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User convenience tops R&D targets in travel mugs


BPA-free ergonomic designs with one-handed opening mechanisms are on the rise.



  • More ergonomic constructions: Slim cylindrical travel mugs are contoured to fit the hand better. Several are fitted with a band of rubber at the middle for a more secure grip. A textured base or one with a nonslip pad prevents models from toppling over. Silicone seals on the lid stops leakage.
  • One-handed opening mechanisms: Travel mugs with flip-top caps and other features that allow users to drink without unscrewing or unsnapping the lid are increasing. Many recent releases can be opened and closed at the push of a button.
  • BPA-free materials: Responding to concerns about BPA, many makers are adopting stainless steel for insulated designs. Plastic models use PP or PS.
  • Aesthetic enhancements: China-made travel mugs are offered in various colors and motifs. Matte and glossy finishes are popular, with some designs even combining both for visual appeal.
  • Price forecast: With stainless steel and plastic costs anticipated to remain stable, increases in quotes will be kept within 5 percent in 1H12.

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 Travel mug

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ITIS Industry & Trade Co. Ltd
Model: MC-546
Description: Stainless steel; PP lid; 450mL capacity; various sizes and colors

 Travel mug

Yongkang Shiqiang Hardware Plastic Co. Ltd
Model: BL-5088
Description: PS; open/close button; anti-slip bottom pad; 380mL capacity

 Travel mug

Yongkang Xinliangdian Industry & Trading Co. Ltd
Model: XLD-VB016
Description: Double-wall construction; food-grade 201 or 304 stainless steel

 Travel mug

Zhejiang Eno Housewares Co. Ltd
Model: YN-Q50
Description: Double-wall construction; stainless steel; PP lid; 16oz capacity; various colors and sizes

 Travel mug

Zhejiang Meidasi Drinkware Co. Ltd
Model: DM-550H-1
Description: 304 stainless steel and ABS body; ABS handle; 12hr temperature retention; vacuumed disposal

 Travel mug

Zhejiang Shengshong Industry & Trade Co. Ltd
Model: ASD-16SPN
Description: PP, stainless steel; 16oz capacity

Note: This article "User convenience tops R&D targets in travel mugs" 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.

All price quotes in this report are in US dollars unless otherwise specified. FOB prices were provided by the companies interviewed only as reference prices at the time of interview and may have changed.

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