Recent bathroom fixtures are equipped with more water-saving and ergonomic features.
China suppliers of bathroom ﬁxtures continue to move toward high-value manufacturing. Rising external demand and production outlay are encouraging more companies to fortify their positions in the midrange and upscale segments, which have better margins.
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In R&D, this strategy has led to the advancement of environment-friendly designs. Greater user safety and convenience are also highlights of recent releases.
Showerhead manufacturers, for example, are increasing the number of aerated models in their selections. Such products provide water savings of at least 10 percent by adding air to the spray and increasing its velocity by 20 to 30 percent.
In the high end, suppliers are introducing more designs ﬁtted with LED lights that turn green, blue or red, depending on the water temperature. Some of these have controllers that can be programmed to remember preferred heat and cold water levels, and a few have MP3 playback functions.
The unit’s lights turn green when water temperature is 32 C or lower, blue when it is between 33 and 41 C, and red for higher levels.
In simpler bathroom ﬁttings such as towel holders and grab bars, the trend for greater safety and convenience is reﬂected in the increasing number of fold-up or down constructions. Anti-slip designs are also on the rise.
Showerheads, hoses & panels: The showerhead selection comprises overhead and handheld types. Most come in ABS, but models in other materials are also available.
For handheld designs, domestic ABS is the material most often used. The use of imported grades is limited to upscale versions since the materials are 20 to 30 percent costlier than local types.
Models are offered starting at $1. Those not exceeding $4 are typically chrome-plated, while higher-priced versions can come with a nickel ﬁnish. Units with LED lights to indicate temperature levels go for at least $5.
Hoses may be bundled with each showerhead. These come in plastic such as PVC and EDPM, but some can have a metal exterior. Designs are usually 1.5 to 1.8m long.
Prices range from $0.30 to $30 per piece, depending mainly on the materials adopted. Metal types are 10 to 20percent more expensive than those made of plastic.
Shower panels often come with at least one showerhead and a 1.5m hose. Sets between $50 and $80 are mostly aluminum types with three spray jets. Upward to $200, models are made of 304 stainless steel and ﬁtted with four to six jets.
Grab bars, towel & toilet paper holders: These bathroom ﬁxtures are primarily in metal.
For grab bars, the 200 and 300 stainless steel grades dominate. Chrome electroplating is the typical ﬁnish.
Models between $5 and $12 come in the 201 or 202 types with a tube diameter of 25 to 32mm. Larger designs made of the 304 or 306 variety are $12.50 or higher.
In towel and toilet paper holders, the selection includes aluminum, zinc, stainless steel and copper designs. Quotes start at $2 and may exceed $10.
Soap holders & dispensers: Soap holders are commonly meant for household use, while dispensers target commercial areas such as hotels, ofﬁce buildings, plazas and shopping malls.
In the former, models constructed from plastic such as ABS and PP are priced at least $0.30, while those in aluminum, steel or copper start at $2. Soap dispensers usually exceed $15.
Note: This article "Upmarket movement remains strong in bathroom fixtures line" was originally published by Global Sources, a leading business-to-business media company and a primary facilitator of trade with China manufacturers and India suppliers, providing essential sourcing information to volume buyers through our e-magazines, trade shows and industry research.
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