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Shinning Examples(HKTDC Packaging, Vol 02,2008)

Tin Cans

From Yee Hing Metal Fty comes this selection of novelty tin cans shaped as a colourful handbag and a big red truck

A dazzling range of dainty, fancy and imaginative tin cans from Hong Kong invariably has consumers tingling with delight

Besides drawing attention to their contents, attractive tin cans have other useful functions, such as serving as home decorations or even collectibles in their own right.

Leading examples from Hong Kong include tins in the form of a truck (model 609) or handbag in different sizes (models D16 and D17) offered by Yee Hing Metal Fty.

"Designs such as the truck are popular because they're cute and because consumers can pack different things, such as candy and chocolates, into them," says Manager Canny Yan.

"Customers usually come to us with all sorts of designs and, unless we already have an existing mould that is suitable, we will create a new mould for them," she adds.

Season's greetings

Other hot sellers from Hong Kong include the series of fancy tin cans with a Christmas theme offered by Tin Box Asia Pacific HK Ltd.

Among the options is the "stacking snowman tin" (model 973257), comprising three round tins of different sizes that stack up to become a snowman.

"These Christmas-theme tins are purpose-designed to become decorative items in addition to their storage function," says General Manager Eric Kwok.

The firm came up with the idea of a self-assembled snowman by simply putting together some existing designs. "The three tins that make up the snowman design are joined by rivets, yet can be detached and used separately," Mr Kwok advises.

The round base of the largest of the three tins measures 13.6cm in diameter, while the total height of the stacked cans is 25.6cm. "The snowman has a protruding, carrot-shaped nose made of plastic," notes Mr Kwok.

Another hit item from this manufacturer takes the shape of a Christmas tree complete with flashing lights, a feature made possible by drilling small holes in the cover and inserting LEDs into the holes.

"The lights can be switched on and off at the press of a button installed at the bottom right-hand corner of the tin cover," notes Mr Kwok. "The lights work on two cell batteries fixed under the cover and the power device is covered with a piece of plastic, so you don't actually see it."

As with most of the firm's tin cans, the two Christmas models cannot be washed or used in a microwave oven.

Tin Box Asia also makes tin cans in the shape of popular comics characters such as Spiderman, and holds tin can manufacturing licences for many cartoon characters in the US and Canada.

According to Mr Kwok, the company's tin cans also meet international requirements regarding lead content. "All the wet paint, coating and varnish we use conform to US and European standards," he assures.

Tea time

Environmental and safety issues, alongside design and quality, are also the focus of Keenpack Industrial Ltd. Top sellers here include a set of four tin tea canisters that come in a rectangular tin box.

"These tins are certified and approved for direct contact with food by the FDA and European authorities and tea leaves can be packed directly into the tins without the need for a bag," claims Sales Manager Jerome Martin.

"The lids can be pulled open easily, and the canisters are airtight due to the way the lids are designed to fit into the body. There is no need for a mechanical device to lock the lids," he adds.

The canisters measure 69mm in diameter and 60mm in height, while the containing tin box measures 204mm in width, 160mm in length and 70mm in height.

Mr Martin notes that this item is popular as a collectible. "The idea is for the consumers to keep the box and the tins, and refill them with loose tea leaves whenever they make a new purchase," he says. "Our customers usually import tea from countries like India and China, and they pack their tea selection into the tins themselves."

Keenpack produces tin cans for many other purposes as well, including candle tins, candy tins, lunch boxes, coffee tins and cosmetic boxes.

Veritably versatile

Variety is also a forte of Chong Shing Tin Box Mfg Ltd, which offers embossed tin cans and cans with see-through covers.

"Our tin cans are normally used as packaging for all kinds of products, including pencils, stationery, games and biscuits," says Managing Director Eddy Yeung.

"We make tin cans based on designs provided by customers, and we emboss them with all sorts of shapes and logos," he advises. "We also have tin cans with PVC covers designed to provide a see-through window so that consumers know what is inside. These are used for watches, toys and games, among others, and come in colourful designs."

Clearly, pretty and imaginative tin cans from Hong Kong are shining examples of successful packaging.



Chong Shing Tin Box Mfy Ltd
Rm 1, 7/F, Blk A
Mai Hing Ind Bldg, 16-18 Hing Yip St
Kwun Tong, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2357-9913
Fax: 852-2357-9320
Web: www.chongshing-tinbox.com
Year Established: 1998
Major Product Categories: round, square, rectangular, irregular tin boxes
Own Brands & Certificates: ISO 9001
Minimum Order: 5,000 pieces per item
Monthly Production: 1 million pieces
Delivery Time: 3-4 weeks
Factory Size & Location: Dongguan
Workforce: 250
Keenpack Industrial Ltd
Rm 1803, Tai Sang Commercial Bldg
24-34 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2574-9924
Fax: 852-2574-9542
Web: www.keenpack.com
Year Established: 1996
Major Product Categories: tin cans, metal boxes
Own Brands & Certificates: -
Minimum Order: one TEU
Monthly Production: -
Delivery Time: 1-2 months
Factory Size & Location: Dongguan
Workforce: 300
Shun Hing Can Mfy Ltd
Flat 3, 2/F, Kenning Ind Bldg
19 Wang Hoi Rd
Kowloon Bay, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2750-8220
Fax: 852-2750-8501
Web: www.hkcan.com
Year Established: 1950
Major Product Categories: tin cans, plastic bottles
Own Brands & Certificates: ISO 9001
Minimum Order: 500 pieces (local)
Monthly Production: -
Delivery Time: 1 week (local)
Factory Size & Location: Dongguan
Workforce: 200-300
Tin Box Asia Pacific HK Ltd
4/F, Southland Bldg
47 Connaught Rd Central
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2367-0581
Fax: 852-2739-5093
Web: www.tinboxco.com
Year Established: 1987
Major Product Categories: decorated unique shaped tin boxes
Own Brands & Certificates: Tin Box
Minimum Order: 12,000 pieces
Monthly Production: 3 million pieces
Delivery Time: 90-120 days
Factory Size & Location: 100,000 square feet; Dongguan, Shanghai
Workforce: 1,000
Tin King (HK) Mfg Co Ltd
Flat 2402
Hong Shui Court
Lam Tin, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2152-0512
Fax: 852-2152-0513
Web: www.tinking.com
Year Established: 2001
Major Product Categories: tin boxes
Own Brands & Certificates: ISO 9001
Minimum Order: 5,000 pieces
Monthly Production: 1.2 million pieces
Delivery Time: 45-50 days
Factory Size & Location: 15,000 square metres; Fenggang, Dongguan
Workforce: 300
Yee Hing Metal Fty
Flat B, 15/F
Kwai Fong Ind Bldg
9-15 Kwai Cheong Rd
Kwai Chung, New Territories
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2429-5123
Fax: 852-2489-0957
Web: www.yeehing.com
Year Established: 1976
Major Product Categories: tinplate, tin boxes and trays
Own Brands & Certificates: ISO 9001
Minimum Order: 6,000 pieces
Monthly Production: 1 million pieces
Delivery Time: 50 day
Factory Size & Location: Dongguan
Workforce: -