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Special Foreword(HKTDC Enterprise, Vol 10,2002)

Vol 10, 2002

Special Foreword

A Celebration of Enterprise

Special Foreword

A Celebration of Enterprise

Hong Kong Trade Development Council recently celebrated 35 years of Hong Kong Enterprise and paid tribute to eight long-term advertisers. Seen here, TDC Executive Director Michael Sze (centre above) welcoming manufacturers and their representatives.

OCTOBER 2002 marks 35 years of Hong Kong Enterprise, published by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC) on behalf of Hong Kong's manufacturers and exporters and their overseas customers.

Consistently, since 1967, Enterprise the publication has worked alongside enterprise the quality inherently present in Hong Kong's commercial and industrial sectors.

The goal always has been, and remains, to present to international buyers the commercial attractions of doing business in and with Hong Kong. In this regard, Enterprise has successfully translated the hard work of many start-up and newly emerging companies in interesting features and articles enhanced by professional photography and artwork.

Many organizations and companies, large and small, have supported Enterprise with informative editorial content. Many more have also taken the opportunity to advertise in the publication. Indeed, eight well-known companies advertising in the very first edition of Enterprise in 1967 remain active to this day.

At a recent cocktail reception, TDC paid tribute to these and other captains of industry, and renewed its pledge to serve the interests of Hong Kong and its international trade partners.

TDC takes this opportunity to also thank the many tens of thousands of international readers for their support: the spirit of enterprise is alive and thriving.


A Proud Record

When the first issue of Hong Kong Enterprise appeared in October 1967, the following companies were among the original advertisers. In the intervening years they have flourished and continue to grace the pages of Enterprise and its sister publications to this day.

David Hot Blocking Press Ltd specializes in after-press finishing services such as stamping logos or messages on cards and other products. Most of the production capacity is in a 10,000-square-foot factory in Hong Kong. Besides basic two-fold cards, the firm offers high-end services such as embossing and engraving, and produces novelties such as hologram cards and pop-up cards. The company engages in direct mail campaigns, promotes its services on its Web site, advertises in trade magazines and is moving into e-marketing.

ESTABLISHED in 1964, Grand Metal Works Ltd has built its success on the quality and range of its products and the first-rate service it gives to customers. Initially, the company made metal press buttons and jeans buttons while today it is a one-stop shop for companies seeking all metal garment accessories except zippers. There are production facilities in Hong Kong and Guangdong Province on the Chinese mainland. About 80% of production goes to North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia and South America.

KIN Hip Metal & Plastic Fty Ltd boasts an array of modern stainless-steel kitchenware, insulated tableware and electrical appliances, products that epitomize the company's success over the past 53 years. Business took off as the American demand for stainless-steel cookware steadily increased. Keen to establish strategic alliances with sole agents as it expands its market reach, Kin Hip encourages importers to distribute products to department stores, retail outlets and the catering sector, including hotels, restaurants and airlines, and to provide local promotional support and after-sales service to consumers.

KINWAY Garments Ltd, after starting out making children's wear in 1956, has branched out into a wider range of apparel for adults and children. The company also established two subsidiaries: Wearbest Shoes Fty Ltd for footwear and Xerlon Trading Co Ltd for baby-care products such as rattles and teething rings and children's educational toys. Medium-priced knitted and woven garments account for about 70% of production. There are a number of own-brand names: Chariot (footwear and children's wear), Gold Rush (jeans) and Jolly Tot (baby-wear).

SHELL Electric Mfg (Holdings) Co Ltd has transformed itself from a manufacturer of consumer electrical and electronic products into an emerging player in the hi-tech sector. It has shifted away from OEM and brand-name work in consumer electronics and moved into electronic manufacturing systems (EMS) in the optics sector and now manufactures laser scanner heads for laser printers. The company also engages in EMS assembly work for DVD lens makers, and develops Internet software and supercomputing servers.


SUNNEX Products Ltd's parent company is Sunbeam Mfg Co, established in 1929 to manufacture flashlights. In the 1960s, Sunbeam began manufacturing a growing range of small, stainless steel household items such as salt-and-pepper shakers and small teapots until reorganization under the Sunnex umbrella in 1971 when stainless-steel products became the focus. The Sunnex catalogue includes everything the dedicated householder or caterer could require, from wooden bowls to kitchen utensils, pots and pans to serving dishes. The company is proud of its record of fine quality and service.

DATING back to 1940, Wei Yit Vacuum Flask Mfy Ltd creates stylish and elegant hollow-ware to grace any table. The company began producing 18/8 stainless steel hollow-ware in 1963 and a large, vertically integrated factory was purpose-built in 1986. Today there are well-equipped manufacturing departments including glass melting and blowing; glass lamp work and air evacuation (vacuum); engineering and die/mould tooling; metal drawing and stamping; automatic metal grinding and hand polishing; electroplating; paint spraying and stoving; plastics injection and blow moulding; rubber vulcanizing; and assembly.

WING Shing Mfg Co Ltd is a family business that started in 1965 making light parts and plugs. Several years later, interest in desk lamps led to a product range that today encompasses halogen, ceiling, wall, lamp, floor and desk lamps. In 1997, Wing Shing marketed its own designs under the MG brand. Meanwhile, ODM design work has soared to 70%. Each year, buyers can expect a steady supply of 20-35 new Wing Shing designs, all the brainwork of a nine-member research-and-development team.

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