17 Oct 2005
LEDs & LCDs(HKTDC Electronic Components & Parts, Vol 04,2005)
Vol 4, 2005
LEDs & LCDs
|Among the LED products made by Shing Tat Technology Ltd are LED clock displays featuring digits or dot matrix numbers|
Hong Kong electronics and components suppliers have been quick to accept the challenge of supplying a wide variety of LEDs and small panel LCDs, the large majority the LEDs that are predominantly used in consumer electronic items.
"The market demand this year is similar to last year," observes Shing Tat Technology Ltd general manager Li Wang Tung, whose products include LED lamps, LED digit displays and LED dot matrix displays, as well as a series of duplex four-digit LED clock displays that run as large as 1.8 inches. "The 1.8 inch model is our most popular product," Li confides.
The company also produces smaller three-digit and two-digit displays as well as four-inch single-digit displays at its 1,000-square-metre factory in Shenzhen on the Chinese mainland.
"We source most of our materials from the Chinese mainland and Taiwan but obtain tape from Japan," notes Li, who maintains that quality materials are the company's competitive advantage.
Shing Tat's 130 workers produce some 400,000 LED products a month for major markets such as the US and Europe. "Our minimum order is 1,000 pieces delivered 20 days after order confirmation," Li adds.
Microtech Technology Co Ltd, meanwhile, has carved out a lucrative niche producing small-panel LCDs for the ever-increasing selection of popular hand-held devices such as MP3 players, PHS and GSM mobile phones, digital cameras, audio equipment and personal digital assistants (PDAs).
"Our market is expanding because the LCD is becoming an important interface between people and hand-held machines," says managing director Edward Chu. "Our LCDs are most often used in MP3 players and mobile phones." The four-year-old firm sources LCD drivers, FPCs, light guides and EL backlights from the mainland, Taiwan and Korea, while ICs are procured from Japan.
Microtech's 2,000-square-metre, ISO 9000-certified factory in Shenzhen has a production capacity of one million pieces per month, many of which carry the firm's Microtech-Lcd brand.
It can provide an engineering sample within one week and accepts minimum orders of 1,000 units for delivery three weeks after order confirmation to Europe, the US and Asia.
"Major advantages include the fact that we can help design a product based on a customer's specifications," Chu claims, adding that Microtech accepts LCD-module ODM and OEM orders from electronic product companies worldwide.
Taking a different tack is Spark LED Lighting (HK) Co Ltd, which claims to be one of the few manufacturers offering high-powered LED modules using the chip-on-board (COB) technology that enables higher chip densities and permits greater illumination.
"We are enjoying increased demand as requests for high-powered LEDs are rising," says business manager Andy Lau. "Our LEDs are mostly used in flashlights, but other applications include key chains and wearable headlamps."
The US and Europe are the two-year-old company's most popular markets. "We source high-powered LEDs and Cree dies from the US, and have our own design team," Lau explains.
The company produces 100,000 COB LEDs per month at its ISO 9001-certified, 3,600-square-metre factory in Huizhou on the mainland.
Minimum orders are 1,000 LEDs for each colour, but can be negotiated down to 500, while delivery is 3-4 weeks after order confirmation.
Another company offering a wide selection of components is 10-year-old Golden Sing Industrial Co, which manufactures a range of diffused 3mm and 5mm LEDs as well as a variety of discrete components at its ISO 9002-certified factory in Shenzhen.
"Our 5mm LEDs are the most popular," says marketing manager Maggie Yan. "One of the more unusual applications is in an electronic mosquito killer."
Golden Sing sources copper wire from the mainland and Cree dies from Taiwan for its products, which are most popular in the US and Korea. "Our competitive edge is our pricing and our delivery time of only seven days," adds Yan, noting that Golden Sing has a minimum quantity of 10,000 units delivered 1-2 weeks after order confirmation.
Progress Components Ltd also offers a line of diffused 3mm, 5mm and 10mm red, yellow and green LEDs in addition to other components to global electronics leaders.
The seven-year-old company supplies a number of leading brands including Motorola, Philips and National, as well as manufacturers in Asia, Europe and the US.
"Our products are sourced from a variety of manufacturers on the mainland and we have a delivery time of two weeks," advises mainland market manager Kelvin Wong.
Finally, Wah Wang Holdings (HK) Co Ltd shines as a producer of super bright white and high-power LEDs, which are produced at its ISO 9001-certified factory in Shenzhen.
The six-year-old company, whose main markets are Hong Kong, the mainland, the US, Canada, Australia and Europe, requires minimum orders of 10,000 units delivered 10 days after order confirmation.
"We source our LED chips from the US, Japan and Taiwan," says assistant manager Tony To. "Our product quality is a strength, demonstrated by our products passing the Restriction of Hazardous Substances and the EN60825 tests."
Obviously, the outlook is bright for Hong Kong LED and LCD manufacturers as they continue to shine in the global market.
WRITTEN BY JOHN CASEY
Golden Sing Industrial
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New Territories, Hong Kong
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Kowloon, Hong Kong
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Shing Tat Technology
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Golden Dragon Ind Centre
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