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Product Features(HKTDC Electronic Components & Parts, Vol 01,2002)

Hong Kong Electronic Components & Parts

Vol 1, 2002

Product Features

Product Drivers
Motors

Good Reception
Antennas

Starts & Stops
Switches


 

Product Drivers

Motors

Fan motors from ISO 9002-certified IMS Int'l Ltd sell mainly to buyers in the Philippines, the UK, Chile, Mexico, Italy, Africa and the Middle East.

QUALITY is high, lead times are short and prices very competitive as suppliers from Hong Kong provide a wide range of AC and DC motors suitable for numerous products.

Established in 1995, Standard Motor Co Ltd operates a modern, air-conditioned factory on the southern Chinese mainland. Each month some 2,500 engineers and skilled workers there design, create and assemble 15-20 million DC-powered electric motors.

"Demand is strong from various sectors like toys, healthcare products and the automotive industry. Our major markets include the US, Europe and Japan," says managing director Peter Yim.

Albeit seasonal, the toy industry generates the highest demand. "Typical sales include motors for radio-controlled toys, electric toothbrushes, battery-powered shavers and rear-view mirrors," Yim says.

The usual operating range is 1.2-12V. Sizes vary from tiny 25x9.5x15mm square motors to more substantial 45mm round models.

"Clients usually have a specific design in mind, and we produce to their specifications. Sometimes the original is modified from one in our own range, but usually a completely new design is required for each order," Yim says.

Fully 90% of the raw materials, parts and components are imported from Japan. All pressing, stamping, winding and assembly operations are at the semi-automated factory.

"We are completing the required processes for ISO 9001 certification. In addition, we have fully comprehensive QC procedures ranging from assembly-line checks to random sampling after packing. For this, we employ the MIL-STD 105D standard," Yim says.

Established in 1983, Sun Motor Technology Group invests heavily in cutting-edge machinery and production techniques from Japan, Germany and the US.

"The machinery and factory provide a foundation for good products. Then we use a skilled workforce to combine materials and parts while strengthening the entire process through rigorous quality-control techniques," says chairman Simon Shi.

Manufacturing and assembly occur at six factories totalling 4,000 workers and more than 80,000 square metres of production space. "We are ISO 9002-certified and have applied for QS 9000," says Shi.

The result is an impressive daily output of 800,000 AC and DC micro-motors. "Toys create the most demand, but we are aggressively increasing our business in the automotive, power-tools and household-appliance industries," Shi says.

He believes the Chinese mainland's accession to the World Trade Organization creates challenges and rewards for Hong Kong-based motor-makers.

"Although Hong Kong may lose its exclusive gateway-to-the-mainland status, the market size will increase dramatically. It is up to us to demonstrate we can deliver quality motors at competitive prices within shorter times," says Shi.

He adds: "There are so many variables that prices must be quoted against specific enquiries." Minimum order is usually for 10,000 motors per type for shipment after 6-8 weeks.

Hoi Po Motor Fty Ltd nurtures a reputation for supplying quality DC motors at competitive prices. "Reliability is everything. We have invested heavily in AQL procedures and obtaining ISO 9001 (version 2000) status," says marketing manager Joanna Chan.

Demand for improved-performance motors increases all the time. "Motors used in robotics and remote-control toys demand higher efficiencies and torques and must be at the leading edge. We employ the latest technology and materials to produce the high standards required," Chan says.

Orders come from original equipment manufacturers, such as leading toy makers or their sub-contractors. Taiwan, the US, and Japan are important markets, although the company also pursues opportunities in Europe.

A catalogue indicates shapes, sizes and housings, but Hoi Po usually produces to clients' requirements. Basic prices are US$0.23-0.57 per motor FOB Hong Kong based on orders for 10,000. Shipment is three weeks after order receipt.

San Yau Electric Industrial Ltd's electric motors are sought in the automotive, health and grooming, household, office automation and power-tools industries.

"We provide precision wound stepping motors, gear motors, AC universal motors and DC micro-motors, while also advancing with a new coreless-motor design," says executive director Diana Yau.

Typically, San Yau motors drive fax machines, video players, hair dryers, automatic toasters or air-conditioner vent ducts. "Our range of high voltage DC motors also sells well. These high-speed, high-torque motors go into battery-operated power tools like electric screwdrivers."

Hong Kong motor suppliers can increase their market share. Yau says: "We demonstrate ability to provide consistently high quality at competitive prices and with shorter lead times. The business is highly competitive, but growth opportunities exist."

