   

   Air disinfectants ,
   Alcohols,
   Aldehydes,
   Oxidizing agents,
   Phenolics,
   Quaternary ammonium compounds,
   Silver,
   Others

A beverage, is a liquid which is specifically prepared for human consumption.   In addition to filling a basic human need, beverages form part of the culture of human society. 

   Water
   Alcoholic beverages
   Non-alcoholic beverages
   Soft drinks
   Fruit juice
   Hot beverages
   Miscellaneous

Ink is a liquid or paste that contains pigments and/or dyes and is used to color a surface to produce an image, text, or design.   Ink is used for drawing and/or writing with a pen, brush, or quill.   Thicker inks, in paste form, are used extensively in letterpress and lithographic printing.    Ink can be a complex medium, composed of solvents, pigments, dyes, resins, lubricants, solubilizers, surfactants, particulate matter, fluorescers, and other materials.   The components of inks serve many purposes; the ink?s carrier, colorants, and other additives control flow and thickness of the ink and its appearance when dry. 
Ink formulas vary, but commonly involve four components:
?   Colorants
?   Vehicles (binders)
?   Additives
?   Carrier substances
Inks generally fall into four classes
?   Aqueous
?   Liquid
?   Paste
?   Powder
Colorants:  Pigment inks are used more frequently than dyes because they are more color-fast, but they are also more expensive, less consistent in color, and have less of a color range than dyes.  [1]
Pigments: Pigments are solid, opaque particles suspended in ink to provide color.   Pigment molecules typically link together in crystalline structures that are 0.  1?2 ?m in size and comprise 5?30 percent of the ink volume.   Qualities such as hue, saturation, and lightness vary depending on the source and type of pigment. 
Dyes:  Dye-based inks are generally much stronger than pigment-based inks and can produce much more color of a given density per unit of mass.   However, because dyes are dissolved in the liquid phase, they have a tendency to soak into paper, making the ink less efficient and potentially allowing the ink to bleed at the edges of an image. 

A lubricant is a substance introduced to reduce friction between moving surfaces.   It may also have the function of transporting foreign particles and of distributing heat.   The property of reducing friction is known as lubricity. 
One of the single largest applications for lubricants, in the form of motor oil, is protecting the internal combustion engines in motor vehicles and powered equipment. 
Typically lubricants contain 90% base oil (most often petroleum fractions, called mineral oils) and less than 10% additives.   Vegetable oils or synthetic liquids such as hydrogenated polyolefins, esters, silicones, fluorocarbons and many others are sometimes used as base oils.   Additives deliver reduced friction and wear, increased viscosity, improved viscosity index, resistance to corrosion and oxidation, aging or contamination, etc. 
Lubricants such as 2-cycle oil are added to fuels like gasoline which has low lubricity.   Sulfur impurities in fuels also provide some lubrication properties, which has to be taken in account when switching to a low-sulfur diesel; biodiesel is a popular diesel fuel additive providing additional lubricity. 
Non-liquid lubricants include grease, powders (dry graphite, PTFE, Molybdenum disulfide, tungsten disulfide, etc.  ), teflon tape used in plumbing, air cushion and others.   Dry lubricants such as graphite, molybdenum disulfide and tungsten disulfide also offer lubrication at temperatures (up to 350 ?C) higher than liquid and oil-based lubricants are able to operate.   Limited interest has been shown in low friction properties of compacted oxide glaze layers formed at several hundred degrees Celsius in metallic sliding systems, however, practical use is still many years away due to their physically unstable nature. 
Another approach to reducing friction and wear is to use bearings such as ball bearings, roller bearings or air bearings, which in turn require internal lubrication themselves, or to use sound, in the case of acoustic lubrication. 
In addition to industrial applications, lubricants are used for many other purposes.   Other uses include cooking (oils and fats in use in frying pans, in baking to prevent food sticking), bio-medical applications on humans (e.  g.   lubricants for artificial joints), ultrasound examination, internal examinations for males and females, and the use of personal lubricant for sexual purposes. 

Paint is any liquid, liquefiable, or mastic composition which after application to a substrate in a thin layer is converted to an opaque solid film.   One may also consider the digital mimicry thereof.   It is most commonly used to protect, color or provide texture to objects. 

