- Published on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 16:11
Suppliers prefer the metal because its malleability and low cost make it suitable for custom designs.
- Material options: Zinc alloy leads material choices as it is strong yet malleable enough to be molded into different shapes and sizes. The metal also costs 10 to 20 percent less than alternatives. The other input options include aluminum, iron and tin alloy. Stainless steel, brass, copper and bronze are often used in upscale designs.
- Logo application: The printing method typically depends on the complexity of the design. Most suppliers use silk-screening as it yields colorful patterns. Punching and laser-engraving are less costly but are not suitable for polychromatic logos. The latter takes longer because it is often done manually.
- Embellishments: For enhanced visual appeal, makers are incorporating decorative elements. Releases can be adorned with imitation jewelry, woven bands, plastic, leather or metal.
- OEM-dominated line: The majority of industry players are small and midsize companies that rely on buyer specifications for their designs. In general, more than 80 percent of China-made metal keychains are customized.
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