San Yau produces about 750,000 motors monthly in its ISO 9002-certified factory. "We train and employ 350 skilled workers," Yau says. Major markets are the US, Taiwan and Japan.

"There are no approximate prices in this industry because each buyer has his own requirements," Yau says. Minimum order is usually for 5,000 motors with shipment after 30 days.

WRITTEN BY ANTHONY MOORE

Contact Details

Hing Lung Motor Mfy
23/F, Flat 1, Front Blk
Wah Fat Ind Bldg
10-14 Kung Yip St, Kwai Chung
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2421-8309
Fax: 852-2481-7148
E-mail: hlmotor@hkstar.com

Hoi Po Motor Fty Ltd
8/F, Unit A8, Blk A
16-18 Hing Yip St, Kwun Tong
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2389-8442
Fax: 852-2343-8508
E-mail: joanna@hoipo.com

IMS Int'l Ltd
Unit 2804 A
Cable TV Tower
9 Hoi Shing Rd, Tsuen Wan
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2881-8011
Fax: 852-2894-8682
E-mail: sales@imasu.com

San Yau Electric Industrial Ltd
11/F, Rm 6, Blk A
Tak Lee Ind Bldg
8 Tsing Yeung St, Tuen Mun
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2455-1213
Fax: 852-2469-3826
E-mail: sanyau@netvigator.com

Standard Motor Co Ltd
10/F, Blk A
Galaxy Fty Bldg
25-27 Luk Hop St, San Po Kong
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2326-7670
Fax: 852-2352-6861
E-mail: nyim@standardmotor.net

Sun Motor Technology Group
Unit 805, West Wing
Tsim Sha Tsui Centre
66 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2321-6108
Fax: 852-2351-4668
E-mail: info@sunmotor.com.hk

Suntech Development Co Ltd
15/F, Unit M, Wah Lik Ind Centre
459-469 Castle Peak Rd, Tsuen Wan
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2490-0068
Fax: 852-2411-0865
E-mail: stdevltd@asiansources.com


Good Reception

Antennas

This antenna set for a television is among the highlights in a line of TV accessories and cable items from Hop Hing Wire Mfg Co Ltd.

WHEN it comes to antennas, function is paramount. High-quality signal reception is a crucial component of many electronic and telecoms products. Knowing this, many buyers choose Hong Kong antenna manufacturers based upon their experience and expertise.

After more than 12 years in business, Chun Kit Industrial Co makes 500,000 antennas per month, mostly for toys and walkie-talkies.

Manager Lam Chun-kit says quality control is essential. "We monitor materials, production and design using a very strict quality system," he says.

The company offers two models of row antennas: model 86A-6WS at HK$0.95 (US$0.12) and model 86A at HK$0.80 (US$0.10). Spring antenna model 7B/Y, 7mm in diameter and 213mm long, costs HK$0.75 (US$0.10). Model 5Y/R is 5mm in diameter, 213mm long and costs about HK$0.60 (US$0.08). All prices are FOB Hong Kong for standard models.

Chun Kit antennas are made from springs, PVC tubes and ABS at a 200-worker-strong factory in Dongguan on the Chinese mainland. There is no minimum order and shipments depart within 21 days.

Having secured long-term customers in Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Japan, Chun Kit now targets new markets in Europe.

Hong Da Industrial Co has made antennas for more than eight years. Six hundred workers at its ISO 9002-certified factory in Zhejiang Province on the Chinese mainland produce 1.5 million units per month. These are mainly for radios and televisions, although some appear on telecoms devices.

"Prices depend on the quantities and types ordered. We have standard models but may need to make new moulding," says marketing executive Gary Tung.

Among the raw materials are chrome-plated brass and plastic from Taiwan and the Chinese mainland. Minimum order is 1,000 pieces per model for shipment after 12-24 days.

Hong Da sells mainly into the US, Europe and Southeast Asia, but uses trade fairs to expand its reach. "We recently met new clients from South Africa, so we look forward to expanding our market share there," Tung says.

Extensive experience is one factor prompting repeat customers. "They are impressed by the quality of our antennas and know our company is reliable," Tung says.

Liberal Industrial Ltd makes rubber and telescopic antennas for walkie-talkies, toys, and cordless or mobile phones. The company has operated since 1997.

