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Zika boosts mosquito net exports from China

Staff Writer | September 16, 2016
Chinese mosquito net makers have reported some 20 percent rise in export volumes on the back of Zika virus concerns in some parts of the Americas, Africa and Asia.
Chinese mosquito net
Protection   Huzhou is the largest center for mosquito net production
Singapore alone has seen more than 300 cases of virus cases this year. Huzhou, Zhejiang province, is China's largest center for mosquito net production, where hundreds of firms engage in the business.

The city makes mosquito nets worth nearly 2 billion yuan ($300 million) every year. Some 50 million nets are exported.

Dongren Knitters, a local firm, said its mosquito nets are priced in the range of $2 to $4 and can be bought on e-stores on both domestic and foreign online marketplaces of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, China's largest e-commerce player.

After Zika fears spread worldwide earlier this year, the company has been receiving more than 10 groups of potential foreign buyers every month.

In the wake of Zika virus outbreak, Dongren Knitters improved the design and properties of its products. The material used to make nets is now infused with a repellent, which enhances the net's ability to protect users from mosquito bites.

The Huzhou local government is helping knitting firms to find more opportunities to export their products.

For instance, it will help some leading firms to attend business fairs in South Africa and other countries.

Dongren Knitters and Fuermei said in the next few years, they plan to export their products to Europe and other high-end markets by further improving their technical skills and adding value to their products, in terms of design, style and quality.