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Anyone who’s been watching the World Cup feed here has probably noticed that non-stop droning noise in the background. Guess what? They’re coming from a vuvuzela horn… and those horns just happen to be Made In China(tm)!
Call it revenge for not qualifying for the World Cup this time around. These horns can produce noises up to 127 decibles and, when used by a stadium full of people, could make a collective noise louder than a jet engine taking off. While vuvuzela are traditionally a South African stadium horn, like most disposable fan items, over 90% of them are made right here in the PRC.
According to China Hush:
“You could say that 90% of the vuvuzela during the entire South Africa World Cup are made in China. Including the horns used during the opening ceremony are all made by us.” Zhejiang Ninghai Ji Ying Plastic Products Factory manager Wu Yijun told the “Daily Economic News” reporter yesterday (June 16).
Wu Yijun said, since the beginning of this year to April, the factory already produced over 1 million horns. All manufacturers (produce the horn) are concentrated in Ninbo, Zhejiang province and Shantou, Guangdong province. Not many of them, about 4 to 5 or so.
Sales manager of Guangda toy factory in Guangdong, Lin Miaoyun is also kept busy by the production and sales of these horns for the World Cup. According to her, the factory produces 20 different models of the horns sold in Netherland, South Africa, Brazil, South Korea and other countries.
The high demand of these ear-splitting horns has even surprised Chinese suppliers, who’ve said they’ve had to work overtime to increase production lest they run out of products.
So South African football fans, for the sake of these overworked Chinese manufacturers, the footballers, the people who have to watch the game, and your own poor ears – stop buying those vuvuzelas already.