14 Sept 2005
Tin Boxes(HKTDC Packaging, Vol 02,2005)
Whether the demand is for round, square, rectangular or oval enclosures, Hong Kong's tin box manufacturing companies can deliver the ideal item at a highly competitive price.
Rio-Pack (HK) Ltd, for example, has more than 30 years' experience producing tins, tin cans, trays, plaques, wall decorations and coasters; designing and developing moulds of different varieties throughout the years. "Our niche lies in new and unique designs and shapes, which cater to the needs of the market," says manager Wallace Wong.
Rio-Pack's products, which include tea and coffee sets, pasta tins, tins with plastic lids and animal-shaped tins, are made from electrolytic tinplate imported from Japan and the Chinese mainland.
Wong says electrolytic tinplate is ideal for producing tin boxes in different shapes and a range of sizes and finishes. "Customers are welcome to choose their own finishes and designs," he adds.
Wong claims that manufacturers appreciate the quality of Rio-Pack's tin boxes because it allows them to emphasise the standard of their own products.
"Manufacturers of all kinds of items enhance their product image by selling their goods to customers in their own decorative tins, which often act as a long-time advertising medium," Wong maintains.
He says decorative tins made of tinplate are ideal for storing or displaying food products. "Our tin boxes are food-friendly and odour- and taste-free," explains Wong. "In addition, collecting tins as souvenirs is becoming a popular trend."
Popular current designs include a three-tier tin, a ginger can and a lunchbox with a plastic handle. "Our competitive advantage lies in tins with contents as our trading arm can source the contents of the tin," Wong explains, adding that tins with beads and instruction booklets will be Rio-Pack's main line in 2006. "Our customers include importers, distributors and wholesalers around the world," says Wong. "Our main markets are North America and Europe."
Rio-Pack produces approximately 400,000 tins per month. "Our minimum order is 10,000-15,000 pieces, which includes 3,600 pieces of any particular design," Wong explains. "Delivery is normally 30-35 days following order confirmation, though our company thrives on rush orders and has shipped 400,000 sets of Seinfeld playing card tins within 60 days of order confirmation."
Four-year-old Chong Shing Tin Box Mfy Ltd is another company that believes in providing customers with plenty of choices when it comes to tin boxes.
"We specialise in manufacturing high-quality tin boxes with a variety of finishes such as offset colour printing, sand, dull silver, silk-screening and embossing, which can be used for a variety of different purposes," says senior sales executive Renee Lam.
Chong Shing manufactures boxes in a variety of shapes and sizes that can be used for storing or displaying watches, spectacles or food items such as biscuits and confectionery.
Lam says the company has developed a worldwide reputation for making items that are both functional and eye-catching. "Our lunch box with a PVC window and a rectangular box with zipper are just two examples," she maintains.
Production takes place at a 200-worker, 10,000-square-metre factory in Dongguan on the southern Chinese mainland that can produce some 600,000 tin boxes a month, using tinplate from the mainland, Taiwan and Korea. "Minimum order is 3,000 boxes, delivered three weeks following order confirmation," Lam adds.
Another company that also believes in offering clients a wide section of products and flexible packaging solutions is Tin King (HK) Mfg Co Ltd, which was founded in 2001.
"We produce high-quality tin packaging, custom-made and decorative tin containers in a variety of shapes and sizes," says general manager Edward Yu. "Our boxes are also suitable for products such as food and confectionary."
The company offers offset colour printing, embossing and silk-screen printing on either standard or custom-made tins. "Our in-house tooling and die department is instrumental in allowing us to offer quick lead times, as well as attractive pricing for embossing and other specialty design features," he claims.
Yu maintains Tin King's commitment to quality and service is based on a well-trained workforce and technology. "Quality control is implemented at every step of each process," he insists.
Tin King also offers complete fulfilment services. "We can provide a range of promotional items that can be packaged with clients' orders prior to shipment," Yu says.
The company is highly experienced in manufacturing custom-made tins complete with promotional or communication items, which are delivered fully assembled ready for sale or as giveaway items. "Our team of designers and artists is happy to help clients develop ideas that can be integrated into tin products that meet their needs," says Yu.
All Tin King's products are manufactured at a 250-worker, 3,000-square-foot factory on the southern Chinese mainland.
They produce one million boxes a month, using tinplate from Japan and Korea, which are sold to the US, Europe and increasingly Eastern Europe. "Minimum order is 5,000 boxes and delivery time is 35-40 days after order confirmation," Yu adds.
Given this enormous range of choices, it's little wonder that many manufacturers maintain that few options are as timeless and as attractive as Hong Kong-made tin boxes when it comes to durable packaging.
Written By Chris Davis
Chiu Luen Metal Works Co Ltd
Chong Shing Tin Box Mfy Ltd