Its range includes: a 900-MHz PU-covered whip antenna for a base set (model ST-BL900-2); a 46/49-MHz PU handset-application whip antenna (ST-H46-3); a 600/800-MHz SMA antenna (ST-H700-1); a 400/500-MHz walkie-talkie antenna (ST-H460-2); and an 180/220-MHz baby-monitor antenna (ST-H195-2).

Although prices vary, marketing manager Beatrice Liu says the average unit cost is US$0.25-0.50 FOB Hong Kong.

Most Liberal Industrial antennas are made under OEM contracts. Sixty-five workers produce about 600,000 antennas monthly at the company's factory in Guangdong Province on the Chinese mainland. Raw materials include PU, PVC and ABS sourced from Japan and Taiwan.

"We are in the process of applying for ISO 9002 certification for our antenna factory," Liu says.

Minimum order is 1,000 pieces per model for shipment after 14-21 days. Although the company markets worldwide, its main customers are in the US, Singapore, South Korea and Hong Kong.

Liberal Industrial strives to blend excellent quality with competitive prices. "Many well-known companies use us and are very satisfied," she says.

Nine-year-old Hwasin Communication Enterprise (HK) Ltd makes antennas for telecoms items, usually under OEM terms. Its major markets are Europe, South America and the US.

Hwasin offers models for walkie-talkies. Model HX88J costs US$4, model HX802J is US$4.50 and model HX15J is US$4.50. All these are FOB Hong Kong prices.

Minimum order is usually 100 pieces. Shipments are made within 2-3 weeks, although initial orders for new models can take up to four weeks.

Manager Goven Shek is proud of selling to big-name customers. "We combine high quality with good service and competitive prices," she says.

Hwasin's ISO 9002-certified factory employs 400 workers in Huizhou City on the Chinese mainland.

WRITTEN BY CAROLINE BIEBUYCK

Contact Details

Chun Kit Industrial Co
1/F, 77 South Wall Rd
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2383-5303
Fax: 852-2718-4273
E-mail: ckico@hotmail.com

Hong Da Industrial Co
8/F, Flat A
Kiu Fu Commercial Bldg
300-306 Lockhart Rd
Wanchai, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2343-9888
Fax: 852-2536-9815
E-mail: hd@hdic.com.hk

Hop Hing Wire Mfg Co Ltd
4/F, Rm 46, Blk F
Wah Lok Ind Centre
31-35 Shan Mei St, Fo Tan
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2145-4180
Fax: 852-2145-4653
E-mail: garyhop@netvigator.com

Hwasin Communication Enterprise (HK) Ltd
Rms 612 C-D,
Witty Commercial Bldg
1A Tung Choi St
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2334-9325
Fax: 852-2332-8492
E-mail: hwasin@asiansources.com

Liberal Industrial Ltd
7/F, Blk C1A, Hoi Bun Ind Bldg
6 Wing Yip St, Kwun Tong
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2793-0119
Fax: 852-2344-2138
E-mail: liberal@asiansources.com

Union Team Ltd
22/F, Rm 7, Fook Yip Bldg
53-57 Kwai Fung Crescent
Kwai Chung
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2427-1210
Fax: 852-2480-0406
E-mail: sales@unionteamltd.com.hk


Starts & Stops

Switches

Switches, like these push models, are a major line from Chi Lick Schurter Ltd, which also offers power entry modules, fuses and fuseholders.

ALTHOUGH often overlooked except when not working, switches are a vital component in any piece of electrical equipment. Therefore, manufacturers use carefully formulated criteria in selecting appropriate suppliers. Proven expertise, high quality, firm reliability, strong development capabilities and competitive prices are all top priorities.

Hong Kong-based manufacturers like Dicgu (HK) Electronics Co Ltd implement a quality-first philosophy. Since debuting in 1986, Dicgu has developed an array of DICGU-brand switches sold in such major markets as the Chinese mainland and the US.

The company's micro, push, tact, leaf, slide and power switches emerge from a 13,200-square-metre factory in Boluo Shek Wan in Guangdong Province on the Chinese mainland.

Intended for such high-end electronic items as telephones, televisions, video recorders, computers, fax machines and copiers, these switches are produced to the highest UL, CSA and VDE quality standards.

"Our factory uses PBT, POM, brass and gold to produce 2 million switches per month," says general supervisor Bonnie Chan.

"We emphasize quality and reliability. Our products must operate without problems in test applications that require consistent performance.

"We can usually deliver orders for up to 100,000 units within two weeks," she adds.

