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Posted by Axel Bindefeld on Sep 23, 2011
Like all luggage brands, the Bodypack team travels to China every year to meet with all its suppliers. This year, it was our CEO who crisscrossed the country for 2 weeks.
This is your chance to reveal yourself "Behind the Scenes of Bodypack Backpacks" or at least a game! Because none of our products were in production at the time: we are in the sampling phase to validate volumes, pockets, colors...
Our dear boss started his journey with a visit to several rigid suitcase factories. He was able to discover their manufacture (until then quite fuzzy for us).
Because yes, small exclusivity for the readers of our blog, we are interested in this type of suitcases ...
The raw material is the ABS which is initially in the form of small marbles. Here, the ABS is white because it is pure ie it does not contain recycled ABS. Because you can find suitcases made in part with recycled ABS.
ABS balls pass through a large machine and come out in a long plate that is cut and immediately transported to a heated room to maintain their elasticity. Then the plates are like blown, thermoformed in reality, and take the form of half suitcases. It's impressive, according to our boss, as in 30 seconds a plate becomes a suitcase shell.
Then, it's the assembly of the two suitcase shells and accessories: handle, wheels...
Our boss also visited our suppliers to carefully study the current samples from our new 2012 collection. But we can't show you that yet...
Here's to the behind-the-scenes of the factories.
China is also a veritable anthill where buildings are constantly under construction, where up to 5 different roads are superimposed... where you drive on the 5th floor of a building. Surprising! Not to mention culinary surprises: like a crab to peel entirely with the fingers (not so easy for us, the Chinese are much more comfortable) or the choice of fish for your meal in one of the aquariums of the restaurant.
After two weeks of Chinese gastronomy, what a pleasure to find French meals.
Next week, we fly out for an express day in Bologna (yum) at our Italian distributors.
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