13 March 2007
Bottles(HKTDC Packaging, Vol 01,2007)
Willer Imports offers a PETG bottle (front) featuring a vertical pump and dip tube for toner, skin lotion or remover
For example, with more than 30 years' experience, Willer Imports has a wealth of expertise in supplying high quality glass and plastic bottles and caps to the cosmetics, pharmaceutical, food, toiletries and chemicals industries.
The company offers a variety of bottle packaging material, such as flint and coloured bottles in glass and plastic, closures, pump dispensers and sprayers, plastic PE tubes and collapsible aluminium tubes and cans.
"About 70% of our business is related to glass and plastic bottles and 30% is in other materials," says assistant sales manager Scarlett Fong.
Specific products for the cosmetics industry include cases for lip gloss, lip oil, lip balm, lipstick, mascara, eye-liner, eye-shadow and compact powder.
OEM/ODM orders constitute almost all of the company's business, with some trading accounting for the remainder. Its products are sourced from Korea, Europe, the US and the Chinese mainland or elsewhere according to the client's needs.
"For some of our orders, we have our own moulds and tooling and subcontract the production to ISO-certified factories in Taiwan, Korea, Indonesia and the mainland," Fong explains.
Due to environmental concerns, she says that PET is gradually replacing PVC and PE as the material of choice for plastic bottles. The same is true of PETG, which has cost and stability advantages over acrylic-cum-PP for cosmetics jars.
A new technology currently sweeping the industry is the airless bottle. "Traditionally, bottle-and-pump products leave a lot of material in the bottom. An airless bottle, with a piston mechanism to squeeze out the air and force the liquid up, means no waste. This method is common in high grade cosmetic and skin care products," Fong explains, adding that Willer, which exports its products worldwide, has no minimum order requirement and delivers 30 days after sample approval.
Ying Ho Metal & Plastic Mfy, meanwhile, is a hi-tech enterprise specialising in the manufacture of foodstuff and cosmetics bottles made of plastic, aluminium and metal.
Established in early 2006, Ying Ho's business is mainly OEM and evenly divided between plastic and metal bottles, boxes and lids. With more than 100 models from which to choose, the firm produces foodstuff bottles and lids, aluminium boxes and lids for cosmetics purposes, wine bottles and lids, aluminium bottles, aluminium boxes and metal boxes.
"We offer a choice of PET, PE and PVC plastics for our customers. PET is a very transparent substance, but some of our customers want PVC or PE because these materials are harder and cost a little less," says sales manager Xie Darnay.
The company prides itself on its competitive prices, which results from bulk purchases of raw materials on the mainland. A minimum order of 10,000 units is required and deliveries are typically on their way 10 days after order confirmation to markets worldwide.
Xie says future plans will place more emphasis on developing aluminium bottles since the market for them is expected to grow rapidly.
Another supplier, Sunnyart Packaging Material Ltd, started out in 1992 manufacturing PET bottles for food and beverage use. Two years ago, the firm added PVC/PET shrink sleeve wrappers to its product line. Today, shrink sleeves account for about half of the 100,000 units Sunnyart produces monthly.
"Not many companies combine the two items but we wanted to offer a one-stop service," says marketing executive Iki Lai, adding that the market for shrink sleeves is increasing, not only for food and beverage bottle logos but also for CDs and Christmas decorations.
The medium-sized company concentrates mainly on OEM orders, while ODM represents about 30% of its business. Some 10 designers in Hong Kong and the mainland aim to keep the company' s bottle shapes interesting.
"People still want basic shapes but they also like extra patterns or designs, and we can do any shape the customer wants," notes Lai, adding that bottle sizes range in capacity from 10 grams to five litres.
The firm, which has a minimum order requirement of 50,000 pieces, sells to Hong Kong and exports to the US and the mainland while a future market goal is Europe. Delivery is one month after order confirmation.
At Goldmark Plastic Bottle Mfg Ltd, PET distilled water and beverage bottles are the main product lines and represent 80% of total output. PET cosmetics bottles constitute the remainder.
"We don' t make glass, only plastic, and for the time being concentrate on bottles for drinking purposes, but we may expand to other industries," says sales manager Walker Chan. "We use PET because it's clear, strong and flexible and the quality is good."
The five-year-old OEM manufacturer produces five million bottles per month at its 20,000-square-foot factory in Shenzhen on the mainland. Minimum order is 20,000 pieces for delivery 30 days after order confirmation and exports are primarily to the mainland. "We can also take overseas orders, and we are looking at Europe or the US," Chan adds.
So the next time you reach for a bottle, keep in mind that it may well have come from Hong Kong.
WRITTEN BY FLEUR LARUE
Goldmark Plastic Bottle Mfg Ltd
Flat A3, 11/F
Delya Ind Centre
Shek Pai Tau Rd
Tuen Mun, New Territories
Wing Hing Packaging Ltd
Rm 14, 8/F
Thriving Ind Centre
26-38 Sha Tsui Rd
Tsuen Wan, New Territories
Ying Ho Metal & Plastic Mfy
Flat H1, 11/F, Phase 1
Superluck Ind Centre
45-53 Sha Tsui Rd
Tsuen Wan, New Territories