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SERIES 1 – EPISODE 9 – VISITING THE BIGGEST FIREWORK FACTORY IN BEIHAI.
DATE – SUNDAY 26TH FEBRUARY 2012
We were all at breakfast for 0800 sharp and started to sample the food on offer. As I mentioned in episode 8 the food at this particular hotel was awesome and we made the most of it.
We had arranged to be picked up from the hotel at 1000 and the journey to the factory was just under an hour.
The physical size of factory was absolutely huge – it covered an area of over 4km squared and employed over a 1000 workers. The factory produced everything from small rockets to large professional shells. The factory also had it’s own dedicated professional display team which went all over China to perform awesome firework displays.
There was shed after shed after shed of workers producing fireworks. As i mentioned in episode 4 most of production at this time of year was for the American market who need the fireworks for the 4th July celebrations.
Below are some short videos i took of the workers making the fireworks and a guy who’s job was to break down the red China clay which is used as the bung in the bottom of the tubes – did you ever wonder why it was a reddish colour?
There were massive rolls of paper ready to be turned into tubes.
At last, we got to see some of our own products being made, dr thrust, king cobra, heavy duty and humming hornets
The factory doesn’t normally manufacture fireworks for the UK market at this time of year, but because we had very little stock left after a very busy 2011 they had agreed to make our fireworks early and ship them asap.
The factory also specialises in top quality display shells, check out the video below.
The factory tour took around 3 hours and it was soon dark, time for the firework demo. There was 73 items (mostly 1.3g barrages) to be seen in total, luckily it wasn’t raining and the temperature was bearable.
Here is an example of a demo sheet that i talked about in episode 3. The demo list gave you the order in which the firework were to be fired, the type of item (eg, roman candle, mine, sparkler etc.), the number of shots, tube size, powder weight, the packing (eg, 12 roman candles to a carton), shape/dimensions and the firework effects.
The firework demo took around 2 hours to complete, below are some of our favourite fireworks from the demo night
More videos from the demo night can be found on the official EpicFireworks YouTube channel.
After the demo we made our way back to the hotel. We arrived around 2300, ordered a few beers and discussed what we liked / not liked and what needed tweaking, by this I mean some fireworks were may be too slow, or too fast etc…
Tomorrow morning we would go back to the factory with a list of what we’d like to see again, confirm the prices, confirm the packing, go through the videos from the demo night etc.
Tomorrow afternoon we had planned to go to Brothers Pyrotechnics to meet the boss Garry Wong (picture below with Jimmy), the rest of the Brother’s team and have another fireworks demo
To be continued…
SERIES 1 – EPISODE 4 – VISITING THE CHINESE FIREWORK FACTORY
DATE – TUESDAY 21ST FEBRUARY 2012
After last nights rocket demo we were all still knackered and met for breakfast a little later than usual at 0900. There was a little more choice food wise this morning so we all made the most of it
At 1030 we went to our suppliers office to talk about the rocket demo from the night before. We discussed the rockets in great detail, the things we liked, things we disliked, prices, packing requirements, shipment dates etc…
At 1200 we went back to the hotel for lunch. We had a bout 2 hours free for lunch as we were being picked up 1400 to visit a barrage/rocket factory.
Lunch consisted of fried rice, noodles, braised pigs trotters, fish, snake (YES SNAKE), shrimps, pigs blood, octopus, sparrows….the list goes on and on….
We all meet around 1400 and made our way to the barrage/rocket factory, the journey took around 60 minutes. It was very very cold but at least it wasn’t raining. We were first given a cup of Chinese tea and then escorted around the factory. I took a load of pictures and made a few videos of the workers producing the fireworks, at this time of year 99% of production was for the American market who need the fireworks well before the 4th July celebrations.
After touring the firework factory we decided to make our way back to the hotel. We should have had a cake demo tonight but the rain was now bouncing down and we decided to postpone the demo for another day. On exiting the firework factory the road was very very bad and we were all bouncing about in the back of the car
We all arrived back at the hotel at 1800 and decided to get some dinner. We got to the restaurant in the hotel and realised that the food on offer was exactly the same as lunch! We decided to walk to a restaurant just around the corner. We had rice, mega spicy beef, chicken, vegetables and a few beers each.
We got back to the hotel around 2100 and decided to have a few beers in the lobby bar. We had another 3/4 beers each and were ready to call it a night……then we bumped into the Celtic Fireworks team from the UK. We continued to drink, drink and drink and before we knew it, we had emptied the bar dry. We all left at 0130 knowing that our heads were going to hurt in the morning.
To be continued…
Epic Fireworks new brochure for the 2010 season is coming off the presses right now.
Even as we speak 500, 000 brochures are being printed, packaged and made ready for posting.
If you would like to receive our brochure all you have to do is call or email us and we will get one off in the post to you as soon as possible.
As usual the brochure will contain all the best deals, the best fireworks and all at the best prices in the UK!!
This years fireworks brochure contains a lot of the brand new fireworks that we will be adding to the website very soon. You can see some of them on this very blog already. Keep checking in for the latest updates.
Don’t forget that we are moving this year to our massive new HQ on J36 of the M1. This is officially the biggest fireworks shop in the country and we can’t wait to see you there at Epic Fireworks – The UKs home of Fireworks!