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Start Manufacturing Business of Steel Containers (Cargo Containers)

Capacity Cargo Containers (Size 20 Feet) 34 Nos Per Day Plant and Machinery cost 272.00 Lakhs
Working Capital 0.00 Rate of Return (ROR) 29.00 %
Break Even Point (BEP) 51.00 % TCI 0.00 Lakhs
Cost of Project 1992.00Lakhs


Steel cargo containers, also known as intermodal containers, are robust, rectangular storage units made primarily from high-strength corrugated steel. These industrial-grade boxes, typically 8 feet wide, 8.5 feet tall, and either 20 or 40 feet long, are designed to be easily transported between different modes of transport – from ship to rail to truck – without needing to unload and reload their cargo.  These containers are built to withstand the harsh realities of international shipping. Subjected to rough handling, varying weather conditions, and constant motion, they must be strong enough to protect valuable merchandise throughout its journey across the globe. Because of their durability and water-resistance, steel cargo containers are trusted to carry everything from electronics and appliances to clothing and furniture.

Designed with a standard size and shape, they can be stacked neatly like building blocks on cargo ships, making them the backbone of global trade. In fact, approximately 90% of all shipped goods worldwide are transported in cargo containers. Their uniformity means they can easily fit onto trucks, trains, and ships, and can be handled by standard equipment at ports around the world, promoting efficiency in global logistics.

Production of Steel Containers

The production of steel containers, such as cargo containers, involves a complex and multi-stage process. Here's a breakdown of each step in the production process:

1.       Unrolling & Cutting: The process begins with the unrolling of large steel coils. These steel sheets are then cut into the required sizes for the sides, roof, and floor of the container.

2.       Surface Treatment: The cut steel sheets undergo surface treatment to remove any impurities and to prepare them for further processing. This can include processes like sandblasting, which cleans and etches the surface.

3.       Corrugation: The steel sheets for the sides and sometimes the roof are corrugated. This corrugation process involves shaping the steel sheets into a wave-like pattern, which adds strength and rigidity to the container.

4.       Fabrication of Roof Panels: Separate roof panels are fabricated, often using a different process or material to optimize for strength and durability.

5.       Fabrication of Floor Braces: Floor braces are fabricated separately. These braces will support the container's floor and provide additional structural integrity.

6.       Different Stages of Welding: Various components of the container are welded together. This includes welding the sides to the frame, attaching the roof, and securing the floor braces.

7.       Door Frame Assembly: The door frame is assembled separately. It includes the frame, the locking mechanisms, and other components necessary for a functional door.

8.       Installation of Doors & Walls onto Floor Frame: The doors and corrugated walls are installed onto the floor frame. This step starts to bring the shape of the container together.

9.       Installation of Roof: The roof panel is installed onto the top of the container, completing the basic structure.

10.   Priming: The assembled container is primed to protect the steel and prepare it for painting. Priming helps in preventing corrosion.

11.   Painting: The container is painted, which adds another layer of corrosion protection and gives the container its final appearance.

12.   Installing Floor Panels & Door Hardware: The interior floor panels are installed, and the door hardware, such as locking mechanisms, is attached.

13.   Water Proofing & Corrosion Resistance: Additional waterproofing and corrosion resistance measures are applied. This may involve sealants and specialized coatings.

14.   Waterproof Testing & Final Inspection: The container undergoes waterproof testing to ensure it's airtight and watertight. A final inspection is conducted to ensure quality standards are met.

15.   Material Handling Systems Involved: Throughout this process, various material handling systems are used to move components and the container itself. This can include cranes, forklifts, and conveyor systems.

Each of these steps is crucial for ensuring the durability, strength, and longevity of the steel containers, making them suitable for transporting goods across long distances and various environmental conditions.

Uses and Applications

Steel containers, commonly known as cargo containers, are widely used in various industries due to their durability, versatility, and security. Here are some of the key uses and applications of steel containers:

Ø  Shipping and Transportation: The primary use of steel containers is for transporting goods across the globe. They are ideal for shipping due to their standardized sizes, making them easily stackable and transportable via ship, rail, and truck.

