1 July 2002
Solid Sound Effects(HKTDC Electronic Components & Parts, Vol 03,2002)
Vol 3, 2002
Solid Sound Effects
Speakers & Microphones
|Yelitech Electronics Mfy Hong Kong Ltd frequently uses the Sonda brand for its car speakers, such as this three-way system in light blue.|
SUPPLIERS based in Hong Kong provide a wide spectrum of speakers and microphones that frequently prove indispensable in the production of many types of electronic consumer goods.
Yelitech Electronics Mfy Hong Kong Ltd makes speakers and boom boxes for use in automotive audio equipment. "We make about 200,000 pairs of car speakers and boom boxes each month," says director Kevin Liu.
Established in 1988, Yelitech also produces woofers for cars and household audio goods. "Most of the raw materials come from Taiwan," Liu adds.
Yelitech designs new models under the Sonda brand while also engaging in OEM work. A minimum order fills one TEU and is shipped 30-35 days after confirmation.
The ISO 9001-certified company sells internationally, with its main markets in Europe and the Americas. Its factory in Xinhui on the Chinese mainland employs about 500 workers.
"We focus on quality and customers alike," Liu stresses.
Kimpo Co Ltd supplies microphones of different sizes, sensitivities, resistances and voltages. "These are used for such end products as telephones and toys," says marketing co-ordinator Yan Wai Hung.
The microphones are made using printed circuit boards from the Chinese mainland and field effect transistors (FETs) from various sources, depending on requirements.
"We can supply 500,000 to 1 million microphones per month. Minimum order depends on the items," Yan says. The cost is about HK$0.80-1.00 (US$0.10-0.13) FOB Hong Kong. Normal lead time is four weeks.
"Although our main markets are Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland, we do want to enter overseas markets," Yan says.
Founded in 1986, the company subcontracts its production to a factory in Beijing, the Chinese mainland's capital city.
Woodtai Enterprises Ltd makes Mylar speakers of different impedances levels and specifications. "These go into such products as telephones, sound-emitting toys and walkie-talkies. They give good sound quality and are water-resistant," says marketing officer Jenny Lam.
As for raw materials, the Mylar is from Taiwan, wire cords and plastic from the UK and magnets from Japan. The speakers cost US$0.15-1.70 FOB Hong Kong.
The 21-year-old company makes other kinds of speakers too. In total, it produces some one million units per month. Minimum order is 1,000 units for shipment after 30 days.
"We offer existing models while also catering to customer specifications. For example, we can produce very small speakers - down to 15mm in diameter," Lam says.
The company exports under Beland and Woodtai brands mainly to Europe, including the UK, Italy, Switzerland and Denmark. It also serves the US, Thailand and the Chinese mainland.
Woodtai produces at 350-worker factories in Dongguan and Xiamen on the Chinese mainland.
AL Goodwell Industries Ltd makes loudspeakers for audio products, televisions, modems and notebook computers, as well as Mylar speakers for telecom, audio and toy items. Among its raw materials are voice coils from Japan and Taiwan.
Director Landy Lau says the company uses FETs from Japan to create condenser microphones for telecom goods. Additional raw materials come from the Chinese mainland.
Each month, the 11-year-old company makes about 10 million Mylar speakers, five million other speakers and seven million microphones.
Minimum order is 10,000 pieces for shipment within 15-30 days.
Under the AL brand, AL Goodwell Industries sells to Italy (its biggest market), Germany, Brazil, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, the US and elsewhere.
"We will look more to European markets," Lau says.
The company uses two ISO 9000-accredited factories employing 8,000 workers in the Chinese mainland's Guangdong and Zhejiang provinces.
IEA Electro-Acoustic Co Ltd offers electret condenser microphones, including omni-directional, uni-directional and noise-cancelling varieties.
"These are for intercom phones, cordless phones, mobile phones and hand-free earphones for mobile phones," says senior marketing manager Clarence Wong.
Typically, the company makes eight million electret condenser microphones per month unit priced at US$0.30-0.60 FOB Hong Kong. In addition, it produces three million speakers at US$0.30-0.80 each. The raw materials are mainly from the US and Japan. Minimum order is 1,000 units for shipment after four weeks.
"We are a leading acoustic company using quality advanced technologies. In addition, we are among the first manufacturers on the Chinese mainland offering high-level microphones for mobile phones," Wong says.
Along with its own IEA brand, the company offers OEM production. Major markets are the US, Japan and the Chinese mainland.
The 16-year-old company has a 600-worker, ISO 9001-certified factory in the Chinese mainland's Shandong province. Another factory in Shenzhen employs 160 workers.
"To satisfy market needs, we constantly improve our production technologies to outpace worldwide competition. We have first-rate facilities, fully automatic testers and innovative, precise instruments and equipment," Wong says.
WRITTEN BY LIZA LEE
AL Goodwell Industries Ltd
Rm 805, Eastern Harbour Centre
28 Hoi Chak St, Quarry Bay
IEA Electro-Acoustic Co Ltd
11/F, Units C-D, Blk 1
62 Hoi Yuen Rd, Kwun Tong
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Kimpo Co Ltd
4/F, Unit O, Phase 3
9-11A Hok Yuen St, Hung Hom
Kowloon, Hong Kong
United China Electronics (HK) Co Ltd
3/F, Sha Tin Ind Bldg
22-28 Wo Shui St, Fo Tan
New Territories, Hong Kong
Woodtai Enterprises Ltd
G/F, Blk C, Ming Court
19-23 Ming Yuen Western St
North Point, Hong Kong
Yelitech Electronics Mfy HK Ltd
Hang Seng Tsim Sha Tsui Bldg
18 Carnarvon Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
Kowloon, Hong Kong