The second installment of this three-part series looks into the city’s camping tent sector.
Home to at least 1,000 suppliers, Ningbo accounts for more than 20 percent of China’s tent exports each year. During the 11-month period ending November 2011, the city shipped more than $226 million worth, contributing 25 percent to the country’s overseas sales.
Cabin, dome, A-frame, tunnel, dome/tunnel hybrid, geodesic and single-hoop constructions are available from the area, with the first two the most popular. Several come in single- and double-wall versions.
Polyester and nylon are the primary choices for flysheets and inner tents. To make the fabrics water-resistant, most makers prefer using PU as the coating since it surpasses PA in terms of softness, breathability and wear resistance. In addition, certain designs are treated to withstand UV rays.
The floors are made of PE. Some come with a layer of nondeforming sponge.
Models that can be set up on car roofs are also available. Most are made of canvas, and bundled with wider poles and ladders. The base is typically in aluminum.
Priced at least $5, camping tents from Ningbo are available in various hues, depending on the target market. Among designs for the younger demographic, bright colors such as green, yellow and orange are common. Some feature a colorway of up to three shades.
In line with the environmental protection trend, the latest constructions include variants with flysheets and floors made of recycled PET. The material is extracted from old plastic water and cola bottles.
More models with living areas large enough to accommodate 10 people are also on hand. Among these are constructions with three bedrooms and one living room. Porches are present in some products.
To enhance user comfort and convenience, several makers are incorporating accessories such as mesh curtains, storage pockets and hooks for hanging lanterns. Some offer reflective tape on the tent exterior for greater safety during nighttime use.
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