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Cold Cases(HKTDC Enterprise, Vol 01,2008)

Coolers & Refrigerators

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Halifax Mfy (HK) Ltd's wine coolers with temperature controls, in either streamlined designs or bucket shapes, are perfect for parties
From small to large, indoor to outdoor and portable to built-in, the range of coolers and refrigerators on the market caters to every need

There's nothing like a cold drink on a hot day or a perfectly chilled glass of wine - and these can now be enjoyed anywhere thanks to the diverse collection of coolers and refrigerators from companies in Hong Kong and abroad.

One such company is Mobicool Int'l Ltd, a leading manufacturer of mobile refrigeration products in Asia, which offers indoor and outdoor Peltier-system thermoelectric coolers - including more than 30 models with 5-48 litre capacities.

Two popular models, each weighing about 3.5 kg and unit-priced at about US$25 FOB Hong Kong, are model S15, a 14-litre PP cooler, and model S32, a 32-litre foldable, soft bag nylon cooler with PU insulation.

With a shoulder strap and flip-top cover, the S15 cools to 18° Celsius below ambient temperature. The S32, meanwhile, cools to 15° Celsius below ambient temperature and features several storage pockets as well as a handy bottle flap opening.

"You can put your hand in and pull out a bottle instead of opening the whole top," says Marketing Manager Alton Wong.

About 75% of Mobicool's products are sold under its own brand, with the remainder being OEM/ODM products.

Putting more of an emphasis on wine coolers and party products such as fountain coolers is Halifax Mfy (HK) Ltd. The firm's line of eight wine coolers includes one model with a temperature selector for 33 different kinds of wines. The item sells for US$32 FOB Hong Kong each with stand; and US$27 without.

A pump-action cocktail fountain cooler featuring a cascading waterfall of the user's favourite tipple is the perfect fun centrepiece at parties. The three-tier, 55cm-high fountain is made of ABS and holds nine litres. Unit-priced at US$14, the product is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

Halifax's CD cooler with handle allows music lovers to enjoy their favourite songs. With an eight-can (six-litre) capacity, the item can be ordered in a colour choice of red, yellow or white. Running on AC (home) or DC (car), the unit sells for US$39 apiece.

"We're selling in the UK and Europe now, but we want to expand into the US," says Marketing Manager Roger Ramani.

Portable and versatile mini-coolers like Firmstar Household Appliances Ltd's colourful models are just right for outdoor activities. The range of five sizes sells for US$20-40 FOB Hong Kong each, with the smallest able to hold six cans.

One of the company's best-selling models is a plastic chest-type unit with a 15-can (10-litre) capacity and cutting-edge thermoelectric technology that can heat or cool. "It can cool to 5° Celsius or heat to 60° Celsius," says Managing Director Patrick Sinn. Unit-priced at US$20, the model can be used with AC/DC and ordered in a variety of colours.

Also popular are Firmstar's wine cellars, which operate on a powerful compressor cooling system and can hold 12-180 bottles. A dual-temperature function allows white wines to be chilled to 5° Celsius while red wine is kept at 15°. These wine cellars are offered at US$60-180 each.

For small living spaces, Product Specialties Inc's wine coolers and cellars are just right. An example is the 2Dual Zone model WC6030-197 measuring 7.7 inches wide, 33 inches high and 17.25 inches deep, which sells for US$75 FOB Hong Kong.

"A lot of houses are getting smaller. This item is designed to work in the dining room or a small apartment," explains Vice President and General Manager Martin Kehoe. "The unit has an eight-bottle capacity. The thermoelectric cooling system's dual zone temperature keeps white wine at 9° Celsius and red wine at 17° Celsius."

The company's newly introduced two-bottle wine bar (model WE200) is a handy alternative to a wine bucket. The countertop unit features temperature settings for red, rosˆm or white wine and sells for US$60. "It can also chill vodka or champagne," Mr Kehoe adds. "Each bottle chamber can be set to a different temperature so both red and white wine can be chilled at the same time." Chilling time for red wine is 30 minutes, and 1-2 hours for white.

Mini refrigerators and wine cellars from Ningbo Jintong Electric Appliance Co Ltd (Shenzhen office) are available in a variety of sizes and capacities. Mini refrigerators come in three capacities between four and 32 litres, operate on AC/DC and can cool to 5° Celsius at an ambient temperature of 25° Celsius.

The company's compressor portable refrigerators, available from 35-65 litres, can run on 12-24V DC or 100-240V AC and cool to minus 5° Celsius. "Extra features include an easy-grip handle and useful cup-holder indentations on the lid," says Sales Executive Bonnie Huang, adding that these models are made of PP and stainless steel. "Wherever you go, you can take them with you for cool drinks or food."

