3 July 2006
Ballast(HKTDC Electronic Components & Parts, Vol 03,2006)
|Mextra Ltd's electronic ballasts, with high efficiency and energy-saving features, are in great demand in Europe and North America|
Behind the bright lights that make Hong Kong an instantly-recognised landmark, the territory is also home to numerous manufacturers of lighting controls and ballast units for fluorescent tubes.
The humble ballast has the potential to save huge amounts of energy. One need only think of the enormous buildings and organisations worldwide that have many hundreds, or even thousands, of fluorescent light fittings. Get the ballast right, or fit the right ballast unit, and the potential energy-saving numbers become equally impressive.
A leading player, offering full professional services in addition to BAST-brand products, is the 1992-established, ISO 9001-certified Brighten Technology Development Ltd.
Brighten produces a full range of electronic ballasts, electronic transformers, emergency lighting sets, fluorescent lighting fittings and exit signs, for both the domestic and overseas market.
"Many customers choose to work with us because we strive to remain at the cutting edge of industry developments and we work to develop new products that meet their needs," says general manager Anson Lam.
"We have a strong client base in North America, Europe and Asia," he adds. "In addition, we supply major clients such as the Hong Kong government. In fact, we have long-standing experience catering to the needs of clients large and small."
Brighten's range, which complies with international standards including CE, IEC, Nemko and BS, is manufactured at its 10,000-square-metre factory in Guangdong Province on the Chinese mainland. With flexible staffing levels of 100-200 workers, Brighten produces in excess of 50,000 units per month.
Meanwhile, the 2003-established Eastech System Engineering Ltd has quickly become a key player in the electronic components industry by specialising in electronic ballasts, T5 fluorescent light tube adaptors and induction cookers.
"This year's big sellers are our energy-efficient Super Power Electronic Ballasts, which are capable of saving users some 40% in energy costs," says manager Winnie Wong. "These items start at FOB Hong Kong unit prices of HK$35, so they are an investment even the smallest business should find worth making."
The company has attracted buyers from Europe, Africa, North America and throughout Asia. Production takes place at a 1,000-square-metre factory in Guangdong Province that is manned by some 150 workers.
"We can meet even the most taxing of order deadlines," says Wong. "We offer quality products, good customer service and prompt delivery, which are the key points in the way we do business."
This approach is echoed by Luen Yick Electrical Mfg Co Ltd managing director Joe Kan. "Good customer service and building the confidence of clients have been company policy from the very beginning," he says.
This family-owned company has manufactured electrical accessories since commencing business in 1968, and has produced fluorescent light fixtures and cabinet down lights since 1990.
"Another great strength of our company is the ability to manufacture OEM products," Kan adds. "Furthermore, we are delighted that visiting clients are always impressed with our factory and the manufacturing process."
Luen Yick owns a 200,000-square-foot factory in Hui Zhou City in Guangdong Province that employs some 850 workers producing about 250,000 units per month - including fluorescent lighting fixtures, ballasts and other electrical components bearing the Kengo brand. The minimum order is 1,000 units, and delivery is usually 40-50 days after order confirmation.
"Our products are very popular with clients in the UK, the Netherlands, North America, Australia, Turkey and the mainland, and our aim is to provide them with a one-stop solution to their needs," says Kan.
"Accordingly, we have invested heavily in R&D facilities to ensure we are up-to-date and able to offer new designs and manufacturing services," he adds.
Having gained ISO 9001 certification in 2002, Kan says Luen Yick's products and services carry with them years of experience and expertise built to comply with the most rigorous international standards. Luen Yick also has sales offices on the mainland and in Turkey.
Another maker in this sector, the 2004-established, ISO 9001-certified Cyber Light (HK) Ltd, has succeeded in building up a worldwide client base for a range of infrared controllable, dimmable lighting ballasts combining energy efficiency and state-of-the-art technology.
Included in the company's collection is the CyberLight SuperDim, claimed to be the world's smallest dimmable fluorescent ballast also offering up to 65% savings in energy.
Production takes place at the firm's 10,000-square-metre factory in Guangdong Province, which produces, more than 30,000 units per model per month. These are available in minimum order quantities of 1,000 pieces, for delivery within two months of order confirmation.
"Our products speak for themselves," affirms manager Jason Chan. "Everyone would like to save on energy costs, and we provide the technology that allows people to do that. At the same time, reliable and customer-centred services are equally important."
With cutting edge technology, low costs and client-centred manufacturing and delivery services, Hong Kong's lighting component sector definitely has a bright future.
WRITTEN BY NICK BRADLEY
Luen Yick Electrical Mfg
Flat F, 10/F, Blk 2
Kingsford Ind Bldg
26-32 Kwai Hei St
Kwai Chung, New Territories