Chinese "horn" in on huge success at World Cup games

09:14, June 21, 2010      

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An African businessman tries a horn at a Yiwu trade center in Zhejiang province last week. Up to 90 percent of plastic horns and vuvuzela used by fans during the World Cup in South Africa have been made in China. (Photo: China Daily)

The country's manufacturers have enjoyed resounding success in selling vuvuzela, the plastic horns sounding like bees swarming that have been the buzz among World Cup spectators.

Up to 90 percent of the vuvuzela in South Africa were made in China, industry experts have said.

Jiying Plastic Products Factory's general manager Wu Yijun said the company's factory in Zhejiang province had sold more than 1 million horns since April.

Nearly all of the vuvuzela blown by World Cup fans come from five factories in Guangdong province and Zhejiang, he added.

Wu's factory produces different models of the horns, ranging from 7.3 cm to 67 cm in length. They are exported at prices ranging from 0.6 yuan to 2.5 yuan (9 to 37 cents). However, they are sold for between 18 yuan and 53 yuan in South Africa.

"Most of the profit goes to the dealers and importers. Our profit margin is less than 5 percent," Wu said.

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