5 Oct 2005
Hardware, Gardening & DIY Products(HKTDC Enterprise, Vol 10,2005)
Just The Job
For instance, Hoover Mfg Co Ltd has had a niche in gardening products since its establishment in 1962. "We manufacture pressure sprayers for gardening, and our range includes plastic trigger sprayers, plastic pressure sprayers and hose gun sets. One of our latest models is a 12-litre backpack sprayer," says executive Fion Fan.
She explains that the range is amplified by the diversity of shapes and sizes on offer. "We did this to bring variety into our product line and to create specific functionality to suit the different needs and purposes of the gardening end-user," she adds.
"Our trigger sprayer, for example, comes as a spray-head with a bottle that is available in sizes ranging from 250ml up to one litre and in different shapes. The pressure sprayer comes with a pump to increase the spray distance and force, while the trigger sprayer is a simpler device perfect for gently spraying plants."
Using PP and PE from Singapore, Korea and Japan, the ISO 9001-certified company employs 120 workers at its 4,200-square-metre factory in Dongguan on the Chinese mainland and selected items carry mandatory German TUV/GS approvals.
A minimum order is one TEU for delivery 45 days after order confirmation, and Fan says that major markets for Hoover are Australia, New Zealand, Japan, other places in Asia and Europe.
Established in 2000, Wang Chun Metal & Plastic Mfe Ltd supplies the hardware market with zinc alloy furniture accessories. "We manufacture a range of items such as handles, pulls and knobs for drawers, cupboards and doors," says marketing manager Jason Cheung. "On a smaller scale we produce hinges and drawer locks."
The company services the mainland market but, because price competition there is extreme, most of the production goes overseas - to the US and Europe (mainly Germany). "The price of zinc alloy is climbing and this is a problem throughout our industry," he comments. "Fortunately, although established in 2000 only, in terms of real experience terms we have a rich history."
He says that the company does not have in-house designers, preferring to use freelancers. "However, most orders are OEM, and products are of high quality and competitively priced. We will also show new designs at the 2006 Hong Kong Houseware Fair," he promises.
Using zinc alloy sourced from Australia, the 300-worker factory in Shenzhen on the mainland prepares finished items that go mainly to the US and Europe. Minimum order is 5,000 pieces per item for delivery 30-45 days after order confirmation.
Meanwhile, 1989-established Hing Wah Lock Fty Ltd has a wealth of experience in general security products and builders' hardware. "We specialise in all kinds of locks, particularly brass padlocks and cylinders," says sales manager Rebecca Lee. "We have our own on-site tooling department, too, so the range of products that we can develop by working with our customers is practically unlimited."
She says that, despite current difficulties such as fuel shortages and greatly increased raw material prices, Hing Wah continues to expand. "We have loyal customers who are willing to absorb the price increases and, while some sectors of the business have slowed slightly and capacity has decreased because of fuel shortages, we remain very busy."
Minimum order value is US$5,000 and delivery is 45 days after confirmation of order. Major markets are the US and Europe, and all raw materials are imported, including brass that comes mainly from Australia and South Africa. Production takes place at a 120,000-square-foot, 800-worker factory in Dongguan.
Contentedly supplying the medium-end DIY market with a 20-model selection of cordless power tools is 2002-established Champ's Way Industrial (HK) Ltd. "We offer cordless saws, screwdrivers and other power tools for the DIY market that we supply in sets with cases or as individual items. Usually, a set will contain 2-6 pieces," says marketing manager Victor Chan. "We also have a sander, a reciprocating saw, a circular saw, a jigsaw, and models with a torch feature."
Australia, the US, the UK and some northern European countries are the major destinations for Champ's power tools. "This year, business is steady without being especially good. I think the high price of crude oil is a major threat to our business as the tool housings are all ABS," he notes.
The company is ISO 9000- and ISO 9002-certified, and this helps sales in certain demanding markets that are mindful of safety and types of materials used as well as working conditions.
"We can produce at the high-end if requested by, for example, brand-name companies. We do not have our own brand, although we are looking into that possibility, as we are mostly an OEM firm," says Chan.
Plastics and metals are sourced on the Chinese mainland for items available in minimum orders of one TEU per model for delivery 35-45 days after order confirmation. Production takes place at factories in Shenzhen and Wuxi on the mainland that boast some 25,000 square metres of combined workspace.
Clearly, when it comes to hardware, gardening and DIY products, Hong Kong is the best place to find what is required to get the job done right.
WRITTEN BY TONY HENDERSON
Hing Wah Lock Fty Ltd
Wang Chun Metal & Plastic Mfe Ltd