Ø  Storage: Steel containers provide secure and weatherproof storage solutions for businesses and individuals. They are often used on construction sites, in manufacturing, and by retailers for storing excess inventory, tools, equipment, and materials.

Ø  Modular Construction: Containers are increasingly being used in construction, serving as modular units for building homes, offices, and even hotels. They offer a cost-effective, eco-friendly, and fast alternative to traditional construction methods.

Ø  Emergency and Disaster Relief Housing: In the wake of natural disasters, steel containers can be quickly converted into emergency housing. They provide a sturdy and safe living space for those affected by disasters.

Ø  Portable Offices and Workspaces: Containers are converted into portable offices for use on construction sites, in remote locations, or as temporary office space during renovations.

Ø  Retail Spaces: Innovative businesses use steel containers as retail spaces, creating unique pop-up shops, cafes, and boutiques.

Ø  Art Studios and Workshops: Artists and craftsmen often convert containers into studios or workshops due to their affordability and the creative space they offer.

Ø  Farming and Gardening: Containers are used in urban agriculture as controlled environments for hydroponic and aquaponic systems. They can also serve as storage for farming equipment and supplies.

Ø  Recreational Spaces: Containers have been creatively transformed into recreational spaces like swimming pools, saunas, gyms, and playgrounds.

Ø  Military and Government Use: For military purposes, containers are used as transportable and secure storage units, mobile command centers, and temporary barracks.

Ø  Medical Facilities: In remote or disaster-stricken areas, containers can be outfitted as mobile clinics, laboratories, or pharmacies.

Ø  Data Centers: Some companies have started using steel containers to house portable and scalable data centers.

Ø  Cold Storage: Insulated containers are used in the food industry for transporting and storing perishable goods at controlled temperatures.

Ø  Event Spaces: Containers are often repurposed as stages, exhibition stands, and other structures for events and festivals.

These varied applications demonstrate the versatility and efficiency of steel containers in a wide range of sectors, making them a valuable asset in the global economy.

Global Market Outlook

Steel Containers Market Size was valued at USD 114.8 Billion in 2022. The steel containers market industry is projected to grow from USD 118.82 Billion in 2023 to USD 156.46 Billion by 2032, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.50% during the forecast period (2023 - 2032). A significant market driver that could fuel the expansion of steel containers is the rising need for steel containers in the food industry for use in the handling, storage, and transportation of various food items.

The steel container market expanded as a result of a rise in the demand for ship-borne cargo transportation. Due to advantages over other modes of transportation, including cost effectiveness and a more secure method of carrying products, there is an increasing demand for the movement of cargo by waterways. For instance, in September 2022, the European Union's statistics agency, Eurostat, with headquarters in Luxembourg, reported that the volume of road freight in Europe rose by 6.5% between 2020 and 2021, mostly due to robust growth in all types of operations. Furthermore, the International Air Transport Association reported in July 2021 that a disruption in the supply chain led to an increase in worldwide air cargo rates of 2.795/kg, or 55.9%, in 2020 compared to 2019. Furthermore, ships are able to transport more cargo between locations quickly. The market for steel containers is then anticipated to rise as a result.

Steel container markets are driven by technological developments that increase the usefulness and effectiveness of these containers. Innovative tracking and monitoring technologies can be installed on modern steel containers. The location, temperature, humidity, and security status of the container are all provided in real-time by these systems using GPS, RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification), and IoT (Internet of Things) technology. Because it enables businesses to monitor the movement and condition of their products throughout delivery, this level of visibility is essential for supply chain management.

The Asia-Pacific Steel Containers Market is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR from 2023 to 2032 because of the existence of expanding economies, rising disposable income, and brisk growth in the food, beverage, and chemical industries. China is anticipated to have a lead in terms of steel containers market share over the projection period, while ASEAN and India, which are expected to dominate the market, are also expected to develop significantly. Moreover, China’s steel containers market held the largest market share, and the Indian steel containers market was the fastest growing market in the Asia-Pacific region.


