China is the world's largest wickerwork base, and in Shandong Province, exports of wicker handicrafts account for 80% of the wholesale wickerwork exports, while exports in Linyi City has accounted for 80% of the province. Therefore, this article will focus on basketry and craft development in this city.
First, wicker crafts industry in Linyi overview
At the Linyi region northern Shandong, the city's nine counties under the jurisdiction of three districts, with a total population of 11 million, who is the largest prefecture-level city with the biggest population population at home. Since reform and opening, Linyi has achieved a rapid economic development. in particular, small commodities wholesaling ranks second in the country, sheet processing the first in Asia, wickerwork business the first in China. Today it is also the country's largest distributing and dealing centre in white wicker (wicker strips or stripped stems).
Linyi regional development of basket and furniture weaving industry has nearly 50 years of history. Up to now, all the basketwork and furnishing businesses in Linyi region export $ 400 million. Only in Tanghe Town of Hedong District, the annual export volume has reached U.S. $ 60 million, and willow production output value of 120 million dollars (not including that of willows outsourcing), up to $ 10 million in tax revenue. Main areas in wickerwork handicrafts businesses in Linyi City come in "three counties and one district", that is: Linshu County, Tancheng County, Junan County, Hedong District, the region where more than 300 wicker crafts enterprises exist, of whom up to 200 of arts and crafts trading companies have the right to export, including: LINYI WAN LONG ARTS AND CRAFTS PRODUCT CO. LTD., the largest one in Linyi, with an annual export of 30 million U.S. dollars, and Salix alba (Chinese willow, white willow) cultivation area of 26,600 hectares, over 100,000 people engaging in wicker products manufacturing, and whose annual output of willows used as raw materials for basketmaking or crafts making is up to 800,000 tons.
Second, the status of willow raw materials in Linyi and industrial development prospects
Local raw materials used to weave various basketware and arts and crafts is scientifically named Salix alba L, also known as white willow, which is a perennial shrub willow varieties, characterized by soft texture, adaptable, easy molding, so it is one of the best material for craft weaving. Plant willow cuttings at the first a year can be harvested continuously for 4-5 years; twice harvest period each year is available, the first time in early July, with the average yield of per Mu (1 Mu is equal to 0.67 hectare) up to 2500-3000 kg (wet willows stems); the second harvest time is in November, with a annual yield of 1000-1500 kg (wet willows stems), of which average annual output value per Mu is 2,600 yuan. In Linyi City, there are more than 26, 600 hectares of willows planted, where will produce over 800,000 tons of raw materials, with a production value of $ 120 million, 65% of the total amount used for wickerwork locally.
Linyi City is located in southeast Shandong Province, not far away from the port city of Qingdao, Lianyungang, making it the unique advantage of exports transportation of raw materials. The other hand, the local industry has a fairly large scale. In addition, wickerwork crafts business is an important pillar industry that the local government and people make great efforts to support some large export enterprises. Furthermore, wicker crafts in Linyi City have a good reputation at home and abroad. As customers from Japan, Korea, the United States and European countries are further putting emphasis on environmental protection, wickerwork products will continue to increase in demand, prices will continue climb, so that basketry and wickerwork industry has good prospects for development.
Annual production of raw materials in the Linyi region is 800,000 tons, only 65% of local demand, so there is 35% gap. Every year, raw materials from Anhui, Henan, Inner Mongolia and Northeast and other places are often introduced in a number of more than 400,000 tons, so a good sales space is still existed there.
Capital of Chinese wickerwork
Full of wickerwork crafts from Linyi City in an international fair