   Pigment. 
   Binder, vehicle or resins. 
   Solvent. 
   Additives. 
   Etc

Wood finishes refers to a chemical for embellishing and/or protecting the surface of a wooden material.   The process starts with surface preparation, either by sanding by hand (typically using a sanding block or power sander), scraping, or planning.   Imperfections or nail holes on the surface may be filled using wood putty or pores may be filled using wood filler.   Often, the wood's colour is changed by staining, bleaching, ammonia fuming and a number of other techniques.   Some woods such as pine or cherry do not take stain evenly, resulting in "blotching".   To avoid blotching, a barrier coat such as shellac or "wood conditioner" is applied before the stain.   Gel stains are also used to avoid blotching. 
Once the wood surface is prepared and stained, a number of coats of finish may be applied, often sanding between coats.   Commonly used wood finishes include wax, shellac, drying oils (such as linseed oil or tung oil), lacquer, varnish, or paint.   Other finishes called "oil finish" or "Danish oil" are actually thin varnishes with a relatively large amount of oil and solvent.   Water-based finishes can cause what is called "raising the grain" where surface fuzz emerges and requires sanding down. 

Types of finishes
There are basically three types of finish:
?   Evaporative
?   Reactive
?   Coalescing


BRIEFLY tell us about Raphgate Chemicals Nigeria Limited and the Horse Paints brand?

We started this business in 2003 as an enterprise. I studied Mathematics in the university; I am a trained teacher.  But to the glory of God, in 1996, I worked briefly in a paint manufacturing company, Penguin Paints, after graduation.      I worked with the company for about three years but unfortunately, it closed down.  Meanwhile, I was a pioneer staff of the company and saw a lot of opportunities in the paint manufacturing industry.  So, I started thinking about how to continue to play in the sector.     

While I was still ruminating the idea, I took up a teaching job but I was not comfortable.  In 2002, I told myself that I could do more than I was doing then.  So, in June 2002, I went to Fate Foundation to undertake a six months study on how to run a business. Immediately after my graduation, a chartered accountant who was my course mate and whom I had told that I have an experience in painting gave me a job to paint his office. Although I was still teaching, I accepted to do the job. I went there with him that very day and we did the estimation and the cost came to about N80, 000 or thereabout. Immediately, he gave me an advance payment of N28, 000. When I got home, I told my wife that I had graduated from Fate Foundation and that I was thinking of establishing a business but that I would need some money to take off.  I also told her of the painting job that I got and the N28, 000 advance payment.  She then told me that I already had money to take off if I were ready.  So, the second day after that discussion, I resigned from the teaching job.     

I started off on January 1, 2003, with the N28, 000.  I went to the market to buy the paints; I hired the labour that I needed and before you knew it, we were on the job.  The man was paying me in installments and we executed the job as the money was coming. Immediately we completed the job, we got another one and on and on we were getting busier by the day.  However, we didn?t do much in 2003 but we were able to buy a small machine in preparation for establishing a paint manufacturing company. We continued buying paints from the market to execute the jobs we were getting until 2004 when we started production.     

The terrain was very rough when we started but we were so determined. There were mistakes here and there but I kept learning on the job. Fate Foundation really tried for me. I attended their monthly training workshops; I also attended other training seminars that I knew of and read a lot of books on business management and entrepreneurship just develop myself further.     

In 2009, we registered the company as a Limited Liability Company. But our breakthrough came in 2011. A friend informed me about the You Win programme of the Federal Government that is meant to support small and medium enterprises that are not more than 40 years old.  I applied and the company was among the over 1000 businesses that got a N10 million grant from the Federal Government. That gave us the breakthrough and we have been able to establish firmly in the Nigerian paint making industry.      Presently, we have 15 people on our payroll unlike before when we had only three staff and were struggling to pay them.  We also have about 25 professional painters working with us but their payment depends on how we get painting jobs.     

Ten years on, how would you value the business monetarily?

I have said that the Federal Government gave me N10 million although it is coming in tranches and we are yet to get the entire sum.  But they have paid about 75 per cent of the amount.  When we take stock of our own efforts, the business is worth over N20 million. And we keep expanding every day.     

What initial challenges did you experience in the business?

