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Handy Angles(HKTDC Enterprise, Vol 02,2008)

Hardware, Gardening & DIY


New from C Enterprise (HK) Ltd is this cordless power tool set in an armoured case offering eight hand-held tools including a hammer drill, circular saw and torch

There is no let-up in the demand for general hardware goods, building materials and DIY and gardening tools, especially in more economically developed countries

Hong Kong is a major supplier of a diverse range of tools and materials. For example, Greenline Mfy Ltd supplies gardening gloves and aprons, and brings into play its special expertise in gloves to meet the demands of the modern specialist home gardener.

"We have been in this line for 30 years and two family generations," says Director Lawrence Choi. "Although we do have some gloves for industrial use, most models are intended for the home gardener, which is a big area of interest."

The firm uses modern materials and technology for even simple items, and while the major material used for gloves is cotton with some PVC and leather trim, microfibre is increasingly replacing the leather content. "This meets safety criteria in Europe, while microfibre is also stronger and lighter - and a bit more expensive," says Mr Choi.

One popular item is a printed Pepita cotton woven garden glove with vinyl palms and reinforced palms and tips. Also in demand is a printed floral stretch cotton and micromesh design with PVC dots on the palms and a knitted wristband.

"We offer a considerable range of models to meet the needs of different users, even to the extent of offering especially designed gloves for rose gardeners who need extra protection against thorns," he adds.

The company also produces in different colours to cater to the female gardener. "Fully 80% of our gloves come in pretty colours and are designed with women in mind," says Mr Choi. "They sell particularly well in the US. On the other hand, women in Europe, Germany in particular, like strong, natural-coloured gloves."

Supplying the hardware associated with cabinet makers and furniture producers, Eternal Dragon Int'l Ltd enjoys good demand for its range of drawer handles, knobs, decorative accessories and bathroom fittings.

Standard products include mono plating/painting, dual plating/painting and antique-finished furniture handles in a wide variety suitable for vertical and angled placement on doors and drawers in common sizes that range from 60mm to 130mm in length. Knobs are produced in similar finishes.

The firm's bathroom accessories include adjustable towel bars, towel rails, towel rings, towel hooks, tissue holders, cup holders and soap dishes. "We tend to specialise in die-cast zinc alloy items," says Manager Vicky Wong. "However, we recently added a new line of iron products."

C Enterprise (HK) Ltd has launched a new series of power tools under its Power8works brand name, also intended to bring market attention to the company's CEL brand.

Sales and Marketing Manager Edith Poon explains: "We are targeting the worldwide market with our CEL brand name, and in the power tools category use the Power8workshop brand in a kind of dual-branding approach as it brings a strong tooling image that fits the quality we are supplying."

Ms Poon also insists that the Power8workshop is the first cordless benchtop product of its kind. "Most other products are AC-powered, whereas our unit can be fitted out with hand-held products like a drill, a jigsaw and a circular saw as a complete cordless assembly that can be carried around."

Noting that a charger unit is supplied, she says that C Enterprise is cooperating with a battery producer that has been associated with the power tools industry for more than 15 years and already supplies batteries to popular brands.

"Battery life and work cycles have to be long term, which is why we chose to cooperate with a battery maker who could assure the power source would match the quality of our goods," she explains. "At this stage, we are supplying NiCad batteries but, gradually, we are increasing the percentage of lithium batteries as that is the market trend in power tools."

C Enterprise also manufactures electric garden tools, and new products for 2008 include a line of multifunction tools supplied as a set that incorporates branch-cutting, grass- and hedge-trimming and outdoor sweeping tools.

Wellek Enterprises Ltd is basically a lock maker, offering safety and security for a host of relatively expensive tools that must be locked up for safe keeping.

"We are supplying various types of combination padlocks and locks for lockers, travellers, bicycles, and even supermarket trolleys," says Manager Feynman Wong. "The range is extended to motorbikes and various wheel locks for private cars, while our line of security accessories includes luggage straps, name tabs and various bags."

Noting that most of the metal items are fashioned from zinc alloy, he adds that new products differ only in shape and finish. "The security features remain the same, all tried and true," he asserts.

