The province’s strategic location and well-developed support infrastructure fortify its status as China's top production center for the line.
An advantageous geographic location, a solid transportation system and abundant resources bolster Zhejiang’s position as the top production center for stationery supplies in China. Home to more than 4,000 makers, the province accounts for approximately 70 percent of the country’s output, generating $7.5 billion in revenue each year.
The province’s location at the eastern coast of the nation has proven beneficial for exports as it provides convenient access to international buyers. The area’s developed air- and seaports help companies ensure well-timed deliveries. Air terminals in Hangzhou, Yiwu, Quzhou, Ningbo, Wenzhou, Taizhou and Zhoushan connect the hub to more than 150 domestic and overseas destinations.
The last four cities, together with Jiaxing, host major docks with a total handling capacity exceeding 310 million tons. Zhejiang also leverages its network of roads, bridges and train lines. Highways cover up to 47,000 kilometers, of which about 1,500 kilometers are expressways and 2,500 kilometers are first-grade. Both classifications accommodate a daily average surpassing 10,000 small cars. Four railways are likewise fortifying land connections, namely Shanghai-Hangzhou, Xiaoshan-Ningbo, Xuancheng-Hangzhou and Jinhua-Wenzhou. These gateways provide suppliers easy access to material and service providers.
The province’s extensive chain of auxiliary industries is another advantage. These include several factories dedicated to general assembly, surface treatment and packaging. There are also hundreds of plastic-processing and molding companies. Specialists capable of pad, offset and relief printing, embossing and silk-screening are likewise within reach. Cutting and folding may be farmed out as well.
Manufacturers in the area have immediate access to key materials. The hub boasts an abundant supply of plastic. Paper, metal, rubber and fabrics can be easily obtained in Zhejiang as well.
Because of these favorable conditions, the province’s supplier base has grown to become the largest in the country. Although this gives the hub an edge, the situation also promotes intense price rivalry. Such competition pushes some makers to turn to substandard manufacturing inputs and services as a means of lowering quotes.
To sustain profitability, several enterprises are increasing product value to separate themselves from industry rivals. Calculator suppliers, for instance, are intensifying output of multifunction units. Erasable pens and stationery sets with varying inclusions are other examples.