1 Oct 2003
Lighting(HKTDC Enterprise, Vol 10,2003)
Hardware & DIY Products
An unusual 3-D table lamp featuring a picture of a leaping dolphin from Philmax Progressive Products Ltd makes a conversation piece
Classic or modern, lighting products from Hong Kong are sure to light up your business. While Hong Kong suppliers dazzle with a wide spectrum of lights and lamps of their own design, they also engage in OEM/ODM projects.
Enjoying bright business, Kai Lai Lighting Mfg Ltd offers pendant lamps, floor lamps, table lamps, wall lamps, door lights and outdoor lights. A popular model is a milky-yellow alabaster table lamp with a silk lampshade. Model TM-31111 sports a metal base and two imitation candles, while a taller version, TM-3183, is adorned with gold-coloured metal decoration.
"These lamps are classic in style," says managing director Tsoi Hong Kap. "The alabaster is from Spain and the silk from the Chinese mainland. Other materials include copper."
The unit price for either model is about US$120 FOB Hong Kong. "The minimum order is 10-20 lamps per model, depending on the overall order size," says Tsoi. Running on 110V or 220V AC, delivery is 40 days from confirmation of order.
Using the Raymond brand name, Kai Lai sells to mainland hotels and retails in Beijing and Shanghai. Its merchandise also reaches Singapore, Japan and the US through Hong Kong trading firms. "We make several thousand lamps each month, depending on the demand. In a peak month, the volume may reach 7,000-8,000 units."
Founded in 1980, the company produces lamps at a 60,000-square-foot, 280-worker plant in Shunde on the southern mainland. "We are building a new 100,000-square-foot factory in Shanghai, which will be our main factory and house more machines," Tsoi says.
New and stylish steel cane lamps from Hop Shing Int'l Lighting Ltd are characterised by their slim lines. "The idea came from looking at a pen," says marketing manager Haans Chow. "Conventional lamps are often bulky and I wanted to design something different. I believe these slim lamps will help make people feel more comfortable and the environment appear more spacious."
There are two versions: a floor model (HF-8075) and a desk type (HF-9153). "Both can be adjusted in four directions," Chow notes. "There are two low-voltage bulbs encased in a glass filter so the light is softer and not so tiring on the eyes. The transformer is hidden under the base," he adds.
Set up in 2000, Hop Shing produces lamps at a 25,000-square-metre, 300-worker factory in Dongguan on the southern mainland. "Next year, we plan to build another factory with five floors and a total area of 80,000 square feet," Chow says.
Hop Shing produces an average of 40 FEUs of lamps per month. Minimum order size is one FEU for delivery 35 days after confirmation of order. Most of the steel and the glass used are of Japanese origin. The major market is Europe, accounting for 70% of turnover, while the US accounts for the balance. Unit prices range from US$10-50 FOB Yantian on the Chinese mainland.
For a different look, Sinoplus Products Co offers portable halogen work lights with tripod stands. "Essentially, these products are for adding to existing lighting systems or for use in the garage or garden," says general manager Eric Tam.
With cast aluminium housings for durability and extra-large lens frames and cushioned metal handles, Chow says the UV-protected tempered glass lenses provide extra protection during heavy-duty use.
"The tripod stands are collapsible and foldable for easy transport and storage, while the lenses and bulbs are protected by metal grilles. There are also sealed switches to keep out dust and moisture, and long power cords to allow for extended reach," he continues.
Model 55431 has one 500W halogen bulb, a 49-inch-high tripod stand and an eight-foot power cord. Model 55433 boasts two 500W halogen bulbs, a 71-inch-high tripod stand and a 12-foot power cord. The aluminium and most other materials used for these lights are sourced from the mainland.
On average, nine-year-old Sinoplus turns out 200,000 halogen work lights and outdoor lights per month at its ISO 9001-certified, 300-worker plant on a 7,000-square-metre site in Ningbo on the mainland. Unit prices range from US$3.50-15.00 FOB Ningbo, while a minimum order is 3,000 units for delivery 30-45 days after confirmation of order. Major markets are the US, Europe and Japan.
Also offering halogen-ceiling spotlights, including single-light (8741-ISB) and three-light (8753-ISB) versions, is seven-year-old Bontic Industrial Ltd. "They look very elegant," marketing manager Jackie Lam says of the AC-operated ceiling lamps. "As there is no need for transformers, they are also lighter and easier to install."
Bontic's full range includes spotlights, wall lamps, table lamps, floor lamps, down lights and pendant lamps in a unit price range from several US cents to more than US$20 FOB Hong Kong. Production takes place in a 50,000-square-foot, 350-worker plant in Shunde, on the mainland.
"Our monthly production volume varies. In July, it is 22 TEUs of different sizes," Lam says, adding that the minimum order is negotiable. Delivery takes 45-60 days from confirmation of order, and Bontic exports to Europe, selling to department stores, hardware stores, importers and contractors.
Looks like Hong Kong lamp manufacturers will be lighting up business the world over.
WRITTEN BY LIZA LEE
Hop Shing Int'l Lighting Ltd
Units 6-8, 25/F
2 On Yiu St
Sha Tin, New Territories
Kai Lai Lighting Mfg Ltd
Unit B, 19/F
Prince Ind Bldg
106 King Fuk St
San Po Kong, Kowloon
Philmax Progressive Products Ltd
Flat A, 2/F
Valiant Commercial Bldg
22-24 Prat Ave
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Sinoplus Products Co
6 Shing Yip St
Kwun Tong, Kowloon
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