Clearly, when it comes to hardware and DIY, Hong Kong certainly has the variety and quality to meet demand at every level.



C Enterprise (HK) Ltd
Unit 12, 9/F
Nan Fung Commercial Centre
19 Lam Lok St
Kowloon Bay, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2796-2766
Fax: 852-2814-3899
Web: www.cel-global.com

Year Established: 2006
Major Product Categories: power tools, electric garden tools, floor care products, home appliances
Brands & Certificates: Power8workshop, CEL; Design Week Awards 2008 (UK)
Minimum Order: One TE
Monthly Production Capacity: -
Delivery Time: 45 days
Factory Size & Location: 34,000 square metres; Wuxi
Workforce: 550


Eternal Dragon Int'l Ltd
Units 2101-2, Blk B
New Trade Plaza
6 On Ping St
Sha Tin, New Territories
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2410-0556
Fax: 852-2424-422
Web: www.edi.com.hk

Year Established: 1999
Major Product Categories: furniture handles and knobs, hooks, bathroom accessories, photo frames
Brands & Certificates: -
Minimum Order: 1,000 pieces
Monthly Production Capacity: 2.5 million pieces
Delivery Time: 30-45 days
Factory Size & Location: 6,670 square metres; Huiyang
Workforce: -


Greenline Mfy Ltd
10/F, Blk A
Leapont Ind Bldg
18-28 Wo Liu Hang Rd
Fo Tan, New Territories
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2693-3738
Fax: 852-2693-2088
Web: www.gardengloves.hk

Year Established: 1971
Major Product Categories: gloves and aprons
Brands & Certificates: -
Minimum Order: -
Monthly Production Capacity: -
Delivery Time: 50 days
Factory Size & Location: 2,300 square metres
Workforce: 275


Pumy Industrial Ltd
Rms 3-4, 11/F
Cheung Fat Ind Bldg
64-76 Larch St
Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2398-3018
Fax: 852-2391-6732
Web: www.pumy.com

Year Established: 1992
Major Product Categories: low-voltage garden lights, solar lights, patio lights, Christmas lights, parasol lights
Brands & Certificates: -
Minimum Order: 2,000 sets
Monthly Production Capacity: -
Delivery Time: 60 days
Factory Size & Location: 200,000 square feet; Panyu
Workforce: 1,000


Wang Chun Metal & Plastic Mfr Ltd
Rm 1008
Int'l Trade Centre
11-19 Sha Tsui Rd
Tsuen Wan, New Territories
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2473-1747
Fax: 852-2473-1175
Web: www.wangchunltd.com

Year Established: 2000
Major Product Categories: zinc alloy handles, knobs, hinges and furniture accessories
Brands & Certificates: -
Minimum Order: 1,500 pieces
Monthly Production Capacity: 1.5 million pieces
Delivery Time: 30-35 days
Factory Size & Location: Bao'an, Shenzhen
Workforce: 300


Wellek Enterprises Ltd
Rm 3905
Metroplaza Tower II
Hing Fong Rd
Kwai Chung, New Territories
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2429-0813
Fax: 852-2619-1623
Web: www.wellek.com

Year Established: 1986
Major Product Categories: combination locks, key locks, trolley locks, travel accessories, OEM products
Brands & Certificates: Wellek
Minimum Order: 3,000-5,000 pieces
Monthly Production Capacity: -
Delivery Time: 35-45 days
Factory Size & Location: 20,000 square metres
Workforce: 400


Winnington Casting Co Ltd
Rm 502
Kowloon Plaza
485 Castle Peak Rd
Cheung Sha Wan, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2370-9938
Fax: 852-2370-8862
Web: www.winningtoncasting.com

Year Established: 2000
Major Product Categories: stainless steel kitchen sinks, taps and casting accessories
Brands & Certificates: ISO 9001
Minimum Order: 500 sets
Monthly Production Capacity: 20,000 sets
Delivery Time: 45-50 days
Factory Size & Location: 15,000 square metres; Huizhou
Workforce: 300