Inexperience was a big challenge.   We did not really understand the nitty-gritty of the business and we made mistakes. There were times that we produced a particular paint and got it wrong completely. We didn?t have a laboratory to test the chemicals that we were buying.  So, we were just mixing those chemicals expecting that we would get a good result. If the thing turned bad, we went back to it again. So, we lost money, reputation, customers, and valuable time, among others.     

Generally, in the industry, there is the challenge of adulteration. People adulterate chemicals so you don?t get 100 per cent of what you want unless you understand the industry and have reliable sources that you buy from.     

What really helped me were the trainings and workshops that I attended. I was able to define what I wanted; I was able to draw my vision very clearly which is to become one of the top players in the industry in Nigeria. So, when the challenges were coming, they were not too difficult to contain because I could see the end from the beginning. I believed that I can do it and that I can do attitude helped me a lot. But above all, I am a Christian; I believe that the God factor has been there for me.     

What are your product variants currently?

We currently produce about 10 paint variants. We produce bright aluminum, dull aluminum, gloss (all colours), emulsion, gold, road marks, marine, floor paint, lawn and tennis paint.   But some of these products are manufactured on request.      We are very spe.  .  .  ed in gloss, emulsion, texture and satin.     

What about quality; have you been able to get it right?

We compete with top players.  That has been the vision and mission from day one. We have told ourselves that in the next five years, we want to be among the four top players in the industry. For you to be there, definitely you must compete with those who are occupying the slot currently.      And you compete with them by ensuring that your product is not sub-standard.     

Have your products got the certification of the necessary regulatory agencies like the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON)?

That is the area we are working on now. You know, in manufacturing, certification is just like someone is in the university; you need to graduate before you get the certificate. So, you have to start and then they have to see that you are in the market and the consistency in quality before receiving certification. But we are seriously working towards that.     

How have you been coping with the antics of competitors?

One good thing about business is that if you don?t have competitors, you are not likely to grow. We know our competitors; they are the top players but we are competing with them. But one good thing about this industry is that it is a very wide industry.  There is no price war in the industry.      Our competitors charge very high on their products and we take advantage of that to endear our products to the consumers. However, we don?t compromise on quality and that has got for us a strong customer base.     

How satisfying is the returns on your investment?

I believe that if started with N28, 000 and have been able to build the business up to this level, it is expanding. But this is not a Baba Ijebu business; it is not a business you invest in today and expect to reap returns tomorrow.  It is a long-term investment that needs to be monitored to maturity and we are still doing that.     

How would you assess the paint manufacturing industry in Nigeria?

The paint manufacturing industry in Nigeria is a very vibrant one. It keeps growing everyday because house building and other construction works keep coming up. When you talk about decorative paints, painting is one of the components of a standard house. Industrial paints, which we manufacture, also serve as raw materials to some companies without which they would not deliver their jobs.    So, paint is one product that people would continue to need.  You paint your car, house, ship, offices, church, etc. If you are not in the industry, you are most likely to think it is not vibrant but I can tell you that people buy paint like they buy sachet water in this country. The volume of cash that moves in the paint industry within a month is over N1 billion.     

Do you see the industry as still open for future investors?

The industry is very open for investments.  If 100 paint companies establish in Nigeria today, I can assure you that they will get good returns on their investments. But you must understand the industry. You must have the technical know-how, the capital outlay and knowledge about the market. I will even advise potential entrants into the industry to conduct a feasibility study and have a business plan.     The can also get good knowledge of the entire industry before going solo.     

What are your plans for expansion?

With the grant we got from the Federal Government, we already have a permanent plant so we are settled on that issue. At the moment, our products sell in five states in the country?Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Abia and Rivers. Our next plan is to have depots in all states of the federation and also create more job openings for Nigerians.   


