- Published on Monday, 29 October 2012 16:40
Makers are paying attention to toxicity levels, durability and aesthetics.
- Novelty appearance: Although round jumping balls still dominate the line, models in animal shapes such as tiger, horse and dog are on the rise. In addition to boosting visual appeal, the four-legged design helps children keep their balance while on the toys.
- Nontoxic materials: Since most suppliers export to the US and the EU, they test products for heavy metals and phthalates to comply with these markets’ safety regulations. Many companies are using ATBC plasticizers for their reduced phthalate content. Over half of output comes in nontoxic PVC, although it costs 15 percent more than the regular variety.
- Greater durability: To strengthen jumping balls and prevent them from exploding, input thickness is raised from 1 to 1.5mm. Resultant pieces support up to 200kg. Rubber-PVC blends are increasingly employed as well.
- Sales & price forecasts: Despite slower demand due to the EU debt crisis, the rebound in the US economy is seen to boost orders. This leads to a modest prediction of a 10 percent jump in shipments by end-2012. More inquiries are expected from alternative destinations. Quotes will climb 5 percent.
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