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Slides with improved safety, aesthetics top R&D trends in outdoor playground equipment line

Design enhancement endeavors are steered toward child safety and fancy structures.


  • Durable, nontoxic materials: Makers prefer plastic to metal because the input does not retain heat and costs less. To ensure quality, suppliers adopt LLDPE from South Korea. The material is wear- and UV-resistant, and flame-retardant. For the coating, companies are using BASF paint from Germany, which is nontoxic and colorfast. Metal models utilize 2 or 3mm galvanized steel panels. These are strong and withstand rusting.
  • Child safety: Most releases are either half-cylindrical or tubular, and have platforms with safety fences to prevent falls. Rubber-padded metal parts and protective nets reduce the risk of injuries as well.
  • Fancy designs: Models often have a flat or wavy surface, and are available in straight, spiral or tubular configuration. Double slides are likewise offered. To boost visual appeal, makers are adopting playful themes such as cartoon characters, zoos, jungle, underwater and tree houses. Multisection releases that incorporate swings, monkey bars, basket hoops, climbers and seesaws are also popula

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All price quotes in this report are in US dollars unless otherwise specified. FOB prices were provided by the companies interviewed only as reference prices at the time of interview and may have changed.

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