British royal wedding: Chinese firm to make official tableware

Monday, January 17, 2011

LONDON - A Chinese porcelain maker has bagged the order to manufacture the official tableware for the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton, a media report said.

Guangxi Sanhuan Group, which is based in Chinas Guangxi province’s Beiliu city, has said that they won the order after outbidding over 500 companies to produce the royal porcelain, Daily Express reported Monday.

The group said that the 16,000 porcelain tableware items that it produces are divided into five categories - a dining plate, a coffee cup and saucer, a commemorative mug and a souvenir plate.

These will be utilised either at the reception or given to wedding guests as souvenirs.

The design is uniform and it features a photograph of the couple inside a heart shape with the words William and Catherine written below, the media report said.

When we won the order our bosses were very happy and excited. The production was worked on a very tight schedule - and we used one of the most advanced kilns in China to make these products, Gary Qiu, marketing manager for the Guangxi Sanhuan Group, was quoted as saying.

Guangxi Sanhuan was established in 1987 and it employs more than 8,000 people, producing high-end table and dining ware for export.

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