   Adhesives (Multi-Purpose white glue, leather and rubber/PVC adhesives, polyester/car body filler, office gums, clear/swam glue, putty, super glue, gasket gum, casein glue, wall poly filler, cassava starch adhesives etc). 
   Beverages (Fruit juice, ice creams, fruit/flavoured drinks, standard yoghurt, zobo fruit drink, cocoa beverage powder, standard soya milk drink, full fat soya powder, custard powder, baking powders, ice lolly etc)
   Cosmetics (Spray perfume, hair shampoos, hair creams, moisturizing creams & lotions, deodorants & medicated powders, instant hair conditioners, nail polish cleaner etc). 
   Disinfectants (antiseptic disinfectants, germicides, toilet bowl cleaners, methylated spirit, hydrogen peroxides solution, liquid air refreshers, insecticides etc). 
   Auto Car Paints (Auto base, auto lux, auto cryl, auto flex, auto cellulose, auto primer etc). 
   Industrial Chemicals (Petroleum jelly, cobalt drier, zinc stearate, industrial perfume, white cement etc). 
   Printing Inks (Nylon ink, plastic/PVC inks, flexo ink, web-offset ink, corrugated corrugated carton ink, marker inks, textiles/fabrics ink, food grade/edible inks, gravure inks, UV inks, Tin/metal inks, flexographic inks etc). 
   Lubricants (Motor engine oils, Brake/clutch fluid, automatic transmission fluid(ATF), radiator coolant, chain lubricant, lubricating/penetrating oils, cutting oils, mould release agents, automobile gear oil, industrial gear oil, motorcycle engine oil etc). 
   Decorative Paints (Gloss, acrylic & normal Emulsion, textured, flexure, P.  O.  P Emulsion, marble, primers/antSoaps & Detergentsi-rusts etc). 
    Detergent(Bar/laundry, toilet, medicated/antiseptic, powder detergents, scouring powders, multi purpose liquid detergents, dish washing liquid, hand wash liquid, black herbal soap etc). 
   Office Stationeries (Toner ink, ribbon ink, stamp pad/endorsing inks, marker inks, artist paint/poster colour, black board renovator, school chalk & crayons etc). 
   Stain Removers (Fabric stain removers, domestic stain removers, organic & inorganic stain removers, tiles and marble stain removers, rust & paint removers, perfumed laundry bleach etc). 
   Wood finishes & Treatments (Laquer, stain, sanding sealer, primer, varnish, polish, cellulose, wood preservatives etc). 
   Greases (Sodium grease, calcium grease, white grease, graphic grease, lithium grease, axie grease etc). 
   Etc


   Where & how to source for Raw materials, Equipment, & Funds. 
   Rules of Chemical Business. 
   NAFDAC, SON (Standard organization of Nigeria) & DPR  Requirements and how to meet them. 
   Guide to registering your Chemical Business. 
   Loans and Business financing including 14 Alternative ways to raise capital without visiting the Bank. 
   Etc.   



Introduction ----------------------------------------- 1 - 2                        

Factors For Chemical Business Success ------ 2 - 4

Chemical Business Value Chain ----------------  5 - 11

Division Of The Chemical Business ------------ 12

Future Of The Industry --------------------------- 12– 13

How to Succeed in the Market ----------------  14 - 20

Major Important Factors To Consider In Formulating Any Chemical Product That Will Sell ----------------------------------------------- 21 – 22

Standard ways to Store and handle Chemicals --------23 - 25

Production ------------------------------------------- 26

Paint production ----------------------------------- 26 - 34

Automobile car paints

Cellulose Paints

Emulsion Paints

Flextured Paints

Floor Paints

Gloss Enamel Paints

Marble Trowel

Marine Paints

Poster Colours (Artist) Road Making Paints

Stoving Paints

Textured Paints

Wood Paints

Thinners & Retarders

Wall (crack) Fillers

Paint Removers



Lubricants ---------------------------------------------- 35 - 41     

Automatic Transmission fluid (ATF)

Brake &Clutch  fluid

Chain Lubricant

Cutting Oil

Engine Oil

Engine Oil  Coolant

Gear Oils

Hydraulic Oil


Machine Oil

Penetrating Oil

Radiator Coolant


Soap & Detergents ----------------------------------  42 - 51                            

Laundry (Bar) Soaps

Liquid Soaps/Detergents

Medicated Soaps

Powder Soaps

Toilet Soaps

Car Wash Liquid

Hand Wash/Shampoos

Toilet Cleaners

Industrial Soaps (Degreasers, dispersants, surfactants and Driers).


