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PRODUCT FEATURES(HKTDC Electronic Components & Parts, Vol 01,2001)

Hong Kong Electronic Components & Parts

Vol 1 2001


New Chips, New Purposes
Integrated Circuits

All Is Well If Connected Well
Cable & Connectors

Avoiding Shocks & Shedding Light
Fuses & Bulbs


New Chips, New Purposes

Integrated Circuits

VERSATILE chip manufacturers based in Hong Kong produce ICs for numerous consumer products, ranging from mobile telephones to toys. As new uses for these critical components continue to develop, Hong Kong companies are moving into more innovative areas to fulfil customers' needs.

Solomon Systech Ltd, a Hong Kong-based spin-off from Motorola, specializes in designing and producing flat-panel-display chips. The company offers more than 20 models, including LCD drivers and controllers for use in mobile phones, personal digital assistants and pagers.

Established in mid-1999, this ISO 9001-certified enterprise produces more than 2m chips per month for sale worldwide at prices of US$2-8 per piece FOB Hong Kong. Minimum order is 500 pieces, with delivery nine weeks after order confirmation.

Solomon produces standard chips and custom-designed models at factories in Taiwan, the Chinese mainland and South Korea. The Solomon brand is stamped on all its products.

Solomon's ICs are among the smallest available. "Since mobile phones and other devices are becoming smaller, companies want smaller chips. The ones we make have a width of about 1mm," says product marketing manager Vincent Wong.

In November, Solomon launched a multi-line addressing series of chips offering "better display quality, faster response times and better contrast", Wong says. These sell for US$7 per piece FOB Hong Kong, or US$15-20 per three-piece set.

Chips that signal LED controllers to flash a light are a mainstay for Bowin Electronic Co. This eight-year-old firm makes LED flashers for mobile phones, bicycle lamps, key-chains, pens, watches and toys.

"We have more than 50 types of chips, most of them for LED controllers," says Bowin sales manager Esmond Chow.

The company also makes chips for use in kitchen timers and other home appliances, melody generators, sound-effects chips and Christmas-light controllers.

About 70% of the 1m chips Bowin produces each month are standard models, with the rest custom-made. Standard models all carry one of the firm's four brands ?CDT, UM, HT or M3. Most production is sub-contracted to two factories in Taiwan. Prices range from US$0.03-0.40 per piece FOB Hong Kong, and minimum order is 1,000-2,000 pieces.

The company exports to customers worldwide while also selling to Hong Kong firms. "We have a large inventory of standard sizes so we can ship those immediately," says Chow. Custom-made chips are delivered two months after order confirmation.

New chip products under development include models for a car-parking timer and a pet feeder. "The car-park timer would remind you to put more money in the meter at different intervals. The pet feeder would automatically release food to caged animals, like hamsters, or to fish," explains Chow.

Both models will be available in the first quarter of 2001.

Guidy Int'l Ltd's ICs for calculators, watches and telephones are imported semi-finished from Russia and sent for backline processing at the company's factory in Shenzhen on the Chinese mainland.

"This allows us to sell at very low prices," says Eric Wong, the seven-year-old firm's marketing manager. Guidy's ICs cost HK$0.30-4 (US$0.04-0.51) per piece FOB Hong Kong.

Guidy produces 10-15 models, including six for different types of calculators. "About 25% of the 40m chips we make each month are for calculators," Wong says. All carry the Angstrem brand. Minimum order is 1,000 pieces, with shipments going out 20-30 days after order confirmation.
The company sells primarily to Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Chinese mainland. "We are looking for more markets. We're waiting for the Russian factory to expand production and for further improvements in technology," Wong adds.

Last June, Guidy began producing LCD drivers that sell for US$0.10-1 FOB Hong Kong. "We make 50,000 per month now, and hope to increase that to 200,000," Wong says.

The company also aims to increase its range of ICs. "We are going to introduce five new chips for consumer electronic products in the second quarter of 2001," Wong explains.

At E-Sun Electronics (HK) Ltd, custom-made chips for audio and video consumer products account for 40% of production.

"We have more than 10 models, and we sell worldwide," says the 11-year-old company's managing director Richard Hung. These are priced from US$0.15-100 per piece FOB Hong Kong. Minimum order is 1,000 pieces, with delivery within 12 weeks.

