- Published on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 17:24
Manufacturers highlight environment-friendly materials and unconventional structures to boost competitiveness.
- Bamboo products gain ground: More makers are using bamboo as an alternative material because it is lightweight and durable. The grass is also easily accessible and fast-growing, allowing for quicker replenishment. Wood and ABS, however, continue to be the mainstream inputs.
- Unconventional structure: Several suppliers are deviating from the traditional box and board kinds, and launching sorters in atypical shapes. These include models that resemble clocks, houses, animals, vehicles and wheels.
- Educational features: Manufacturers are integrating bead mazes and puzzles to promote cognitive development further. Many models also teach numbers and the alphabet. Some battery-operated units come with interactive and audio functions.
- Increased safety: To avoid choking hazards, companies are ensuring pieces are big enough not to be swallowed. Sharp edges are likewise eliminated. Some makers are releasing products in EVA foam and fabric, which are soft and suitable for younger children. For the coloring, suppliers are employing nontoxic dyes. In addition, overseas-bound designs are required to meet EN 71 and ASTM F963 standards.
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