Printing Ink -------------------------------------------- 52- 59

Flexography Ink

Gravure Inks

Indelible Inks

Lithographic Inks

Newspaper Inks

Photocopy Inks

Screen Inks

Textile Inks

Computer Inks

Stamp Pad Inks

Writing Inks

Marker Inks


Adhesives ----------------------------------------------- 60 - 67

Casin Glue/Envelope Gum


Label Gum

Leather Gum

Office Gum

Gasket Gum

Textile Binder

Tile Glue

Polyester Body Filter



Silicon Glue

Stamp Gum

Sealing Wax

Veneering Glue

White Glue


Cosmetics ----------------------------------------------- 68 - 78


Bath Products (Salts, oils, essence etc)

Body Cream & lotions (moisture risers, skin care)

Dental  Products (toothpaste, powders etc)

Deodorant (Roll-on, Sticks Sprays)

Depilatory Products (Shaving Creams Powder etc)

Dyes &Colourants (Hair Colourants)

Hair Conditioners (Rinse, cream, styling Gel)

Hair Creams (Conditioner, Food, Anti dandruff)

Hair Relaxers

Hair Shampoos


Nail Products (Paints, Hardeners & Removers)

Rouges & Powders (Pancake, Face Powder)


Disinfectants --------------------------------------------- 79 - 86

Air Freshners

Antiseptics (e.g Dettol)

Germicide (e.gIzal)

Toilet Cleaner


Medical Disinfectants (MetylatedSpirit ,

Hydrogen Peroxide,

Gentyl Violet Solution

Calamine Lotion

Iodine Tincture


Stain removers ------------------------------------------87 -89

Fabric Stain Remover

Paints & Ink Remover

Bottle Washing Liquid

Strong Toilet Cleaner

Customized Floor Cleaner

Liquid  Bleach


Beverages ------------------------------------------------- 90 - 93

Alcoholic Beverages (Bear, Stout, wine, hot drinks etc)

Carbonated Soft drinks

Cocoa Beverages

Custard Powder

Fruit Juice

Flavoured Milk Ice Creams





Bathroom Cleaners ---------------------------------------94 – 104

Daily Shower Cleaner

Foaming Alkaline Bathroom Cleaner

Household Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Lime And Rust Remover

Mold Stain and Mildew Stain Remover

Soap Scum  Remover

Thickened Hydrochloric Acid Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Tub and Tile Cleaner


Farm Chemicals ------------------------------------------- 105 - 129                                                                                                                   

General Purpose Insect Killer

Organic Pesticide

Insect Killers  (Otapiapia)

Insect Repellants

Solid Fertilizer

Liquid Fertilizer

& Over 100 different product formulations, processing methods & Usage, Equipment & tools,quality Parameters, Raw material, useful tips and other Important Information.


Requirement For DPR Certification --------------------- 130 - 132

Basic Requirement For Product Certification By SON, NAFDAC & DPR

--------------------------------------------------------------------  133 – 134

Frequently Asked Question (SON) ----------------------  135 -138

Standard Organization of Nigeria Laboratories ------ 138 – 139

Standard Organization of Nigeria Certifications ----- 140-  152

General Guidelines For Prospective Manufacturer Of NAFDAC Regulated Products ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 153

How To Secure Fast Registration And Important Information

--------------------------------------------------------------------- 154 - 155

Guidelines For Registration Of Imported Food Products In
NigeriaNAFDAC/RR/004/00 -----------------------------  156 - 160

Guidelines For Importation Of Chemicals In Nigeria Directorate Of Narcotics & Control Substances Chemical Import Control NAFDAC/NCS/002/00

---------------------------------------------------------------------  161 -166

Production Business Plan Format -----------------------   167 – 173

Sample Production Business Plan -----------------------   174–188

How to build a product Brand ----------------------------   189– 193

100 Unconventional Sources of Capital for Chemical Business

---------------------------------------------------------------------   194 - 201

Important Institutions That You May Need To Succeed

---------------------------------------------------------------------   202 -205

Nigeria Free Trade Zones ----------------------------------- 205- 206

Directory Of Raw Material Suppliers -------------------- 206 -209

Directory Of Equipment & Tool Suppliers/Fabricators

-----------------------------------------------------------------------209 - 211

Source Of Labels, Containers & Cartons ---------------- 212 - 213

Local Sources Of Funds For MSME ----------------------- 214 – 214

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