Private-label and OEM work accounts for most of the company's orders, although 25% of E-Sun's chips bear the company's own SMT brand.

Next on E-Sun's agenda are plans to develop chips for DVDs and mobile phones.


Contact Details

Bowin Electronic Co
11/F, Unit 1110
49-51 Harry Industrial Bldg
Au Pui Wan St, Fo Tan
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2631-7036
Fax: 852-2643-9503
E-mail: bowin@tsl.net.hk

E-Sun Electronics (HK) Ltd
9/F, Rms B12 & B14, Blk B
Kailey Industrial Centre
12 Fung Yip St, Chai Wan
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2556-6991
E-mail: r.hung@esun.imsbiz.com

Guidy Int'l Ltd
Rm 1705, Nan Fung Centre
264-298 Castle Peak Rd, Tsuen Wan
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2413-7424
Fax: 852-2414-1316
E-mail: guidyint@hkstar.com

Solomon Systech Ltd
37/F, Units 1-9,Tower One
Millennium City
388 KwunTong Rd, Kwun Tong
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2207-1111
Fax: 852-2267-0800
E-mail: sales@solomon-systech.com

Wing Shing Computer Components Co (HK) Ltd
9/F, Unit E, Lladro Centre
72 Hoi Yuen Rd, Kwun Tong
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2341-9276
Fax: 852-2797-8153
E-mail: wsccltd@hkstar.com

All Is Well If Connected Well

Cable & Connectors

ALL over the world, cables and connectors are in high demand to keep the electronic equipment so important to modern life operating smoothly. Hong Kong suppliers can tailor-make such components for use with all types of electronic consumer goods.

Taylor Tech Union Ltd produces a wide spectrum of wire harnesses, cable assemblies and connectors for an array of merchandise, including audio, telecom, fibre-optic and computer products.

The company's catalogue includes audio cables, USB cables for data transmission, IDC cables for high-volume data transmission and FFC cables for internal signal transmission.

"Our products meet the UL standard," says Taylor Tech sales manager Mark Wong.

At a 20,000-square-metre, 400-worker factory in Dongguan on the Chinese mainland, the company produces 3 million-10 million items per month. The raw materials include PVC, copper, nylon and brass from Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, the Chinese mainland and elsewhere. Unit prices range widely from HK$0.15 (US$0.02) to more than HK$100 (US$12.82) FOB Hong Kong.

"Our service is good. We are fast in quoting prices and producing samples. We have good technical support," Wong says.

Tailor Tech exports mainly to Turkey, the Netherlands, Spain and the US. There is no minimum-order requirement, and delivery takes 2-4 weeks after order confirmation, depending on the products. Some items carry the Taylor brand.

Walex Electronic Ltd makes cable assemblies and wire harnesses for audio/video equipment, electronic games, telephones, cars, computers, power supplies and other devices. Its products include OEM cables, custom-made connectors, modular-jack assemblies, telephone cords, printer cables, monitor cables, computer cables, power-supply wire assemblies and automotive-alarm wire assemblies.

Sales manager Joe Chow says Walex has obtained UL and CUL certificates. The company's annual turnover is about US$11m. Its 270,000-square-foot factory, employing 750 workers in Shenzhen on the Chinese mainland, meets ISO 9002 and QS 9000 standards.

"The factory is supported by a team of engineers and technicians dedicated to enhancing production efficiency and improving production equipment. This team carries out research and development activities," Chow says.

"Incoming raw materials are checked by a team of inspectors. Even finished products must undergo a final random quality test. This is to ensure all products meet customer specifications and recognized safety standards," Chow notes.

Unit prices range from several cents to several hundred Hong Kong dollars (HK$1 equals US$0.13) FOB Hong Kong, depending on customers' requirements.

Established in 1988, Walex requires a minimum value of US$5,000 for overseas shipments, and the usual lead time is 2-4 weeks. Leading markets include the US, Japan and the Chinese mainland.

Kengo Development Ltd produces curved electric lines, cables, PU/PVC electric cords for adaptors and chargers, and signal/communication lines for telephones, communication devices and earphones. Each month the company makes 20 million metres worth of such products at its 2,500-square-metre factory, employing more than 200 workers, in Dongguan.

Company representative Alex Chan says the raw materials include PU, PVC and copper wire from Taiwan, Japan, the Chinese mainland and other origins. "Everything depends on the customer's needs," he adds.

