1 Aug 2003
A Paper Chase(HKTDC Enterprise, Vol 08,2003)
A Paper Chase
Climax Paper Converters Ltd
|Paper products take pride of place at Climax Paper Converters Ltd, which has offered quality goods for almost 50 years|
Climax Paper Converters Ltd has a long and distinguished track record as a pioneer Hong Kong manufacturer in the field of paper products and related items.
From a modest beginning 48 years ago, the company has expanded its targets, enlarged its operations and grown into an internationally recognised company that - quite apart from its reputation as a supplier of high quality products to markets all over the world - can boast a range of enviable awards.
These include a hard-won accolade from Kmart for "Exceptional Achievement and Excellence", plus two awards from Wal-Mart in consecutive years as "International Supplier of the Year". Meanwhile, the Trade Leaders' Club chimed in with the "International Europe Award for Quality". Not to forget several Hong Kong awards for high quality printing and design work, including being named the SAR's Printing Champion for the excellent production of its own annual report and also winning a CSD Hong Kong Design Award for its "Greenergy Product Catalogue".
All this recognition underscores the never-ending upward drive of an ambitious company that began as a printing shop operation producing letterheads, envelopes and other office stationery, including business forms.
The small niche it then occupied has grown exponentially over the years until today the company is one of the world's major producers of photo albums - a field it entered with some confidence in the 1970s, believing that its high quality albums would quickly win the seal of customer approval.
The company also successfully moved into another field - paper-related giftware.
Although the company is glad to note that sales continue to be satisfactory, buyer approval is never enough for Climax Paper - its ongoing success story is confirmation that its customer service and follow-up in its many markets reap long-term dividends.
In 1992, the company's operations and turnover had reached such a stage that its shares were successfully floated on the Hong Kong stock market.
More recently, Climax Paper and its sister company Easyfil Int'l Co Ltd underwent extensive restructuring, with a higher echelon of professional management being introduced to steward operations in the tough economic environment of the new millennium.
The company has two plants on the Chinese mainland, one in Shenzhen and the other in Dongguan. Both employ the latest computerised production methods to maintain high quality standards. Aggregate production floor space covers a total of one million square feet, and the joint workforce totals about 3,000.
Meanwhile, reflecting today's more sophisticated markets, senior vice-president for OEM sales Frankie Wong notes that the company's range of products for US customers include portable files for taxpayers, spiral notebooks, composition books and manila folders for the back-to-school market.
"Turning to the market in Europe, one of our best sellers is our Greenergy Album," says Wong. "Closer to home, some of our most consistent sellers on the mainland and in Hong Kong are Easyfil Albums and Files."
WRITTEN BY GEOFFREY SOMERS
Climax Paper Converters Ltd
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