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Museum Logistics – ERC2018

European Registrars Conference 2018 ( is the biennial gathering of many of the world’s Museum Registrars to discuss key topics impacting the industry.

For 2018, ERC was hosted by UK Registrars Group in London. Home of some of the world’s leading museums and collections.

Heighten was pleased to be attending and having the chance to catch up with partners from around the world.

The conference programme included a wide range of topics covering law, collection management, insurance and the impact of technology on the sector. Logistics related topics were understandably highly represented. There were excellent talks on diverse museum logistics subjects such as packaging, couriers, airfreight and cooperation.

With the wealth of knowledge and experience on hand it was no wonder that talks outlined some facinating case studies such as the excellent presentation on The First Travelling Show in Saudi Arabia  presented by Erika Franek, LACMA, Paul Williamson, Constantine and Tina Sullivan, Masterpiece.

The chance to exchange ideas and talk outside of active projects is very important for the industry. Museum collections vary widely around the world and there are many nuances that need to be considered.

Heighten looks forward to deepening our relationships and will be proudly attending ACS2019 in Philidephia.

Warehousing – Cold Chain

Heighten offers a range of warehousing solutions for our customers. Shanghai is a critical hub for the growing food and drink imports to China. Shanghai boasts an excellent range of temperature controlled warehousing for frozen, chilled and ambient products.

Overall the quality of the cold stores in Shanghai are some of the best in China. Not only are the warehouses themselves good, but other key factors also ensure that Shanghai is an excellent choice for your products.

The Shanghai local government are extremely active, ensuring controls are maintained. Similarly, most of the national and local laws are very well policed. Furthermore, level of service is much higher that some other areas of China which makes Shanghai ideal for a main hub.

Critically Shanghai offers excellent cold chain distributions services which means getting your product around China is much easier, more flexible and on the whole more cost effective.

Heighten works with a number of international and local businesses to support their operations. Why not contact us and discuss your Cold Chain Warehousing needs?

Bamboo Flooring Sourcing & Supply Chain

Bamboo is an important natural resource from Eastern China. Bamboo was identified in the 1980’s by the government as a potential green business that could bring economic benefits to rural regions. Since then it has grown into a billion USD industry. Current figures put the Chinese bamboo economy in 2013 at 27bn USD (167bn RMB) and the China Bamboo Industry Forecast Plan estimates the value could grow to 48bn USD and employ around 10m people.

An important finished bamboo export is bamboo flooring. This market is dominated by factories based in the regions from Northern Fujian, North-Eastern Jiangxi, Anhui and Zhejiang. The destination for bamboo flooring is predominately North America and Western Europe, an EU Chamber of Commerce report estimated that in 2008 65% of bamboo flooring exports headed to these regions.

Although other regions in China have bamboo natural resources, it is the Eastern provinces that have been able to develop the opportunities and seek out value added opportunities. This situation has come about for several reasons, including local government support, good levels of local education, good access to the major ports of Shanghai and Ningbo and access to capital.

Bamboo flooring is still one of the major standard exports, though bamboo decking (even with the many issues some years ago) is popular, as are hybrid products like BPC (Bamboo Plastic Composite. Similar to WPC which is wood based), bamboo furniture board and bamboo veneer.

There have been many attempts at promoting bamboo furniture, and although the likes of Ikea offer many items, bamboo furniture is yet to make the mainstream for a number of reasons including weight, shortage of designers aware of the material etc..

Another sector of the bamboo market which still has steady demand, is the home furnishing market, including bathroom and kitchen ware such as bathroom sets; waste paper baskets, towel / washing bins and in the kitchen knife blocks and chopping boards.

Keen to keep our knowledge and visibility of the world of bamboo at the forefront of developments, the Heighten team joined BARC2018 – Bamboo and Rattan Conference in Beijing. For Heighten and our bamboo customers, events such as these are an excellent way to keep up to date with the evolution of bamboo in China and around the world.

BARC attracts attendees from all most ever continent and covers a very wide spectrum of bamboo, from afforestation, poverty alleviation to bamboo in cutting edge technology. There are excellent presentations on bamboo architecture, standardisation of bamboo for construction and how bamboo can used in a wide range of applications for the benefit of nature and humanity.

The Heighten team is extremely passionate about the opportunities for bamboo and believe it is material from which products can produced sustainably, albeit, still with impact on the planet when you consider production and logistics. But, with a significantly smaller impact than many other materials.

If you are looking for bamboo products and materials, why spend the time searching yourself? Employ Heighten and our team, with all our knowledge and extended network to save you time and ensure you get the best of what China’s bamboo industry can offer. We manage everything from initial discussions with you about your needs, through to sourcing, factory inspections, production management, quality control and shipping to your door.


International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR)

Opportunities for European pet food in the Chinese market


China has become one of the most important pet markets in the world, having about 290 million pets in 2013 (number of European pets: ca. 270 million). Hand in hand with the rise in ownership rates (+35% since 2000), the expenditures for pet supply have risen: In 2013 the Chinese spent about 7.84 billion RMB and forecasts indicate that China will continue to rank among the eight fastest growing pet care markets in the world. Currently, the Chinese pet food market is dominated by Mars Petcare, having a market penetration of 37% in the dog food market (ca. 4 million RMB annually) and 45% into the cat food market (ca. 2 million RMB annually).

Looking at the distribution situation in China, the pet market is rather fragmented, i.e. there’s a multitude of small retailers, but only few specialized retail chains like e.g. the German retail chain “Fressnapf”. For the premium food segment, foreign owned chains and exclusive small pet supply boutiques are more relevant than other distribution channels.

Despite the relatively easy transportation requirements of pet food, its import into China is currently officially restricted due to meat quality problems in the past. Thus, the only way to import the products legally is by exceeding a long-lasting examination procedure by Chinese authorities. Therefore, pet supply manufacturers currently had to use other product areas to get a foot into the market, e.g. via pet fashion.

SWOT-Analysis of European high quality pet food suppliers in China:

Pet food report SWOT


The full pet food report is available on request (mail to:


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New Corporate Look For Heighten

We’ve updated our corporate look and have had a new logo and look designed  by Tom Gregory from ovo Limited.

We are very pleased to have refreshed the look for Heighten and have now several variations of our logo to embrace it’s worldwide applications.