This is always a good question. How much do you need and how much can you afford and still run an operation to top level efficiency are two different questions.
One big mistake to avoid when building a new building block or interlocking paving stone plant, is not to under estimate the future finished inventory yard space to store the building blocks and pacers. This is mainly caused for three reasons.
#1 Reason is in today’s world one brick machine can make a wide variety of products with a simple mold change. For example with most machines I provide, a producer can be making several types of products in the same day. In the morning they can be producing building blocks, make a quick ten-minute and in the afternoon be making retaining wall units. The next morning they might be making paving stones. Fully Automatic Block Making Machine
The good news is the producer saves a lot of money having to purchase only one machine to produce a wide variety of products. The challenge is to plan your inventory reserves so you enough products in stock to supply your customers when they need products. Because you only have one machine to produce all the products manufactured, the plant will require additional inventory space.
#2 Reason is the foresight to predict how large your business will grow. I have seen many of my customers start with one block machine and today have five and now don’t have the space to store all the products and volume those machines can produce.
#3 Reason is plain and simple, the cost may be too expensive or producers may not have the resources to afford more land or be available.
If any of these situations happen, it can greatly affect the growth of your business in years to come. An accurate space design can end up saving your business in years to come.
If you start the business and two years later you don’t have space to inventory products you are facing a serious problem. You need to have the products in stock for your customers or they will go to your competitor and buy them. Plan ahead and don’t get yourself landlocked on your growth potential.
Generally, it’s ideal to build your plant next to a piece of property where you can have an option to purchase or lease the land in the future. You don’t want to limit the growth of your company by having limited space.