Founded in 1997, the company applies a minimum order of 50,000m. Normal lead time is about two weeks, but varies depending on quantity.

Under the Katai brand, Kengo sells to customers in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong. The cables and connectors cost from "several tens of cents to several dollars" in Hong Kong currency FOB Hong Kong, Chan says.

Lick Kan Electrical Co makes AC cords, DC wires, television cables, audio/video cables and network cables. These are used for an assortment of consumer items, such as electrical appliances and computers.

"The materials come from Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan, the latter being the main source. For example, some of the special PVC we use is from Taiwan," says Lick Kan proprietor Yau Kwong-yiu.

These products can carry any customer's logo. "Customers can simply give us their specifications, and we'll design for them, or they can give us their own designs," Yau adds. The minimum order is usually 5,000 units per style.

Lick Kan delivers goods about 20 days after receiving a letter of credit. The company exports mainly to Europe, notably the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Norway and Greece.

"Prices depend on requirements, materials, length, thickness and so on. Our products are unique. We don't advertise widely for fear our products will be copied," Yau says.

Established in 1991, Lick Kan operates an 11,000-square-metre factory employing 100 workers in Dongguan.


Contact Details

Gomfil Far East Ltd
Rm 2606, Modern Warehouse
6 Shing Yip St, Kwun Tong
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2790-4666
Fax: 852-2790-3939
E-mail : gomfil@gomfilfareast.com

Kengo Development Ltd
Rm 1202, Kwong Sang Hong Centre
151-153 Hoi Bun Rd, Kwun Tong
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2790-6003
Fax: 852-2304-0101
E-mail: kengo@netvigator.com

Lick Kan Electrical Co
5/F, Flat 13
Goldfield Industrial Centre
1 Sui Wo Rd, Fo Tan
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2697-9836
Fax: 852-2692-7145
E-mail: lickkan@hkenterprise.com

Tai Yip Electrical Co Ltd
8/F, Unit G, Blk 2
Leader Industrial Centre
188-202 Texaco Rd, Tsuen Wan
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2407-3668
Fax: 852-2407-6369
E-mail: ty@taiyip.com

Taylor Tech Union Ltd
3/F, Blk B
Ocean Industrial Bldg
29 Tai Yip St, Kwun Tong
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2148-6426
Fax: 852-2148-6841
E-mail: tayloy@ywc.com.hk

Walex Electronic Ltd
5/F, Unit F
On Hang Industrial Centre
18 Yip Cheong St, Fanling
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2669-7238
Fax: 852-2669-1309
E-mail: walexhk@walex.com.hk

Avoiding Shocks & Shedding Light

Fuses & Bulbs

WHILE designs remain unchanged in the fuse market, Hong Kong manufacturers are increasing production outputs and striving for full quality approvals to attract buyers. Meanwhile, light-bulb makers aim to expand their markets to persevere in competition with LED producers.

Close cooperation with a Swiss-based head office led to success for Hong Kong's Chi Lick Schurter Ltd, says sales manager Audrulee Leung. Founded in 1933, the Schurter group has 12 subsidiaries and 100 distributors.

"We have an engineering team in Switzerland, and we call them daily. Twenty years ago, two of our staff members studied fuse design in Switzerland, and they still pass on knowledge to our younger staff,"Leung says.

Among the company's featured products is model FPG6, a front-panel mounting fuseholder FOB Hong Kong priced at US$2.99. The latest fuses include MGA, a super-quick-acting sub-miniature fuse priced at US$1.54, and SPT, a 5x20mm miniature, ceramic, time-lag T HB fuse link priced at US$0.84.

Quality standards are a strong selling point. Chi Lick Schurter has a 50,000-square-foot factory employing 200 workers in Dongguan on the Chinese mainland. The standards met include UL, CSA, VDE, SEMKO, SEV, MITI, CB, BSI, FIMKO, CS, GAMTI, NNO and BEAB.

The 36-year-old Hong Kong subsidiary's output also encompasses power-entry modules, circuit breakers and input systems. Delivery time to global markets is 45-60 days, and there is no minimum order.

