Matt and I have just got back from an amazing trip East: Taiwan, Hong Kong and China all in rapid succession. I've been out to Taiwan before (this time last year for the International Bike Show) but it was my first time to China or Hong Kong. Incredible! Matt's been out many, many times so awesome to have him show me the ropes.
We were in Taiwan first with Wang and an optical design team at the University in Taipei. Wang is amazing. He's like Yoda of the optical engineering world! He sorted us out with some extremely exciting sourcing meetings (many of the best optical components come from that part of the world)... Waiting to sign things off, but we should have some pretty unbelievable news for you on this fairly soon, fingers crossed.
In other news - we were in an Earthquake! All AOK but fairly hairy 18 floors up - my hotel room suddenly started swaying and it felt like struggling to keep your balance on the tube. The thought I wasn't ready to die, too much left I wanted to do and people I wanted to tell I loved suddenly flashed in my mind! ...It was apparently 6.1 on the Richter Scale, so I don't feel too bad at being momentarily terrified. Life affirming stuff.
But besides that, it was a fantastic trip. Matt and I basically giggled our way round Asia. The meetings with suppliers, manufacturers and factories could't have gone much better, luck and I want to say fine planning, but more like lots of energy, was on our side. Though it did all highlight quite how much we have to do before we have stock of BLAZE Bike Lights here.. And quite how long everything takes; lead time on ordering components, things being held by authorities, the time for actual fabrication, shipping... We have a VERY busy few months!! But bring it on.
Below are some pics/video for your interest/amusement and watch this space for more news coming!
Our love and thanks as ever!
Em & The BLAZE Team.