Your Own Microfactory
Grow With Us
Feel good about the business you own.
A Global Deployment of Microfactories:
ChopValue’s decentralized approach to scale positive impact.
The World Economic Forum forecasts that the circular economy could yield $4.5 trillion in economic benefits by 2030. More consumers are becoming conscious about the impact their purchases make on the environment.
At ChopValue, We're leading the change with our innovative process for a greener future.
Over 1.5 billion disposable chopsticks are used worldwide every week, traveling thousands of kilometers for a single use, and then straight to the landfill. We have a responsibility to do better.
Add a ChopValue Microfactory to your community
We envision building a network of distributed micro manufacturing opportunities, allowing you to do your part of becoming more resource efficient in your local community. We are looking for urban harvesters with an understanding and excitement to give under utilized resources a second life.
Chopsticks are harvested locally, diverted from landfills and sent to your Microfactory.
Products are produced using lean manufacturing techniques at your microfactory.
Shipped To Customers
Beautiful circular economy products
are shipped to customers in your area.
how It Works
ChopValue Microfactory Concept
The production line is subdivided into our CV proprietary core equipment and the remanufacturing machinery from resource to finished end product for your community.
Inviting Value-Aligned Development Partners
People who don't take themselves too seriously, but understand that we are working on a severely important issue in making a circular economy the norm moving forward. While developing a brand that is built on design simplicity, efficiency, and timeless features, we aim to provide thought leadership for our partners and clients.
LEAN, EFFICIENT, MADE LOCAL – wherever you are.
Become A ChopValue Partner
We welcome the best business partners with the right values to connect with us and explore the opportunity to own your own ChopValue Microfactory: develop a market through multi-unit development, a city or region as a development partner, or a country as an area development partner.
Flexible models are available to fit any market, including our turnkey flagship model to collect, manufacture, design, and distribute your own products, ranging in size from 1,250-3,500 sq. ft., with 2200 sq. ft. being the prototypical space. We also offer unique ChopValue Machinery (core machinery) only, if existing wood processing machinery is accessible (upon review and approval) - either as an extension of your existing business in the secondary wood manufacturing industry, or if you prefer to stay flexible within your setup.
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See A Sneak Peak Into A Microfactory
The timeline of the process is dependent on the applicant. We take the process at your pace, so if you would like to get it done as quickly as possible we can support that, and if you want to take your time with each step we are happy to accommodate this as well. It’s important to us that you are comfortable with each step, feeling even more motivated to make a difference in your community. It can take as little as 3 months (North America) depending on how well both parties are prepared before entering an agreement.
The projected development cost is dependent on multiple variables and can have a wide range. We typically land between US$145,000 – $385,000 for an all-in cost, depending if you are building on top of an existing business or from the ground up.
The range of development cost is due primarily to the varying site conditions and square footage (such as from a 500 square foot pop-up space to a 2,500 square foot space full size Microfactory location).
Locations that have previously been used as studios, commercial or light industrial units may have necessary infrastructure in place such as electrical service, etc. This existing infrastructure reduces your development costs.
For a general breakdown of costs, please fill out an application and join us for a personalized info session.
The initial license fee is US$65,000 plus applicable taxes, with an ongoing 6% royalty fee and 2-3% cooperative advertising and branding fund. For information on fees and concept structure on area development deals, please get in touch with us for more information.
The minimum cash requirement ranges between US$150,000 – $385,000.
From community building (market entry and partnership guidelines), administrative support in accounting, hiring and inventory management leading up to your opening day with our operational support after you start production, we are here every step of the way through weekly check-in calls as well as instant communications. A minimum of 3 days on-site training after equipment installation is provided by our training staff (engineers, production lead, business development) to make sure that you are well versed in running your own ChopValue Microfactory.
No, you don’t — our Microfactory owners come from a diverse set of backgrounds, but all with a shared vision to make a positive impact in their local community. While experience in trades may be helpful, The ChopValue Microfactory concept seeks partners that have a drive for success and a willingness to learn and follow our operating manuals. Our in-house experts with over 15 years of experience in manufacturing and product development will train you in all aspects of running a successful Microfactory.
This entirely depends on your definition of success: Typically, a Microfactory will need a minimum 60-75 restaurant collection partners, which would result in around 300-450kg of chopsticks per week. In denser areas, larger malls and food courts can provide a significant amount of chopsticks. We will share all of our community building material with you, and every collection partner is featured on the ChopValue website.
We are looking for partners partners across North America, Europe, and Asia. Both single Microfactories and multi-unit master area development deals are available. The proven success of our business model allows you to run multiple units as a Microfactory network in the right markets.
By being part of the ChopValue Manufacturing network, you will have access to all marketing material, assets, photography and brand visuals that are in constant development by ChopValue. We will provide comprehensive guidance to help you create your localized marketing plan, and also share a library of sales enablement tools to help with your business development efforts. In addition, being part of our distributed manufacturing network means that you will be able to participate in our order distribution system, serving national and international clients that have established relationships with ChopValue corporate.
You are required to hire 1 Production Lead and 1 Community Builder at the beginning of the operation, who will receive training from us directly. A single-shift Microfactory production site employs in average 5-7 staff, but you can hire your team as your growth demands.