FAQ

FAQ

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
PAYMENT
Letter Of Credit-Minimum order must be 3 x 40 ft containers and above, all bank charges are the responsibility of the customer.
TT-with TT 50% deposit in advance when the order is agreed and the balance must be paid prior the original shipping document and B/L are sent.
TT-with TT 30% deposit in advance when the order is agreed and the balance 70% must be paid before loading of container.

BILLS OF LADING
Bills of lading will only be dispatched after FULL PAYMENT is credited to our bank account.

TIME OF DELIVERY
The minimum order is one 40 ft container (max 4 designs-one color per design).
We need 45-60 days to deliver the goods after receiving deposit.
Less than one 40 ft container order, there will be 10% surcharge on top of the FOB price.

GUARANTEE AND COMPLAINTS
Complaint about quality of container contents shall be accepted if there total more than 5% of the total value of the container: such claims must be made within 2 weeks of receipt of the container.All claims must be accompanied by full "documentation"as a photo of each damaged item showing the specific damage or defect and third party corroboration. Bugatti International Ltd reserves the right to reject any claims not supported by full documentation and third party corroboration. Any approved compensation and /or credits shall be given to customer on a future container. Claims received after 2 weeks shall be counted as void, regardless of their value.

TEST REPORT
We will try our best to provide any test report from our raw material supplier as requested from our client. If any special test report needed which are not be able provide from our side.Buyer have to do their own test at their own cost.
How Denim is Made and Turn into Jeans
Cotton----- the origin of Denim

All kinds of denim are made out of cotton. As the important base of denim, cotton directly influences the washing and duration of the denim. Hence jeans makers are more and more focusing on selecting the best cotton.

“Zimbabwean cotton” has been frequently used as the selling point in the jeans market. However, not only Zimbabwe, but also Burkina Faso, Benin, Uzbekistan, United States, Egypt, Australia and Chinese Xinjiang ect. are important cotton production bases. Cotton from different production places and grades has different quality leaves. Although there are so many cotton production places, finding the suitable cotton is not an easy job. Only the one with high intensity, low impurity and moderate micronaire value can stand the later dyeing and washing process.
The World 's Largest Furniture Wholesale Center
The World Largest Furniture Wholesale Center is located at Shunde district which links Lecong town and Longjiang town along the 10km highway, Foshan City, Guangdong Province, China. Shunde has became the largest furniture wholesale market and distribution center in China and even in the world. Lecong was awarded as "China Furniture Business and Trading Capital" by the China National Light Industry Council and China National Furniture Association. It covering a total area approximately 32.3 million square feet and it consist of more than 200 modern furniture building, such as Sunlink Group, Lecong International Furniture Exhibition Center, Shunde Empire Group, Tuanyi International Furniture City, and others.

The furniture wholesale market has extends more than 5km long and was arranged by 12 rows and 20 streets. There are over 3,300 domestic and foreign furniture dealers and more than 1,500 furniture manufacturers displaying over 20,000 type of furniture and products. The market is open all year round with furniture trading more than USD1 billions of sale volume each year.

Whereas Longjiang is about 5 km from Lecong, a well-known furniture manufacturing base and transaction center of furniture material. It was awarded by China Light Industry Association and China Furniture Association as "Important Town Of China Furniture Manufacture" and "Capital Of China Furniture Material." It is also known as "the first furniture town in China" and there are more than 1,200 factories in it, measuring more than 10.76 million square feet of furniture marketplace and 3.2 million square feet of furniture material marketplace. Foreign merchants from worldwide and regions source, purchase & sell their products there. There will be two major furniture exhibition held in March and August each year at Longjiang town of Shunde district. The Dragon Furniture Fair has a famous reputation of professional fair at home and abroad.

Being located at Guangdong Province, close to Hong Kong and Macau, it provide convenient transportation and well developed infrastructure. Shunde District has became the most important & the best international home furnishing cente and international trading platform for international sellers/buyers in China.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_World_Largest_Furniture_Wholesale_Center
Casual Trends Report - casual living, 9/1/
While woven products surged ahead in 2005, other categories following closely behind are expected to make a splash at this month's Casual Show and beyond.

This year is expected to be another big one for wicker and woven designs, due mostly to better product recognition on behalf of consumers. Deep seating and action pieces are still going strong, as traditional pieces make way for transitional and contemporary looks, mostly in darker finishes. Generally speaking, urban, contemporary looks will be the jackpot across furniture designs in 2006, as will recycled, reclaimed and vintage looks, especially in the garden category.

Mixed-media pieces helped lagging wood and iron sales. While cast aluminum still eats into iron sales, many retailers have said deep seating, bar height groups and alternative tabletop have helped keep wrought iron sales alive. Wood proved to be a mixed bag for retailers due to poor sales, distribution disagreements and shipment problems, but like the iron category, mixed-media products, especially a marriage of wood and wicker, have helped keep the category selling. Category trends include larger tables, storage pieces, deep seating and Adirondacks. Many manufacturers plan to expand their wood collections in 2006, rather than introduce brand new lines.

Offerings beyond traditional dining sets were highlighted in 2005. Modular and sectional seating arrangements were touched upon by a couple of manufacturers last year, and are expected to be a mainstay.

Industry leaders have spoken about the lines being blurred between the indoors and outdoors over the last few years, but it has never been more evident. Furniture, rugs, and especially fabrics designed for the outdoors, are actually appealing to homeowners for use not on their decks, patios and sunrooms, but their high-traffic living areas inside the home.

Fabrics this year will continue to wow with ocean hues and red shades in the forefront, but with a softer edge. Black and white is on the horizon as well. Geometric designs may overplay stripes, while tropical themes remain popular. Polka dots are expected to make a comeback, while interior-like fabrics such as chenille and weatherproof leather are introduced.
Upholstery Fabric Price Increasing
Hurricane to blame HIGH POINT -- Upholstery fabric has become more expensive in the two weeks since Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf Coast flooding.

