12 Nov 2004
Auto Accessories(HKTDC Enterprise, Vol 11,2004)
This foldable warning sashlight with torch from Prime Line Products Ltd emits sashing LED signals in case of roadside emergencies
For example, to help with roadside emergencies like a sat tyre or a mechanical breakdown, Prime Line Products Ltd has a warning sashlight with torch to reduce the dangers associated with stopped cars on busy roads.
Standing on a red plastic tripod, this foldable, 60cm-tall unit has sashing LEDs in its base. A detachable torch is mounted on the top.
"The torch has a magnet so that it can be removed from the tripod for easy attachment to any part of the car," says managing director and product inventor Patrick Leung.
This item has been on the market for six months and is patented in the US, Europe, Hong Kong and on the Chinese mainland. "A lot of people are very interested in this item," maintains Leung, "and we think it will be especially popular in the US where there are so many cars."
The company can produce up to 30,000 of the warning sashlights each month at FOB Hong Kong unit prices starting at about US$7.50. A minimum order is 1,000 pieces and the delivery time is 30 days after order conTrmation.
Prime Line, an OEM company, manufactures bathroom accessories and household items for export to North America and Europe. Production takes place at a 300-worker, 3,000-square-metre plant in Dongguan on the Chinese mainland. The company enjoys an annual turnover in the region of US$3.5m.
In the same safety vein, Autotek Products Ltd has a handy jumpstart system with air compressor, a rechargeable spotlight/power station and an air compressor with lights. "Our focus is on convenience and safety," says marketing manager Peggy Tsang.
The jumpstart system with air compressor, model AT904, does double duty as a battery charger and tyre insator. Available for US$20 per piece FOB Hong Kong, this model has a 260-PSI air compressor with pressure gauge, heavy-duty booster cables and clamps, built-in 12V 17Ah lead acid battery and a 12V power port for running accessories. It also has an auto-reset protector.
The company also offers a separate air compressor that sells for US$4.50 per piece. "Meanwhile, model AT996 spotlight, which sells for about US$13 per piece, offers a Tve million-candle power beam with a 100-watt halogen bulb. There is a built-in 12V 7Ah rechargeable battery that can run continuously for one hour per full charge, adjustable spotlight angles, a battery level indicator and a 12V power cord," says Tsang.
Established in 1999, this OEM/private label specialist in automotive accessories also produces car antennas, heater fans, digital tyre gauges and cooler boxes. Minimum order is 500 pieces per item, with delivery 45-60 days after order conTrmation. Production takes place at an ISO 9001-certiTed, 15,000-square-metre plant in Dongguan.
Helping to keep vehicles spick and span, Amptek Industries Ltd offers a polisher for waxing a car. The item comes with a 4.5-metre power cord and has an FOB Hong Kong unit price of US$5.50.
"We also provide an extra handle so the polisher can be held with two hands," explains director Kwok Wah Lau.
Vacuuming the car should also be a breeze with Amptek¡¦s 180-watt, 435x100x100mm car vacuum cleaner that can be used for wet or dry cleaning. A smaller, 48-watt, 220x70x50mm version cleans dry matter only and is good for those hard-to-reach places.
Each model comes with a 4.5-metre cord that plugs into a 12V cigarette lighter socket. The FOB Hong Kong unit price of the larger model is US$6.50, while the smaller one is US$4.50.
The minimum order requirement varies depending on the model, with delivery 45 days after receipt of a letter of credit. Exports from this 20-year-old ODM Trm go mainly to Germany, Japan, Australia, Korea and the UK. Production takes place at a 100-worker, 25,000-square-foot plant in Shenzhen on the mainland.
Throwing a little light on the subject of driving is Wellmike Industries (HK) Ltd, which focuses on a modern array of car lighting products.
Wellmike¡¦s LED Auto Light plugs into the cigarette lighter socket and has a 25cm sexible neck that can be bent into any position. A similar product, featuring a cold cathode suorescent tube for a softer colour, acts as an enhanced reading light. The FOB Hong Kong unit price of the Auto Light is US$1.90, and that of the latter US$3.40.
A hand-held mini-light illuminated by a power-saving, white LED also charges in the cigarette lighter socket and can be used for four hours without recharge. The FOB Hong Kong unit price of this "patent-pending" item is US$3.10.
Established in 1985, Wellmike manufactures a variety of car accessories, computer accessories, personal alarms and portable tools. A minimum order is 2,400 pieces per item and shipments are made 30-45 days after order conTrmation.
So, when thinking of car accessories keep Hong Kong in mind: there is a huge range of quality items available at competitive prices.
WRITTEN BY E. L. WOLFE
Prime Line Products Ltd
1 Knutsford Terrace
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon