1 Oct 2003
Hardware & DIY Products(HKTDC Enterprise, Vol 10,2003)
Hardware & DIY Products
Tools For The Job
Metek Industrial Co Ltd presents handy items such as an ultrasonic distance meter with laser pointer (left), a digital three-in-one metal/voltage/stud detector (right) and an adjustable AC voltage tester (bottom)
To do a good job requires the right tools and fittings, and for the DIY enthusiast or professional Hong Kong has what it takes. For example, Kin Kei Hardware Industries Ltd, established in 1973, specialises in manufacturing and exporting locks and builders' hardware such as furniture fittings, drapery products and plumbing fittings.
Kin Kei has a wide range of cylindrical door locks, supplying Europe at a time when security is a high priority. It also produces digital door locks and key systems. "The mainland market for cylindrical locks is very competitive, and we are concentrating more on European standards," says partner/owner David Leung.
"Most of our products now go to Europe as we offer German DIN certification. We can also manufacture to British CE standards if required and cater to private labels or our Volar brand."
To beat off competition, Kin Kei recently increased production of high-end digital security systems. "We are trying to do more with items such as digital key systems for doorways and entrances," says Leung.
While prices for cylinder locks depend on size, FOB Hong Kong unit prices for button door locks range from US$18.50 (DL2691) to US$26.50 (DL2735). Prices also vary with colour requirements and packaging needs.
The minimum order value is US$4,000 per shipment for delivery 30-45 days after order confirmation. Manufacturing takes place at a 250-worker Shenzhen plant that processes locally sourced steel and brass and Japanese stainless steel.
Metek Industrial Co Ltd makes testers and detectors. "We produce direct contact and non-contact DIY metal and voltage detectors and stud detectors that locate studs inside wooden walls," says marketing manager Nelson Chan.
"The non-contact voltage detectors work with the magnetic fields surrounding mains (50-60Hz) power. Typically, users can check if a target item is carrying voltage. We have digital versions and a new three-in-one unit (MMD-989) functioning as a metal/voltage/stud detector. It has an FOB Hong Kong unit price of US$6.50."
The digital AC/DC voltage tester (MVT-808D) is also new and costs about US$7, while a new, digital three-in-one metal/voltage/stud detector (MMD-233) costs US$9. Metek also offers an AC/DC voltage tester (MVT-808A) at US$4, and an adjustable AC voltage tester (MVT-2001) at US$3.20. The Ultrasonic Distance Meter (MDM-201) costs about US$14 and comes with a laser pointer.
Europe is a major market for the detectors, while the voltage testers sell well in the US. "We accept OEM projects or use our own Metek brand," Chan advises.
Another major manufacturer of high quality tools and electrical appliances is Saicome Industries Ltd, founded in 1990. This company supplies its own designs and accepts OEM orders. The main product range includes rechargeable power tools, garden tools and other home appliances.
"Model SI-52 is a new cordless and rechargeable two-speed drill/driver with an optional hammer function. This is a heavy-duty design with a D-shaped handle," says marketing executive Kenny Mak. The FOB Hong Kong unit price is US$30-70, depending on destination and voltage requirements.
"The rest of our range includes rechargeable screwdrivers, jig saws and universal saws, besides garden tools such as rechargeable battery-driven grass cutters with Johnson electric motors."
Other products include a cordless power drill with a high performance motor and nicad battery to support heavy-duty work (SI-32) that costs US$20-30. Meanwhile, a jig saw with a 0-45 degrees sawing angle (adjustable), safety lock feature, and speeds up to 2,800 strokes per minute, costs US$23-30 depending on components used, the voltage at the destination and battery specifications. Batteries are included.
The main market is Europe. "Recently, the DIY market has become highly competitive," says Mak, "mainly as a result of competition from mainland companies. To combat this we have new products under development."
Saicome is ISO 9001-certified for rechargeable/cordless hammer drills, also for other power tools in the garden tools line such as hedge trimmers, shrubbers and grass shears. Minimum order is 1,000 sets and delivery takes 45-60 days.
Timy Industrial Mfy, established in 1979, is an ISO 9002-certified manufacturer of bathroom sets and safety accessories. Other lines include towel racks and holders, door handles, paper towel holders in addition to plumbing repair and installation kits, and various dispensers.
"Our products are made of die-cast zinc alloy and are mainly in two product lines - bathroom accessories and products and handles for doors and windows," says sales manager Florence Lau.
"We have our own electroplating and powder coating production lines so we can offer polished or satin chrome, polished brass, PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) and powder coating finishes," she notes.
"We have also adopted new machinery, using PVD, which is a vacuum coating process. This coating can increase the hardness of product surfaces to protect them from daily abrasive wear. We have also increased the length of our automatic powder coating lines and can now finish up to 30,000 handles daily," she adds.
Major markets are the UK, other European countries and Australia. Minimum order is 500 sets and delivery time is 45-60 days. The company imports the zinc alloy from Australia for processing at its 340-worker mainland factory in Ningbo.
Hong Kong makers certainly appear to have a handle on the DIY and hardware business.
WRITTEN BY TONY HENDERSON
Luen Hoi Industrial Co
Flat N, 4/F
Houston Ind Bldg
32-40 Wang Lung St
Tsuen Wan, New Territories
Metek Industrial Co Ltd
Unit 7, 17/F
8 On Ping St
Sha Tin, New Territories
Saicome Industries Ltd
Kwai Wu Ind Bldg
85-89 Ta Chuen Ping St
Kwai Chung, New Territories
Standard Instruments Co Ltd
50 Hoi Yuen Rd
Kwun Tong, Kowloon
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