Enhancements emphasize scent longevity, health and ecological advantages, and aesthetics.
China suppliers of car air fresheners and purifiers have a positive outlook on exports amid the gradual recovery of the global economy and the expanding domestic automotive market. To take advantage of users’ rising interest in in-car environment, makers are combining various technologies to produce healthful models with longer-lasting nontoxic fragrances and visually appealing
In air fresheners, many enterprises are focusing efforts on solid variants, the newest among the different types. By adjusting the formula and volatilization of the perfume, several have come up with designs that can last up to six months, which is twice the lifespan of older versions.
The rally for green products is encouraging the adoption of essential oils abstracted purely from plants, making these toxic-free. Upscale odor neutralizers adopt phytoncides.
In addition, many companies are offering refillable models. Such designs now account for about 80 percent of solid variants. These constitute the bulk of liquid types as well.
Besides solid options, paper air fresheners are gaining more traction in line with the environmental protection movement. Already dominating exports to North America and the EU, the products are biodegrable, making disposal convenient after their fragrance fades in 20 to 30 days.
As regards air purifiers, ionizing functions are now standard in recent releases. Further, most employ multiple filtration systems, usually high-efficiency particulate air and electrostatic precipitator types.
The combination of air-cleaning technologies allows these upscale designs to remove as much as 99.9 percent of particulates 0.1μm or larger. Elimination of dust and other minute particles in the car is completed in five to 15 minutes.
Similar to fresheners, purifiers are keeping up with the green trend by adopting PV power. Solar-powered devices currently account for about 20 percent of output.
Throughout the integration of various functions, aesthetics remains a major R&D consideration in both car air fresheners and purifiers since users also view these products as in-car decor. In line with this, several companies have released models with silver, gold or another metal plating, while some adopt rhinestones.
A few makers hava aquired licenses to feature popular TV or movie characters on their designs. FOB prices of such products are at least 20 percent higher than those not requiring the use of intellectual property.
Models in this category usually come in spray, liquid or solid state, with fragrances ranging from floral and fruity to botanic and natural. Designs bound for the EU and North America are often in light scents similar to cologne.
Most suppliers manufacture the bottles and other containers in-house but outsource the perfume. Fragrances for low-end and midrange types are sourced within China, typically from Guangdong and Zhejiang provinces. Essences of upscale variants, on the other hand, are frequently imported from the US, Europe and Southeast Asia.
Among the various air fresheners, liquid options in plastic, glass or ceramic containers are the most popular.
Low-end models with 5 to 30mL capacity are priced from $0.40 to $2 per piece. These have fragrances that can last between two and six months.
Upscale designs hold 20 to 50mL, although some contain 100mL. At $3 to $10, such products feature scents that endure up to one year.
In spray fresheners, variants usually come in 100 to 200mL plastic or aluminum bottles. These are priced a minimum of $0.70 per piece.
Solid car air fresheners comprise several forms, including gel, cream and pearls, which are often in iron or plastic containers. The first two work by volatilizing into the air, while the pearls diffuse fragrance. Scents last from one to four months.
Also a solid type, paper air fresheners are usually 4 to 8cm wide and 8 to 12cm long. Available between $0.10 and $0.50, these remain fragrant for 20 to 30 days.
Other solid variations include plastic articles, plush toys and fabric flowers that range from $0.20 to $2 per piece.
Of this group, plastic designs are the most common. They are colorful, transparent or opaque, and formed into animals, fruit or plants with scents that can last about one month.
Car air purifiers from China are typically electric types utilizing ionizer, nanophotocatalyst, UV, HEPA, ESP, activated carbon technology or a combination of these.
Priced below $10, entry-level models are fitted with a single filter in activated carbon, paper, fabric or foam. These can generate 600,000 to 1 million anions per cubic centimeter and 0.03ppm of ozone, allowing it to remove 90 percent of particulates in the air. Consuming less than 5W, these are suited to areas 3m3 and smaller.
In midrange models, a combination of activated carbon, nanophotocatalyst and UV light is frequently used. Designed for 3 to 10m3 spaces, such variants use 3 to 8W.
Purifiers in this line can generate 1 to 3 million anions per cubic centimeter and 0.05ppm of ozone. In addition, those with ESP plates can collect particulates 0.01μm in size.
Priced from $11 to $30, units usually come with cigarette lighter and USB plugs. Fragrance is optional.
Similarly fitted with multiple air cleaning systems, high-end models go for $31 to $100 per unit. These can be used in a 10 to 20m3 space, powered by 5 to 15W.
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