"Most of our products go to OEM manufacturers on the Chinese mainland, but we also supply major brand names overseas."

KTE Electrical Mfg Ltd views the future optimistically, having weathered several economic storms since starting to manufacture switches for ceiling fans and lighting fixtures more than 30 years ago. Its comprehensive product range includes pull-chain switches, slide switches, rotary switches, wire connectors and lamp holders.

"As one of the few makers of fan switches, we supply more than 140 customers, mostly ceiling- and desk-fan manufacturers for major US retail outlets," says sales and marketing manager Memie Wong.

Manufacturers snap up about 3 million KTE-brand switches per month in sizes of 3.6x17x6mm to 25x25mm. KTE produces at a 3,000-square-metre factory established in 1986 and now employing more than 300 workers. Daily output is 120,000 pieces.

All KTE switches use PC, PET, PA and copper strip. These raw materials come from Japan, Belgium, Germany and Taiwan.

The switches are tested at a UL-approved laboratory in Hong Kong to ensure they meet all international safety standards. Leading markets include the US, Canada, Europe, the Chinese mainland and Mexico.

Unit prices range from HK$0.60-3.20 (US$0.008-0.41) FOB Hong Kong, including for a mini slide switch (model 1009) or an unusual double-pole speed-control pull-chain switch (3099TR) for the fan market.

Prices are based on 20,000-piece minimum orders for shipment within 10-14 days. "We keep adequate stocks to shorten the delivery time," Wong says.

"We constantly search for new sales outlets while investing in research so as to keep growing by offering our customers specialized products, like wall switches or other non-fan items," Wong adds.

Nine New Electronics Co has made switches for various applications since 1986. "Our micro and power switches go into numerous products, like televisions, VCD and DVD players, microwave ovens and rice cookers," says sales manager Roy Cheng.

The company's switches vary from 3x6mm for a tact switch to 50x20mm for a power model. They come from a 10,000-square-metre factory with 500 workers in Shenzhen on the Chinese mainland.

Made of durable PBT, ABS, PA66 and brass strip from the US, Taiwan and the Chinese mainland, the products meet all major quality standards. Leading markets include the US, Malaysia, South Korea, India and Germany. Minimum order value is US$2,500.

"We concentrate on providing quality at reasonable prices in order to maintain our existing markets and move into new ones," Cheng says.

Also stressing research, Merchant Corp Ltd employs some 40 engineers among more than 200 workers at a 9,000-square-metre factory in Dongguan on the Chinese mainland.

The 11-year-old factory makes about 3 million switches monthly for household electrical appliances like coffee-makers, juicers and blenders or for small tools like electric drills.

"We focus on quality, having obtained ISO 9002 certification and other safety approvals," says marketing director Kenneth Tse.

Merchant switches range from 9.6x21mm to 35x51mm. They contain PA and PC sourced from Germany, the US and Japan. The customers are OEM enterprises and "high-end" producers worldwide.

Merchant aims to meet customer requirements whenever possible. There are no minimum-order requirements, and shipment is within 2-3 weeks.

"We want to provide top quality at reasonable prices so we follow market trends and work continuously on developing new products," Tse says.

WRITTEN BY GEOFF PICKEN

Contact Details

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

Dicgu (HK) Electronics Co Ltd
7/F, Unit 21, Int'l Plaza
20 Sheung Yuet Rd, Kowloon Bay
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2753-8839
Fax: 852-2753-7422
E-mail: dicguhkg@netvigator.com

KTE Electrical Mfg Ltd
7/F, Blk 2, Leader Ind Centre
188 Texaco Rd, Tsuen Wan
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2406-9464
Fax: 852-2407-1021
E-mail: memie@kte.com.hk

Merchant Corp Ltd
Unit 607
Fibres & Fabrics Ind Centre
7 Shing Yip St, Kwun Tong
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2757-3363
Fax: 852-2756-3728
E-mail: sales@merchant.com.hk

Nine New Electronics Co
10/F, Unit 11
Eastern Harbour Centre
28 Hoi Chak St, Quarry Bay
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2834-0209
Fax: 852-2880-9396
E-mail: ninenewe@netvigator.com

Roki Int'l Co Ltd
6/F, Unit 2, Blk B
Hoi Luen Ind Centre
55 Hoi Yuen Rd, Kwun Tong
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2750-9223
Fax: 852-2755-4335
E-mail: roki@netvigator.com