Something I have been thinking about recently is the number of new coasters being built by Chinese manufactures. And then I thought would Merlin start buying Chinese built coasters instead of the European and American counterparts?
Agree with TPoseOnTantrum.
The market is there - but I don't see Merlin in the near future - but the small, slightly run-down seaside parks in the UK and US. These parks hang just in there with no money to buy even a family coaster from Zierer or Gerstlauer. These parks today buy new Zyklon coasters from Italy! If a Chinese manufacturer can pass for example German TÜV standards while keeping the price below that of the low-tier Italian manufacturers I can see these parks jumping at the opportunity.