Glass beads: small glass beads in Pujiang, Zhejiang, make a big industry
At the third China Crystal and Craft Glass Expo held yesterday, Cai Jian, secretary of the Pujiang County Party Committee of Zhejiang Province, said that Pujiang relies on science and technology and culture to make a glass bead into a big industry. Now the output of crystal craft products accounts for 60% of the country. , 40% of the products are exported to Europe, America and Southeast Asia countries. Glass grinding beads, which started in 1984, has occupied more than 85% of the national lighting bead market in a few years. Beginning in 1993, the county has transitioned from grinding beads processing to lamp holder making and whole lamp assembly one-stop production. Pujiang lighting was hung in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, and entered the Korean, Russian and American markets. However, the rush of homogenized competition caused the industry to fall to a trough. Facing the colorful glass raw materials, the people in Pujiang thought of the same quality man-made crystal: if you put a culture or art in the glass, you can realize the gorgeous turn from glass to crystal. From simple paperweights and Chinese zodiac signs, to more complicated sailing boats and spheres, ingenious composition, refined shapes, and interesting craft crystals are both ornamental, practical and artistic. The crystal souvenirs presented to VIPs from various countries during the return of Hong Kong and Macao, the large-scale exhibits on the 50th anniversary of the National Day, the 2002 World Cup gifts, the crystal balls of the 2003 Spring Festival Gala... all came from the hands of skilled craftsmen in Pujiang. Rely on culture to add luster and science and technology to shine. Pujiang strengthens its independent innovation capabilities and takes the road of industry-university-research cooperation. Pujiang Yili Crystal Factory and American crystal glass design company jointly invested 30 million US dollars to introduce advanced equipment to develop crystal crafts that fill the international gap. Kangteman and the Shanghai Branch of the Chinese Academy of Sciences jointly established the Pujiang Kepu Crystal Engineering Technology Research Institute. The 'CNT Manufacturing Technology Innovation and Development and Localization Project of Manufacturing Equipment' undertaken by the institute was included in the 2005 National Spark Plan the project. Pudong Development Company and Wuhan University of Technology signed a scientific and technological cooperation agreement for the development of laser color inner-carved art glass, realizing the connection of enterprise scientific and technological projects and university scientific and technological achievements. Tianlong pays attention to the protection of intellectual property rights, has successfully applied for 35 crystal patent products, and has been rated as a private technology-based small and medium-sized enterprise in Zhejiang Province. At present, Pujiang has 370 crystal craft products manufacturers, more than 1,000 individual business operators, more than 50,000 employees, and an annual output value of more than 2.5 billion yuan. The products not only cover the whole country but are also exported to Europe and the United States, making it the largest in the country. The crystal craft products processing base and raw material distribution center were awarded the honorary title of 'China Crystal Glass Capital' by the China National Light Industry Council.