Ningbo Jintong's line of eight wine cellars utilises semiconductor technology and ranges from 18-152 litre capacities. "The smallest unit holds six bottles and the largest can hold 60 bottles," Ms Huang notes. "They are exquisite, top-class and practical designs." Unit prices range from US$33-140 FOB Ningbo.

Avanti Global Enterprises Ltd's adjustable dual temperature wine coolers can chill red and white wines to between 5° and 18° Celsius. One top-selling model (JG-54EB), priced at US$300-350 FOB China, offers a stainless steel frame and holds up to 46 bottles (upper section 14 bottles, lower section 32 bottles).

Measuring a compact 595x854x585mm, the unit features a no-frost compressor-type cooling system, sliding wooden shelves, soft interior lighting, advanced electronic controls with LED displays and an interior water tank to maintain or increase moisture levels.

"More and more people are buying wine coolers," observes General Manager Franky Lau. "Kitchens are incorporating wine coolers into their designs so our customers don't worry about having space for them."

Buyers can choose from 10 models with capacities of 12-168 bottles, at unit prices varying from US$50-600.

Mini-sized or large, indoor or outdoor, portable or built-in, these versatile coolers and fridges are sure to suit every need and see hot demand.

TEXT BY BRANDI BARKER

 

Avanti Global Enterprises Ltd
No.22 Xinhui Rd
Shunde Science & Technology Ind Park Wusha, Daliang, Shunde District
Foshan City, Guangdong
China
Tel: 86-139-2914-4916
Fax: 86-757-2280-3839
Email:
frankylau@avanti-global.com
Web: www.avanti-global.com
Year Established: 2003
Major Product Categories: wine coolers, showcases, chest freezers
Brands & Certificates: -
Minimum Order: -
Monthly Production Capacity: -
Delivery Time: -
Factory Size & Location: Foshan
Workforce: -
   
Halifax Mfy (HK) Ltd
Rms 4-6, 21/F, Blk E
Wah Lok Ind Centre
37-41 Shan Mei St
Fo Tan, New Territories
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2688-2183
Fax: 852-2687-4040
Email:
info@halifax.com.hk
Web: www.halifax.com.hk
Year Established: 1985
Major Product Categories: household, gifts, beauty, coolers & warmers
Brands & Certificates: ISO 9000
Minimum Order: 1,500 pieces
Monthly Production Capacity: -
Delivery Time: 35 days
Factory Size & Location: China
Workforce: 220
   
Firmstar Household Appliances Ltd
Units B & C, 9/F
World Tech Centre
95 How Ming St
Kwun Tong, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2341-5381
Fax: 852-2343-1100
Email:
info@firmstar.com
Web: www.firmstar.com
Year Established: 1981
Major Product Categories: fans, heaters, coolers, air-conditioners, barbecue gas grills
Brands & Certificates: -
Minimum Order: -
Monthly Production Capacity: -
Delivery Time: -
Factory Size & Location: Zhongshan
Workforce: -
   
Mobicool Int'l Ltd
Suites 3210-12, Tower 2
The Gateway
25 Canton Rd
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2461-1386
Fax: 852-2466-5553
Email:
mbc@mobicool.com
Web: www.mobicool.com
Year Established: 1991
Major Product Categories: coolers
Brands & Certificates: Mobicool; ISO 9001, ISO 14001, SA 8000
Minimum Order: 3,000 pieces
Monthly Production Capacity: 100,000 pieces
Delivery Time: 2 months
Factory Size & Location: 200,000 square metres; Shenzhen & Zhuhai
Workforce: 1,200
   
Ningbo Jintong Electric Appliance Co Ltd (Shenzhen office)
24/F, First Section
Modern Plaza Bldg
Nanshan District, Shenzhen
China
Tel: 86-755-8622 9747
Fax: 86-755-8622 6404
Email:
kinton@goldencooler.com
Website: www.cn-yuton.com
Year Established: 2001
Major Product Categories: semi-electric portable fridges, compressor ice makers, wine cellars, ice-cream makers
Brands & Certificates: -
Minimum Order: -
Monthly Production Capacity: 30,000 pieces
Delivery Time: 25 days
Factory Size & Location: Ningbo
Workforce: 300
   
Product Specialties Inc
10 Carlow Court
Unit 6, Whitby, ON LIN 9T7
Canada
Tel: 1-905-668-0818
Fax: 1-905-668-5204
Email:
martin@productspec.com
Web: www.chambrer.com
Year Established: 1970
Major Product Categories: small appliances, wine coolers, paper shredders, wine accessories
Brands & Certificates: Chambrer, Final Touch, Lighting Lever
Minimum Order: one TEU
Monthly Production Capacity: -
Delivery Time: 45-60 days
Factory Size & Location: Canada
Workforce: -