12 Jan 2007
Capacitors(HKTDC Electronic Components & Parts, Vol 01,2007)
|Xebor Co offers top-quality capacitors under its Acewin brand name and sells mainly to the Chinese mainland, Europe and North America|
Capacitors are widely used in electronic circuitry, and Hong Kong has an energetic industry supplying manufacturers on the mainland and overseas with all their needs.
With buyers always looking for high-quality products, 1986-established Xebor Co has developed a wide range of high-grade, plastic film capacitors. The company operates an ISO 9002-certified, 3,000-square-foot factory in Shenzhen on the Chinese mainland that employs 120 workers who help to produce some 30 million capacitors a month - including those made under its Acewin brand name.
"We try to maintain long-term partnerships with our clients and to ensure consistently reliable shipments," says business manager Jason Lai. "Our clients are mostly on the mainland, while we also ship overseas to Europe and North America."
Lai explains that Xebor's strict QC tests are intended to achieve a 100% defect-free production rate. "Our products also conform to such international standards as UL, CSA, VDE and DEMKO," he continues.
Capacitors are manufactured from raw materials imported from Korea, Japan and Germany. "We do not have a minimum order requirement and we will usually ship an order 2-3 weeks after order confirmation," says Lai. "FOB Hong Kong unit prices range from US$0.001-1.00."
Meanwhile, 1993-established Capitaltop Electronic Ltd produces a range of ceramic capacitors under its own Captop brand name. It has an experienced team of R&D engineers, and production capacity of 60,000 pieces per month. The finished products are used mainly by manufacturers of audio/video systems.
"Our minimum order is 1,000 pieces," says sales manager Gary Lau. "Because of the high variety in demand, unit prices start from US$0.002, but we prefer to quote against buyers' specifications. Delivery is normally two days after order confirmation."
Capitaltop operates a 10,000-square-metre, ISO 9000-certified, 300-worker factory in Dongguan on the mainland, and sources raw materials and components from Japan and Taiwan. "Our major markets include Hong Kong, the mainland, Taiwan and Europe," Lau says.
Another manufacturer, KJ (HK) Electronics Co Ltd, is known as a specialist provider of V-chip aluminium electrolytic capacitors. This Hong Kong firm commenced operations in 1997.
"Quality and management are our highest concerns, and we are ISO 9001-and ISO 14001-certified," says director and vice general manager Xuesong Qiao. "Our KJ brand capacitors are also RoHS-compliant. We have worked very hard to realise our commitment to the Green Process management system and the production life cycle, from the procurement of raw materials to design, manufacturing, assembly, packaging and distribution, is under tight control."
She says that KJ has been awarded OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety management system certification, issued each year by SGS. "We continue to implement IECQ HSPM QC 080000 Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components to improve our environmental management system," she adds, noting that this strategy has also helped boost KJ's sales in environmentally-conscious markets.
"Mostly, our capacitors are used in LCD panels and AV systems including DVD players," she says. "We source high-quality materials and parts, such as foils, terminals, chemicals, aluminium cases and base plates, mainly from Japan, Hong Kong and the mainland."
Unusual these days, KJ is content to continue its manufacturing operations in Hong Kong. The firm has a 1,884-square-metre, ISO 9001-certified factory in Fanling in the New Territories that employs 50 staff. The monthly production is 10-20 million units, and major markets are Germany, Poland, Israel, Malaysia, Singapore, North Africa and the mainland. Sales to the mainland account for 40% of all business.
"We do not have a minimum order policy and, in some cases, one standard package of 500 pieces is acceptable as a first order," Qiao says. "Prices are quoted per requirements, and delivery is 7-45 days after order confirmation."
Finally, DV Power Ltd mainly engages in the distribution and procurement of electronic parts and components and computer accessories.
Incorporated in 2001, DV's parent company, Mobicon, is a publicly-listed entity and has laid out a strong network and business background for DV's operations.
"We have strong experience in purchases and sales, and our extensive and large product range enables us to meet the different needs of our clients," says sales manager Joseph Yan. "Our business strategy is to provide comprehensive, product-driven services to customers and capacitors play an important role."
He says that DV's custom-made procurement centre provides technical consultation and professional engineering advice, as well as forming a global network for IC sourcing. "Our V-chip aluminium electrolytic capacitors, mainly used in electrical and electronic home appliances, record monthly sales volumes in excess of 300,000 pieces," he adds.
"Our major markets include the mainland, Japan and Korea, with mainland sales accounting for fully 70% of the total," he adds. "The minimum order is 5,000 pieces, and we offer competitive prices." Delivery usually takes 5-10 days after order confirmation.
As Hong Kong manufacturers and traders continue this energetic trend, capacitors will also continue to generate excellent business.
WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY LOK