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Product utility, safety get a boost in resistance bands and tubes

Accessories increase the line’s versatility. EN 71-compliant and PAHs-free materials are used.

China suppliers of resistance bands and tubes are accelerating differentiation efforts to reduce the vulnerability of sales and margins to raw material costs. In particular, makers are insulating themselves against fluctuating rubber rates, which are heavily dependent on the weather conditions in key production areas.

  
Resistance band
  The model FB101 resistance band from Shanghai Zhensheng can stretch up to seven times its original length.

China suppliers of resistance bands and tubes are accelerating differentiation efforts to reduce the vulnerability of sales and margins to raw material costs. In particular, makers are insulating themselves against fluctuating rubber rates, which are heavily dependent on the weather conditions in key production areas.

Many companies are increasing the value of the gear as a fitness tool by bundling in complementary accessories. Stability balls and waist trimmers are popular add-ons. In some high-end sets, exercise guides and instructional DVDs are included.

A number of makers are differentiating their designs by obtaining certificates of compliance with EN 71 and other international standards. This entails using materials free of phthalates, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and other compounds harmful to human health and the environment.

Gymrite Shanghai Ltd offers models that meet EN 71 requirements. Designs from Haiyang Libenli Body-Building Apparatus Co. Ltd and Shanghai Powertao Fitness Equipment Manufacturer Co. Ltd bear the CE mark.

QC systems are also being upgraded. Besides checking colorfastness, several suppliers carry out a durability test that involves pulling the band or tube to twice its size 10,000 times. Resistance to temperatures between 0 and 120 F is also evaluated.

Some enterprises are engaging in niche marketing under efforts to make their products stand out. For the young demographic, such companies are releasing models with higher tension levels. Designs that provide lighter resistance target the geriatric segment and those requiring physical therapy.

For the promotional sector, makers are expanding the range of colors in their selections. Options are typically based on the Pantone system.

As regards geographic markets, North America and the EU are the main targets in coming months. At most companies, the two areas account for 50 percent or more of overseas orders. Some suppliers are also eyeing opportunities in Eastern Europe and Asia.

Suppliers are looking forward to strong sales in the months ahead. A number are anticipating at least 10 percent growth in exports.


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Products & prices

Resistance bands and tubes from China go for less than $10. Quotes depend on the raw materials adopted and the bundled accessories.

Most models are made of natural latex, although synthetic rubber and TPR versions are available as well. Designs at the lower end of the price spectrum typically use latex from Yunnan or Hainan province, while midrange types utilize grades from Thailand and Indonesia. Upscale variants employ materials from Malaysia.

Exercise bands are exported in rolls or cut to size. In the latter, models come in lengths of 1.2 to 2m and widths of 12 to 15cm. The thickness ranges from 0.15 to 11.2mm.

For resistance tubes, the selection includes designs with one or multiple lengths of tubing between handles. Models have inner and outer diameters of 6 to 9mm and 8 to 12mm, respectively.

Loop-shaped types are available as well. These are 46 to 110mm in diameter and 0.35 to 1.3mm thick.

Exercise bands and tubes are categorized as light, medium, heavy and extra heavy depending on their resistance.

Current prices are about 5 percent higher than levels at the end of 2010. Quotes for the rest of the year will be subject to the fluctuation in natural rubber costs, both in China and overseas.

In March, after the earthquake in Japan, rates for the material exceeded $5,000 per ton. This is more than 15 percent lower than levels in January.

  
Resistance bands and loops
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GymRite (Shanghai) Ltd

Model: 09002
MOQ: 1,000 pieces
Delivery: 20 days
Description: Resistance bands and loops; natural latex; bands: 1,800x150x0.15 to 0.95mm; loops: 1 to 15cm width, 46 to 110cm diameter, 0.35 to 1mm thickness; EN 71

  
Resistance tube set


GymRite (Shanghai) Ltd

Model: Tube Set
MOQ: 1,000 sets
Delivery: 20 days
Description: Resistance tube set; natural latex; includes three, four or five tubes, two handles, one door anchor; OPP bag packaging; EN 71

  
Resistance band


Haiyang Libenli Body-Building Apparatus Co. Ltd

Model: RB60510-61580
MOQ: 2,000 pieces
Delivery: 20 days
Description: Resistance band; Malaysia-sourced natural latex; 1.6x12cmx0.3mm; PP bag packaging; CE

  
Resistance tube


Haiyang Libenli Body-Building Apparatus Co. Ltd

Model: Latex Tube
MOQ: 2,000 pieces
Delivery: 20 days
Description: Resistance tube: Malaysia-sourced natural latex; color and size can be customized; PP bag packaging; CE

  
Resistance band


Rise Group Co. Ltd

Model: RS-FBH01
MOQ: 3,000 pieces
Delivery: 40 days
Description: Resistance band; natural latex; 0.25 to 0.65mm thickness; pull- and heat-tested; polybag or gift box packaging

  
Resistance tube


Shanghai Jian & Mei Industry and Trade
Co. Ltd

Model: JMLET
MOQ: 5,000 pieces
Delivery: 20 days
Description: Resistance tube; natural latex; 15cm-wide handle; 0.25, 0.3, 0.35, 0.4, 0.45, 0.5 or 0.55cm tube diameter; 100, 120, 150, 180, 200 or 250cm length; in various colors; shrink packaging

  
Resistance band


Shanghai Jian & Mei Industry and Trade Co. Ltd

Model: JMLEC
MOQ: 5,000 pieces
Delivery: 20 days
Description: Resistance band; natural latex; in various colors; PP bag packaging

  
Resistance band


Shanghai Powertao Fitness Equipment Manufacturer Co. Ltd

Model: LB15035
MOQ: 2,000 pieces
Delivery: 15 days
Price: $1.02
Description: Resistance band; latex; 1,500x150x0.35mm; PE bag packaging; CE

  
Resistance band


Shanghai Zhensheng Stationery & Sports Goods Co. Ltd

Model: FB601
MOQ: 1,000 pieces
Delivery: 20 days
Description: Resistance band; 50,000 pulls service life; 135 to 155cm, small; 155 to 175cm, medium; 175 to 190cm, large




Note:This article 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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