- Published on Monday, 24 December 2012 17:06
The second installment in this three-part series looks at the products that can be sourced from the area.
Supported by a comprehensive supply network and a skilled labor force, Guangdong’s sanitaryware industry offers a wide range of bathroom sinks, bathtubs and toilets. Models for various price points are available.
For the first line, the selection comprises round, oval, quadrate and irregularly shaped basins. Pedestal, above-the-counter, and under- and wall-mount styles are available.
Offered starting at $10, most products are made of locally sourced kaolin strengthened with materials such as bentonite and wollastonite. Their surfaces are glazed for a smooth, often glossy finish.
Glass and natural stone sinks go for at least $30. The former use tempered glass, while natural stone versions are made of marble or granite.
Faucets, traps, valves and other accessories may be bundled. These are often outsourced, although some large sanitaryware suppliers can produce them in-house.
In the bathtub segment, freestanding styles dominate output. Designs come in acrylic, artificial stone or ceramic, and starts at $60. Rectangular and oval products are popular, but irregular forms are offered as well. For the finish, models adopt a glossy or matte shade of white.
Tubs have a minimum length and width of 1,500 and 700mm, respectively. Their height ranges from 540 to 880mm.
For whirlpools, the selection includes models for indoor and outdoor installation. Quotes start at $1,200.
Releases support various massage modes. In addition, many are equipped with ozone generators and filtration systems. LED lights are likewise present in several units.
Models for upscale homes, hotels and other commercial establishments are often furnished with an LCD or LED screen. The monitors are sourced from local or overseas-based companies such as Sony and LG Display.
For toilets, one- and two-piece constructions are offered. With prices starting at less than $35, most are made of ceramic and covered with glaze that prevents water absorption and yields a smooth finish. Upscale pieces may have an anti-bacterial coating. Designs offering light and heavy flush options using 3 and 6L abound.
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