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In 2004, the federal government of Nigeria banned the importation of finished toilet roll, serviette and face tissue in order to encourage local production of the product and create the much needed employment.
Though much as been achieved in terms of local production, the market is still experiencing a deficit in supply.

The nations annual toilet roll requirement as been estimated at 905 million units out of which local production can only meet about 800 million units. The short fall in supply translate to a market gap estimated at about three hundred and seventy five million (N 375,000,000) annually in revenue and an investment opportunity for savvy investors to exploit.

Opportunities also exist for the recycling of waste paper into jumbo reels used as raw material for the production of toilet rolls.

The demand for toilet roll would continue to expand as the standard of living of the over one hundred and forty million (140,000,000) population growing at the rate of 5. 7% per annum continues to grow.

Toilet paper is a soft paper product (tissue paper) used to maintain personal hygiene after human defecation or urination. However, it can also be used for other purposes such as absorbing spillages or craft projects. It differs in composition somewhat from facial tissue, and is designed to decompose in septic tanks, whereas some other bathroom and facial tissues do not.

The toilet roll production plant is a stationary one to be sourced locally. The plant is made up of the core cutting machine, core gluing machine, jumbo reel winding machine and band saw cutting machine.

The plant would be sourced from an experienced fabricator of plants in Nigeria, hence, the durability of the plant and spare parts would not be a problem.

The production of toilet rolls involves the following processes. First, the core paper is fed into the core making machine from two different rolls and glue applied. The core pipe length is determined and cut. Jumbo reels are then fed into the jumbo reel making machine with the core pipe from the core making machine.

The jumbo reel sheets are wound or wrapped round the reel to be made. The jumbo reel sheets are wound or wrapped round the core pipe automatically by the reel to be made.

This is now sent to the band cutting machine where the toilet rolls paper is cut into the desired market size. The cut toilet rolls are then manually wrapped and packaged in cellophane wraps, stapled and sent to the store, ready for sale.

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