Uniquely African but made in China

2010-06-21 09:43

Chinese media say up to 90% of the vuvuzelas sold in South Africa

during the World Cup are made in China, with local manufacturers readying for a

new boost in demand.

If those buzzing, honking vuvuzelas are marring your World Cup

experience, don’t expect much sympathy from Chinese businesswoman Gua

Lili.

Gua’s Guangda Toy Factory in the eastern manufacturing hub of Yiwu

has produced and shipped more than 1 million of the plastic trumpets, whose

sound has been likened to a swarm of angry bees.

Production is steaming ahead at

up to 20 000 units per day.

And if you thought the noisemakers’ would just fade away after the

World Cup ends next month, Gua believes demand will simply expand.


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