Fuses, fuse clips, fuse holders, fuse blocks and thermostats are on offer from 25-year-old Hollyland Co Ltd. Among the company's glass, ceramic and micro fuses, the latest models are 20N and 50T. The 20N is a 2.4x6.8mm fast-blow micro fuse with UL, CSA and T-Mark approvals and FOB Hong Kong priced at US$0.08-0.10. On the other hand, 50T is a 5.2x20mm time-lag glass fuse with lead wire, meeting CCEE, SEMKO, IMQ, VDE, B, BSI, UR and CSA approvals. The FOB Hong Kong price is US$0.04-0.08. While 20N is designed for computer monitors, 50T goes into most electronic products.

Knowing which materials should be of high quality is essential, says Hollyland director Sharon Wong. Most of the company's materials come from Taiwan, but for element wire, Wong turns to Germany. "It is more expensive, but the quality is reliable,"she says.

Each month Hollyland produces 15 million fuses and strives for more, as demonstrated by a recent decision to rent a 1,800-square-metre site, in addition to the company's existing 1,700-square-metre factory in Xiamen on the Chinese mainland. Hollyland employs 450 workers, serves global markets and applies a 10,000-piece minimum order, with delivery times of 21-42 days.

Sun Electric Co is also increasing production, says assistant general manager Alex Yuen. This 10-year-old company makes 7.5 million micro and miniature fuses per month, while striving toward full capacity of 10 million.

"We recently added more workers and equipment,"says Yuen. Sun Electric's 35,000-square-foot factory in Dongguan employs 180 workers.

The company's quick-acting glass and ceramic fuses come in sizes of 5x20mm, 3x7mm and 6x32mm. Its latest models are 3QP and 3FP, FOB Hong Kong priced at US$65 and US$80 per 1,000 pieces respectively. Both are micro fuses, meeting UL and CSA approvals, for use in small electronic equipment.

Quality service is a major selling point. "We often give technical advice to customers, advising them which types of fuses to use,"says Yuen.

Sun Electric's main markets are the US, Mexico, Taiwan and the Chinese mainland. Minimum order depends on delivery destination and shipment method. Usual delivery time is 14-21 days.

Turning to bulbs, Sunshine Bulbs Mfy has a range for flashlights, indicators, bicycles, cycles and toys. Bayonet-style and screw-in flashlight bulbs, the main category, can be vacuum type or filled with krypton, xenon or argon gases. Oval, round and additional bulbs containing shoulder glass and tungsten wire are available with standard lifetimes of 15 or more hours. The FOB Hong Kong price for vacuum-type bulbs is US$283 per 10,000 pieces. Minimum order is 10,000-50,000 pieces, depending on bulb type.

Sunshine's main markets are in Europe, the US, Argentina and India, with delivery time of 21-28 days.

"We plan to add Eastern Europe and more of South America to our network,"says Sunshine director Addie Lee. This strategy is to fend off an onslaught of LED products on the market.

Overseas business accounts for 40% of Sunshine's total sales. The remaining 60% goes to Hong Kong torch manufacturers.

Careful quality control is a major selling point. "The lifetime and light output of bulbs are important areas so these are where we are most careful,"says Lee.


Contact Details

Chi Lick Schurter Ltd
7/F, Unit 4
Wang Lung Industrial Bldg
11 Lung Tak St, Tsuen Wan
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2408-7798
Fax: 852-2408-7001
E-mail: fuse@chilickschurter.com

Das & Sons Int'l Ltd
9/F, Blk A2, Po Yip Bldg
62-70 Texaco Rd, Tsuen Wan
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2416-1361
Fax: 852-2413-6062
E-mail: dasons@pacific.net.hk

Hollyland Co Ltd
12/F, Flat A
Gee Lok Industrial Bldg
34 Hung To Rd, Kwun Tong
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2797-9138
Fax: 852-2341-4199
E-mail: holly@hollylandgroup.com

Philips Electronics HK Ltd
1/F, General Garment Bldg
100-111 Kwai Cheong Rd
Kwai Chung
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2494-4193
Fax: 852-2494-4190
E-mail: daniel.tm.wong@philip.com

Sun Electric Co
5/F, Flat B, Ka Ming Court
688-690 Castle Peak Rd
Cheung Sha Wan
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2743-4998
Fax: 852-2487-6599
E-mail: ymyuen@sunelec.com.hk

Sunshine Bulbs Mfy
10/F, Blk B, Chiu Tat Fty Bldg
710 Prince Edward Rd, San Po Kong
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2321-2404
Fax: 852-2352-1562
E-mail: achief@hknet.com