Last week I provided a look at the manufacturing technology being used at seven of China’s large furniture factories: Kinwai, Oppein, Royal, Sogal, Fortune, Decca and MingZhu. Below is a short photo-essay of some of the sights we saw in and around Hong Kong and Mainland China.
 

 View of Hong Kong from the river.  Hurricane holes set in wide buildings.
   
 Group shot at Lamma Island  Sample of the local seafood (inside the shoots).
 
 People line up to enter designer stores 2 blocks away, a Hong Kong meat market
 
 Bamboo is often used as scaffolding  Bike carts can be found throughout China
   
 Some traditional entertainment A show at a Chengdu restaurant
   
 At the Panda Zoo in Chengdu  A good time was had by all

More on the Tour of Technology to China will be included in the May issue of Wood & Wood Products. The Technology Tour was sponsored by Stiles Machinery in conjunction with Homag China Golden Field Ltd.

In addition to myself, those on the tour included: Craig Elias - executive vice president, AWI Quality Certification Corp.; Fari Vakili – owner, Cabinets by Design; Jay Streu - president & CEO, Mary Streu – vice president of operations, and Ann Duebner – vice president of sales & marketing, Eggers Industries; Peter Funder – president, Funder America Inc.; Tim Schad – chairman & CEO, and Mike Fedrigo - vice president of operations, Nucraft; Dan Sauder - vice president product & process engineering, and Steve Jones – vice president of manufacturing, Sauder Woodworking; Todd Wegman – president, Stevens Industries; Eric Wolff – president & CEO, the Stow Co.; Doug Clausen – president, and Jason Farver – vice president/architectural wood doors, VT Industries; Jim Elliker – owner, Victory Woodworks; and Ricardo Villarreal – vice president of engineering, WoodCrafters Home Products LLC.

Participating from Stiles Machinery were: Dave Rothwell – executive vice president, Steve Waltman – vice president/sales & marketing, Russ Suor – vice president/technology, and Doug Maat – Homag product manager. Those from Homag China Golden Field included Addie Kwan - managing director, Sandy Ho – director, and Alan Ho - CEO.

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