8 April 2005
Cables & Wires(HKTDC Electronic Components & Parts, Vol 02,2005)
The world may be moving increasingly towards wireless technology, but wires and cables are still vital when it comes to keeping home and office functioning efficiently.
They connect nearly everything the modern dwelling or workplace uses to a power source, network or other device, which is precisely why Hong Kong companies such as Tri-Mark Enterprise Co has made power cords, cables, assemblies and harness connectors a specialty.
Tri-Mark marketing executive Jenny Lam says the business is far more complex than people think. "We make cables and connectors of all sorts and in almost any length," she observes. "In fact, we make more connectors than cables because some customers want a number of different connectors for only a single cable."
The 18-year-old company manufactures its products at a 9,500-square-metre, 650-worker factory in Shenzhen on the Chinese mainland that boasts ISO 9001 certification and ULL, CSA, PSE, SAA, VDE, SEMKO, NEMKO, SET1, DEMKO, KEMA, OVE, CEBEC, IM and CCC approvals. "We use copper and plastic from Taiwan and the mainland in our products, which we ship all over the world 2-3 weeks after order confirmation," Lam says, adding that Tri-Mark has its own TM brand.
Also based in Shenzhen is Hoview Industrial Ltd, which produces an average of 12 million metres of AV, power and computer cables every month, according to marketing manager Philip Cheung. "We were established in 1989 and have earned worldwide recognition in the cable industry," he claims.
Hoview specialises mainly in audio/video cables, power cables and cables used in computers, which it produces at its 10,000-square-metre, 300-worker plant that has ISO 9001 certification. "All of our power supply cords are fully licensed and approved by the regulatory bodies of their respective countries," Cheung explains, including UL, VDE, PSE, SAA and BSI.
Hoview's products utilise copper, PVC and other types of plastic from Japan, Korea and Taiwan and are shipped mainly to the US, Europe, Australia and Japan within 2-4 weeks of order confirmation. "We have our own King Fook, Hoview and Sahmet brand names and can also fill OEM orders," Cheung says.
Eight-year-old Taylor Tech Union Ltd, meanwhile, has invested in a mainland factory in Dongguan that covers 3,800 square metres, employs 150 workers and ships to local, mainland and overseas markets.
Taylor produces a variety of UL-approved wires and cables, including USB, VGA, DVI, computer and telephone cables. Most of Taylor's harnesses are made with HR, AMP, JST, JAE, Molex and HRS connectors. Normal lead time for an order is around 2-4 weeks after confirmation.
Apollo Wire & Cable (HK) Co Ltd, however, has ventured further afield since its 1993 founding and currently exports to the US, Canada, the EU, Australia, Japan and Korea.
Apollo director of international operations David Sun says the rapid growth of the company over the past 12 years has enabled the firm to open two additional factories in Dongguan that are ISO 9001- and ISO 14000-certified. "Our total manufacturing area has increased to more than 150,000 square metres and we employ in excess of 3,300 workers," he reveals.
Apollo specialises in extension cords, power cords, wire harnesses, cord reels, work lights and plugs, and demands minimum orders of a full TEU, which can be composed of mixed items.
"Our factories are totally integrated and fully equipped, enabling us to manufacture our products from the raw materials with all the necessary testing procedures," Sun adds.
"With more than 80 inspection and laboratory test apparatus, our products are tested and inspected at different stages of the manufacturing process, which ensures the consistency and reliability of our products."
Apollo has its own Polar Flex-brand low temperature cord, and counts the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan and Korea among its main markets. "We have a close relationship with many well-known companies, including General Electric, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Honeywell and Electrolux," Sun claims.
Like most other Hong Kong companies that manufacture cables and wires, Apollo is not worried that its products will suddenly stop selling. "Nearly everything we see in the world that requires electricity needs some kind of cable, so we are confident that our business will prosper far into the future," Sun predicts.
As will those livewire buyers who insist on sourcing increasingly essential cables and wires from Hong Kong manufacturers whose expertise is universally acknowledged.
WRITTEN BY DANYLL WILLS
Apollo Wire & Cable (HK) Co Ltd
Tri-Mark Enterprise Co