Within two days of the storm, polyester fiber supplier DAK Americas announced a 15-cent-per-pound price increase on all its products.
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Since then, several American fabric sources have notified their customers of immediate price increases, based on higher costs of raw materials — especially petroleum-based fibers like polyester — as well as rising shipping costs related to more expensive fuel.
Price hikes vary among the fabric companies, with some choosing a flat per-yard increase and others basing any increases on the raw materials costs going into each product.

American textile executives in Brussels, Belgium, for Decosit last week said they were notifying their customers as quickly as possible.

“We’ve had notices of price increases for raw materials ranging from 7% to 12%,” said Jack Eger, vice president of sales and marketing for Craftex Mills. “Of course, that won’t translate directly into a price increase for fabric. So far, it’s fiber-specific, so we’ll do the prices based on the price increase of each product’s content. … Everybody know what’s going on and we’ll all just deal with it.”

Valdese Weavers President Mike Shelton said in a memo to customers that the company was “receiving notifications daily of immediate surcharges” on yarn, chemicals, fuel and other components. “We estimate that the current net effect on our cost is approximately 15 cents per yard,” he said, adding that Valdese would add a surcharge in that amount to all its fabrics, effective with shipments on Sept. 12.

Tom Muzekari, vice president of sales at Quaker Fabric, said that with rising prices, “The mills have no alternative but to raise prices.”

Several fabric executives said the price increases should trickle down to the consumer.

“Furniture manufacturers shouldn’t be afraid to tell consumers that a sofa might cost another $100,” said Gary Inoff, vice president of sales and marketing at Bartson Fabrics. “After all, consumers don’t hesitate to spend $40,000 on a car.”

European fabric producers were less forthcoming about possible price increases, but buyers expected to receive similar memos from them soon.
The Hits of High Point - kids today Nov 30 2005
The October High Point furniture market was packed with introductions.

As with recent markets, the teen category was a big winner. And while many of the groups have second-bedroom applications, the function and design center around the growing child.

Examples include Zocalo's Ariel collection, which includes a pink leather bed and leather storage trunk for a girl's clothing, magazines or mementos. And Palliser introduced its Fusion group, which provides storage and study pieces in a hip, asymmetrical design.

Younger kids weren't forgotten, however. Vaughan's new Hatteras collection, with its boat-shaped bed, will surely be popular with little sailors. And Lea Inds. Tina collection is a girls white group with a pearlescent finish and storage headboards that are practical as well as pretty.
Asians also eyeing China
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Many Asian furniture manufacturers are devoting their energies to the U.S. market. But that attention soon could shift as a new market emerges in their back yard — the growing Chinese middle class.

Definitions of this segment vary. According to China's National Bureau of Statistics, the Chinese middle class, with annual incomes between $7,230 and $60,240, includes about 75 million people, or 5.7% of the country's population of 1.3 billion.

Another report, published by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, estimates that the middle class will make up 40% of the population by 2020.

In such numbers, Asian furniture manufacturers see opportunity. That could pose difficulties for U.S. importers and retailers that source from some of these factories. Unless there are significant plant expansions, the Chinese domestic market could end up competing for capacity that once was devoted almost exclusively to U.S.-bound products.

One company eyeing the Chinese market is Kian, a Malaysia-based case goods manufacturer. Some of its designs have contemporary Asian elements, which could help it sell goods to Chinese consumers.

The company already makes some contract products in China, which it will market to restaurants and businesses to establish its brand name. Then it might start selling some branded products from Malaysia.

"Having our foot in China, we have some confidence as a manufacturer catering to the local market," said company spokesperson Debbie Loo.

Casual dining specialist Koda, based in Singapore, also is eyeing the China market but hasn't made any firm plans.

"When the opportunity is there, it is the company's strategy to seriously look into it and maybe develop products for that market," said Ernie Koh, Koda's senior vice president of marketing.

But selling to the mainland could be a challenge, largely because Chinese manufacturers already have the necessary infrastructure of manufacturing, warehousing and distribution. Companies also might have to adjust their prices to accommodate the budgets of Chinese consumers.

But because of the modest incomes of the Chinese middle class, not everyone sees opportunity there.
Benson Yang, a managing director of Chinese upholstery manufacturer Andy & Benson Furniture Industrial Co., said a typical sofa from the company wholesales for $178 FOB China, and estimated that to sell to the Chinese market, he'd have to reduce prices 30% to 40%.

"I can't do it," he said. "I would be bankrupt."

Those who decide to sell in China also might need to adjust style and scaling for the Chinese market.

Wang Mingliang, publisher of China Furniture, a Chinese furniture trade publication, said that brand also is important. He estimates that 100 manufacturers in China have established or are establishing their brand in the domestic market. More will likely follow.

Leather upholstery producer Kuka Technics is one such Chinese manufacturer. With 200 retail galleries and storefronts, it had about $45 million in sales in 2004, with 55% of its business in the domestic market. Kuka does particularly well in the big cities, said company representative Edward Gong.

The company would like to export more, particularly to the United States. But given the increasing buying power in China, Kuka still wants to maintain 50% of its business domestically, Gong said.

It's also expanding its capacity to help meet demand. It added 1.3 million square feet this year to its Hangzhou plant, which now can produce 1,000 containers a month. The expansion, which brings its total capacity to 2 million square feet, should help boost its sales to $90 million this year, Gong said.

Such capabilities will undoubtedly up the competitive ante.

"The domestic market is vast," said Wang of China Furniture. "There is big, big potential. That is why Chinese manufacturers keep increasing their production capacity, not just for export, but also for the domestic market."