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Switched on(HKTDC Enterprise, Vol 02,2008)

Electrical & Electronic Appliances

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Brilliant Rich Electronics Ltd's futuristic-looking coolers include a football-shaped model with CD-radio that holds up to six cans of drink

Ingenious applications of advanced technologies yield sophisticated designs and functions for electrical and electronic appliances, taking lifestyle products to a new level

Living a healthier life with more creature comforts is a message that many Hong Kong companies are hearing - and a theme reflected in an array of new products aimed at enhancing the well-being of users.

Examples include the electronic weighing scales, healthcare items and medical devices made by Fook Tin Technologies Ltd, which prides itself on delivering full-service solutions from product design to delivery to customers in more than 80 countries.

With its new Electronic Medical Scale (FM-123SL), the company is capitalising on the increasing demand for precision weighing scales used in clinics or doctors' offices. "This is where we see our biggest growth area for weighing scales," says Managing Director John Chai.

"The FM-123SL features a large foot platform and a big LCD that indicates weight in pounds or kilos, with readings in graduations of 0.2 pounds or 100 grams," he notes.

Weighing 9.07kg and measuring 512x333x157mm, the unit has a low-battery indicator as well as tap-on and auto-off functions. The Class I medical device complies with the standards of Class III OIML and Class III non-automatic weighing instruments.

Growing interest in diet and food is behind Fook Tin's new Electronic Nutrition Control Scale (FS-147). "The high-precision instrument offers strain gauge technology for weight measurement and provides nutritional data on fat, cholesterol, protein, carbohydrates, calories or kilojoules, fibre, sugar and sodium for more than 500 food items," Mr Chai explains.

Such data is stored in a removable cartridge, which can be updated. The device contains a target monitoring system that allows users to preset a target level of intake for individual nutritional items. "When any dietary value - such as that for sugar or fat - reaches its pre-set target, an alarm sounds," Mr Chai adds.

Fook Tin plans to launch more professional healthcare scales this year, including a model indicating the subject's height and body mass index in addition to weight.

With a different focus is Sanwall Electric Products Co Ltd, which offers a diverse product range including power supplies, speaker stands and electrical appliances. "Our line of 10 battery chargers is our largest single-product category, and accounts for 40% of total sales," says Marketing Manager Viola Leung.

Two of its top models (HSC-102 and HSC-401) boast an easy-to-read LCD and LEDs indicating the battery-charging status.

The HSC-102, unit-priced at US$9.50 FOB Hong Kong, can charge AA and AAA batteries, while the more deluxe HSC-401 sells for US$13 and accepts AA, AAA, C, D and 9V batteries. "A charging cut-off prevents the batteries from being overcharged," Ms Leung adds.

Notching up 35% of Sanwall's sales is its series of towel warmers. Available in wall-mount, free-standing, swing and wall-mount/free-standing versions, the products sell for US$12-15 apiece. "Each model is designed for bath-sized towels and can hold 1-2 towels at a time. It takes only five minutes for the rack to heat up and about 15 minutes to warm the towel," Ms Leung explains.

Also turning up the heat in the market is catering equipment specialist Saro Worldwide (HK) Ltd's new pizza oven. "We decided to introduce our pizza oven because it is a new product with reliable quality. It's good for homes, fast food chains and small restaurants," says Administrative Assistant Yuki Yuen.

With a stainless steel front panel and door, a self-locking system and two shelves, the unit comes in two sizes - 480x430x360mm and 570x520x 360mm - in either red or silver.

Designed for both home and commercial use, the model is CE- and RoHS-compliant. With electrical power usage at 230V/1.8KW and featuring insulation fibre, the oven allows a maximum cooking temperature of 300℃. It also comes with a 30-minute timer and overload protection functions.

The company's major partner, Saro Gastro-Products GmbH of Germany, is one of the largest importers of catering equipment in Europe, claims Ms Yuen.