Starting a business centered on steel cargo containers offers an exciting opportunity to tap into a market ripe with potential. Not only will you be capitalizing on a growing trend, but you'll also be contributing to a more sustainable and innovative future. So why wait? Dive into the world of steel cargo containers and see what amazing opportunities await.

Key Players

        A.P. Moller and Maersk

        COSCO Shipping Development Co., Ltd.

        DCM Hyundai Ltd.

        J.K. Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

        AB Sea Container Pvt. Ltd.


        SCHÄFER Container Systems


        Eagle Stainless

        Ability Fabricators Inc.

        Eco Imprints

        Müller Holding GmbH & Co. KG

        THIELMANN - The Container Company


        Wada stainless industry


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  •    Production Schedule

  •    Land & Building

            Factory Land & Building

            Site Development Expenses

  •    Plant & Machinery

             Indigenous Machineries

            Other Machineries (Miscellaneous, Laboratory etc.)

  •    Other Fixed Assets

            Furniture & Fixtures

            Pre-operative and Preliminary Expenses

            Technical Knowhow

            Provision of Contingencies

  •   Working Capital Requirement Per Month

             Raw Material

            Packing Material

            Lab & ETP Chemical Cost

           Consumable Store

  •   Overheads Required Per Month And Per Annum

         Utilities & Overheads (Power, Water and Fuel Expenses etc.)

             Royalty and Other Charges

            Selling and Distribution Expenses

  •    Salary and Wages

  •    Turnover Per Annum

  •   Share Capital

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            Preference Share Capital


  •    Annexure 1:: Cost of Project and Means of Finance

  •    Annexure 2::  Profitability and Net Cash Accruals


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                RONW (Average of Share Capital)

                ROI (Average of Total Assets)

  •    Annexure 6 :: Profitability ratios


                Earnings Per Share (EPS)


             Debt Equity Ratio

        Annexure 7   :: Break-Even Analysis

                Variable Cost & Expenses

                Semi-Var./Semi-Fixed Exp.

                Profit Volume Ratio (PVR)

                Fixed Expenses / Cost 


  •   Annexure 8 to 11:: Sensitivity Analysis-Price/Volume

            Resultant N.P.B.T

            Resultant D.S.C.R

   Resultant PV Ratio

   Resultant DER

  Resultant ROI

          Resultant BEP

  •    Annexure 12 :: Shareholding Pattern and Stake Status

        Equity Capital

        Preference Share Capital

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       Expected Sales/ Revenue/ Income of Products/ Services/ Items   

  •    Annexure 14 :: Product wise domestic Sales Realisation

  •    Annexure 15 :: Total Raw Material Cost

  •    Annexure 16 :: Raw Material Cost per unit

  •    Annexure 17 :: Total Lab & ETP Chemical Cost

  •    Annexure 18  :: Consumables, Store etc.,

  •    Annexure 19  :: Packing Material Cost

  •    Annexure 20  :: Packing Material Cost Per Unit

  •    Annexure 21 :: Employees Expenses

  •    Annexure 22 :: Fuel Expenses

  •    Annexure 23 :: Power/Electricity Expenses

  •    Annexure 24 :: Royalty & Other Charges

  •    Annexure 25 :: Repairs & Maintenance Exp.

  •    Annexure 26 :: Other Mfg. Expenses

  •    Annexure 27 :: Administration Expenses

  •    Annexure 28 :: Selling Expenses

  •    Annexure 29 :: Depreciation Charges – as per Books (Total)

  •   Annexure 30   :: Depreciation Charges – as per Books (P & M)

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  •   Annexure 32   :: Depreciation Charges - As per IT Act WDV (P & M)

  •   Annexure 33   :: Interest and Repayment - Term Loans

  •   Annexure 34   :: Tax on Profits

  •   Annexure 35   ::Projected Pay-Back Period And IRR