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Handy Helpers(HKTDC Enterprise, Vol 10,2007)

Hardware, Gardening, DIY & Building Materials


These fingerprint locks made with ICs from the US and Taiwan are part of the huge locks range produced by Goop Hong Kong Ltd
Hong Kong has a huge variety and range of quality products available for the home, the garden, the DIY enthusiast and even the professional builder

Ching Wah Metal Ware Fty Ltd manufactures carbon-steel tool kits suitable for home use or as multipurpose or DIY handyman kits. "We use modern design packaging for all of our tool kits," says Sales Manager Gary Chan.

The 29-piece tool kit comes in a carrying case that holds a torch, ratchet handle, three precision screwdrivers, a two-metre measuring tape, eight socket wrenches, nine screwdriver bits, an adaptor, a pair of long-nose pliers, a pair of diagonal pliers, an extender, a flexible extender, and a cutter.

The price of the 29-piece set is US$6.74 FOB Hong Kong. A 28-piece tool kit in a book-shaped case sells for US$7.49 per set.

"Our tool kits are highly multifunctional, easy to carry and make for tidy storage," Mr Chan says, adding that the company has an in-house design team available for OEM and ODM work.

According to Sales and Marketing Manager Karen Li, Winnington Casting Co Ltd manufactures stainless steel kitchen sinks, taps, door handle sets and industrial parts.

"We also plan to make various under-mounted sinks and kitchen taps with finer and more elegant surface finishing," Ms Li says, adding that one of the firm's best selling models is the top-mounted D8456S1A.

This model is a one-piece, drawn, double-bowl kitchen sink made from durable, premium-grade stainless steel. It also boasts an elegant satin finish. Overall dimensions are 840x560x200mm and the thickness is 0.8mm. The FOB Hong Kong unit price is about US$34.

The 304 stainless steel used is imported from Japan, Germany and the Chinese mainland. "We can draw a one-piece sink up to 230mm in depth without welding," says Ms Li.

The firm does both OEM and ODM work, and Ms Li says that customers' requests are supported by an extensive range of machinery, skilled engineers and fully trained workers.

Meanwhile, with its range of glass tiles, Manroyce Global Ltd is very much in the mainstream of the hardware/building materials sector.

"We produce tiles using float glass as the basic raw material and then add steel, jade and glass according to the design," states Manager Kit Wong. "We source our raw materials from the mainland."

Manroyce specialises in manufacturing top-grade glass tiles suitable for interior and exterior wall applications in both residential and commercial projects.

"Our glass tiles are made from impervious glass, and our production know-how comes from North America and Europe," says Mr Wong. "Depending on the thickness and pattern, the price of glass tiles ranges from US$15-40 per square metre."

The firm offers tiles in more than 70 standard colours, many different sizes and a lot of texture effects to fulfil customers' demands.

"Buyers are always on the lookout for different colours, sizes and unique effects in glass that other materials cannot achieve," says Mr Wong. "We use a ceramic glaze on most models, and the paint and glue that we use are environment-friendly, odourless and non-toxic."

Product trends in glass tiles are thicker types, such as the firm's 7mm, 8mm and 10mm sizes. "Textured surfaces, super white and metallic colours are also in vogue," he adds.

Welford Industries Ltd offers a range of garden decorations. "We manufacture metal garden decorations, wire baskets, candleholders and wall art," says Senior Merchandiser Patrick Leung. "We use powder-coated steel that we source from the mainland."

Unlike other product lines, most buyers seem to favour garden decorations in a traditional style. "They often like an antique finish such as verdigris and rust," says Mr Leung. "Some buyers also like animals and plants. For example, a buyer may want to add animal or plant silhouettes on trellises. Some even buy animal figurines."

The garden pyramid model, for example, which is used to support climbing plants, comes in a set of three (nested packing) with heights/sizes of 55-, 46- and 36-inches. The FOB Hong Kong price per set is US$12.

A garden planter table also comes in a set of three (nested packing) and features height/sizes of 27-, 20- and 15-inches. The unit price is US$8 per set.

Clearly, Hong Kong offers not only a diverse range but also better designs to meet customers' needs.




Ching Wah Metal Ware Fty Ltd
Unit 2401
Well Fung Ind Centre
58-76 Ta Chuen Ping St
Kwai Chung, New Territories
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2425-0161
Fax: 852-2485-2374
Web: www.chingwah.com.hk


Date Established: 1970
Major Product Categories: tool kits
Brands & Certificates: ISO 9001
Minimum Order: 2,000 sets
Monthly Production Capacity: 5,000 sets per item
Delivery Time: 45 days
Factory Size & Location: 5,000 square metres; Shenzhen China
Number of Workers: 350


Goop Hong Kong Ltd
Unit 1, 9/F, Blk A
Tonic Ind Centre
26 Kai Cheung Rd
Kowloon Bay, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2750-2919
Fax: 852-2377-0882
Web: www.goop-hk.com


Date Established: 2002
Major Product Categories: locks (MF, Mafire, IC and fingerprinting locks)
Brands & Certificates: Goop
Minimum Order: one piece
Monthly Production Capacity: 2,000 pieces
Delivery Time: 14 days
Factory Size & Location: 2,000 square metres; Jiangsu, Changzhou China
Number of Workers: 120


Green-Lite Co Ltd
Rm 2201
Trendy Centre
682 Castle Peak Rd
Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-3580-0120
Fax: 852-3580-0121
Web: www.green-lite.com.hk


Date Established: 1995
Major Product Categories: audio video furniture, computer tables
Brands & Certificates: -
Minimum Order: one TEU
Production Capacity: 20,000 sets
Delivery Time: 30-45 days
Factory Size & Location: 10,000 square metres; Guangzhou China
Number of Workers: -


Manroyce Global Ltd
Unit 101
Kodak House 2
321 Java Rd
North Point
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2510-8161
Fax: 852-2510-7345
Web: www.manroyce.com.hk


Date Established: 2004
Major Product Categories: glass tiles
Brands & Certificates: My Tiles
Minimum Order: -
Production Capacity: 500 square metres
Delivery Time: 1 week
Factory Size & Location: -
Number of Workers: -


Welford Industries Ltd
Rm 1909
Asia Trade Centre
79 Lei Muk Rd
Kwai Chung, New Territories
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2427-9288
Fax: 852-2427-3198
Web: www.yayaochina.com


Date Established: 1989
Major Product Categories: metal garden decorations, wire baskets, candleholders
Brands & Certificates: ISO 9002
Minimum Order: 600 pieces
Monthly Production Capacity: 30 TEUs
Delivery Time: 45 days
Factory Size & Location: 65,000 square metres; Heshan China
Number of Workers: 800


Winnington Casting Co Ltd
Rms 502, 508-9
Kowloon Plaza
485 Castle Peak Rd
Cheung Sha Wan, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2370-9938
Fax: 852-2370-8862
Web: www.winningtoncasting.com


Date Established: 2000
Major Product Categories: stainless steel kitchen sinks, taps, door handle sets
Brands & Certificates: ISO 9001
Minimum Order: 500 pieces
Production Capacity: 30,000 pieces
Delivery Time: 40-45 days
Factory Size & Location: 84,000 square metres; Huizhou China
Number of Workers: 3,000