On this point alone the trip succeeded beyond our wildest dreams when we exchanged Sydney's winter conditions for the most extreme summer heat which Nanjing and its environs were suffering at the time of our arrival.
In the seven days we spent in Nanjing the day time peak temperature was over 42 degrees C every day. Two days of site-seeing were made extremely difficult by the heat.
Fortunately as the accompanying photo shows, the factory was well aware of the problems posed by the heat and deployed a sophisticated array of equipment to improve the working environment of the staff in these extreme heat conditions.
Unfortunately, the impact of the deployment of these advanced cooling devices may not have achieved the desired outcomes as whilst we were there the assembly line staff placed a ban on the daily hour of scheduled over-time because of the difficult working conditions.
Half of the total shipment will then be air-freighted to Aus with the remaining half following as normal by sea.
The Eureka staff took the opportunity to bring back three models from the production line (see accompanying photos).