7 March 2005
Bottles(HKTDC Packaging, Vol 02,2004)
Indispensable containers for a host of consumer goods, bottles are in strong demand all over the world. Many of these classy containers are supplied by highly experienced Hong Kong manufacturers, who are practiced in the art of producing bottles that look attractive as well as being functional.
Take, for example, the K. K. Plastic Fty Ltd, whose catalogue sports a colourful array of plastic bottles for personal care and toiletry products. "We can make bottles with many types of material," claims sales manager David Lee.
"We offer a one-stop service and a full packaging solution - that is, we provide associated products like caps and covers as well to save customers the trouble of having to source them elsewhere."
The 27-year-old company produces bottles with PE, PP, PVC, PET, PETG, ABS, K-resin and SAN from various countries, including Singapore, Korea and France.
K.K. Plastic designs its own product lines, which include PET lotion bottles in different colours that come with PP pumps, K-resin covers or ABS caps and are available in assorted sizes such as 30ml, 120ml and 150ml.
The company's factories in Shenzhen, Dongguan and Jiangmen on the southern Chinese mainland boast a combined workforce of 2,000, a floor area of 50,000 square metres and produce about 20 million bottles per month.
K.K. Plastic's main markets such as the mainland, Hong Kong, the US, the UK, Switzerland, Germany and Japan snap up minimum orders of 5,000-10,000 units delivered 4-6 weeks after order confirmation.
"On the one hand, we are focusing on the mainland market while on the other we are actively trying to get more business from the US," Lee explains. "Manufacturers in the US don't usually provide custom tooling for orders smaller than one million units, but we do."
Another supplier of toiletry bottles is Ming Fai Enterprise Int'l Co Ltd, whose fancy-shaped PP and PVC bottles are found in hotels and airlines around the world.
"The hotel amenities we make include bottles for liquid soap, body lotion, bath gel, shampoo and conditioners," says marketing sales manager (HK & Macau) Andy Ching. "Customers can choose whatever colour they like."
Ming Fai's 600,000-square-foot factory in Shenzhen employs more than 3,500 workers, who produce minimum orders of 1,000 units per model for delivery 30-45 days after order confirmation.
The ISO 9001-certified company, which sources LDPE and PP from different areas including Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong, exports worldwide. "Our biggest market is the US," Ching notes.
Willer Imports also makes cosmetics bottles, as well as plastic and glass versions that are used to store medicine and food by customers in the US, Europe, Japan, Southeast Asia, the mainland and Hong Kong. "We use plastics such as PET and PVC, which come from the mainland, Taiwan, Europe and Southeast Asia," general manager Anthony Fung explains.
FOB Hong Kong prices for the bottles vary, depending on the model. "For example, cosmetic bottles prices can be as low as US$0.12 or more than US$1.20 each," Fung adds.
Willer manufactures at two mainland factories in Dongguan and Jiangmen, which employ 800-1,000 workers and produce minimum orders of 10,000 units for delivery in 30-40 days.
The 30-year-old company's main markets are the US, Europe, Japan, Southeast Asia, the mainland and Hong Kong. "The US, Europe and Japan are good markets for small, high-end products," Fung observes.
Turning from the conventional to the cute, Everbright Mfrs Ltd offers glass bottles exemplified by bear-shaped salt-and-pepper sets, and pig- and strawberry-shaped salt bottles. "We can make multicoloured bottles," manager Raymond Kwok says, adding that logos can be added to turn everyday products into promotional items.
Sixteen-year-old Everbright also produces containers for vinegar and cosmetics, using glass from the mainland to manufacture bottles that cost US$0.12-0.30 FOB Hong Kong each.
Manufactured at a 25,000-square-foot factory in Dongguan, Everbright's bottles are available in US$2,000 minimum order values that can be delivered to the US, Europe and the Middle East within 45 days.
Sunnyart Packaging Material Ltd, meanwhile, makes PET bottles for beverages and oil. "We provide a 'through-train' service, which includes producing PET bottles and shrinkable sleeves and a sleeve-inserting service, to lower our customers' production costs," managing director Reddy Ng says.
PET from Japan and Korea is processed at the 12-year-old company's 1,500-square-metre mainland plant in Panyu for export to various markets, including the US and Asia.
Ng adds that Sunnyart requires a minimum order of 50,000-100,000 units for its bottles, which can sell for less than US$0.12 each FOB Hong Kong depending on the weight and whether a cap is included. "Delivery takes about 14 days if the mould is available, but if it has to be made it will take another six weeks," Ng says.
So when it comes to bottles of all shapes and sizes that add class to contents, nobody can produce better quality at prices that beat those found in Hong Kong.
WRITTEN BY LIZA LEE
Ming Fai Enterprise Int'l Co Ltd