With about 90% of its merchandise designed for commercial use, the Hong Kong firm also produces a wide range of other products including professional refrigeration equipment, soup kettles, coffee makers, meat grinders and slicers.

As well as cooking, tidying up is an inevitable task in everyday life - which can fortunately become much easier with AK Industrial Co Ltd's rechargeable hand-held vacuum cleaners.

Model SY8808R for cars, for example, features a twin-motor cyclonic suction system, a see-through window that shows the amount of dust collected and a 3.6-metre cord that can be plugged into a car's cigarette lighter. "Cyclonic suction allows the dust to fill the entire dust chamber, not just accumulate around the filter," explains Vice-President Anderson Chan.

Accessories include a motorised brush that complements the vacuum cleaner's suction power, a crevice tool and a short brush for cleaning hard-to-reach places. Capable of running for 13 minutes before recharging, the item is unit-priced at US$10 FOB Yantian.

Clearly, Hong Kong manufacturers are fully switched on when it comes to electrical and electronic appliances.

TEXT BY DANA CLYDE

FAST FACTS

A K Industrial Co Ltd
Unit B, 7/F
Luk Hop Ind Bldg
8 Luk Hop St
San Po Kong, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2306-0638
Fax: 852-2352-3805
Email:
info@aki.hk
Web: www.aki.hk

Year Established: 1976
Major Product Categories: floor care, personal care, kitchen and other electrical home appliances
Brands & Certificates: ISO 9001
Minimum Order: 3,000 pieces
Monthly Production Capacity: 200,000-300,000 units
Delivery Time: 45-60 days
Factory Size & Location: 40,000 square feet; Dongguan
Workforce: 500-1,000

   

Brilliant Rich Electronics Ltd
Flat I, 2/F
Universal Ind Centre
19-21 Shan Mei St
Fo Tan, New Territories
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2694-1783
Fax: 852-2695-4626
Email:
bre19701@netvigator.com
Web: www.brilliantrich.com

Year Established: 1986
Major Product Categories: electronic products including CD radios, CD coolers, alarm clock radios, shower radios and OEM items
Brands & Certificates: -
Minimum Order: 1,000-3,000 pieces
Monthly Production Capacity: 50,000 pieces
Delivery Time: 45 days
Factory Size & Location: Dongguan
Workforce: 300

   

Chartrick Industries Ltd
Flat N, 3/F, Blk 3
Camelpaint Bldg
60 Hoi Yuen Rd
Kwun Tong, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2790-8249
Fax: 852-2341-3271
Email:
saleshk@chartrick.com
Web: www.chartrick.com

Year Established: 1991
Major Product Categories: body scales, kitchen scales, digital timers, pedometers
Brands & Certificates: TACmix; ISO 9001
Minimum Order: 3,000 pieces
Monthly Production Capacity: 300,000 pieces
Delivery Time: 40 days
Factory Size & Location: Shunde
Workforce: 350

   

Fook Tin Technologies Ltd
4/F
Eastern Centre
1065 King's Rd
Quarry Bay
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2960-7288
Fax: 852-2565-9672
Email:
export@fooktin.com.hk
Web: www.fooktin.com.hk

Year Established: 1963
Major Product Categories: body fat scales, electronic and mechanical bathroom/kitchen scales, electronic healthcare products, postal and utility scales, price computing scales, medical devices
Brands & Certificates: Scaleman, PTi; ISO 9001, ISO 13485, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, IECQQC080000 HSPM, HK Awards for Industry, HK ECO-Products Award, HK Smoke Free Workplace Leading Co
Minimum Order: -
Monthly Production Capacity: 600,000 pieces
Delivery Time: -
Factory Size & Location: 600,000 square feet; Shenzhen
Workforce: 2,800

   

Sanwall Electric Products Co Ltd
7/F, Blk A
On Fat Ind Bldg
12-18 Kwai Wing Rd
Kwai Chung, New Territories
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2796-7988
Fax: 852-2796-8225
Email:
sales@sanwall.com.hk
Web: www.sanwall.com.hk

Year Established: 1980
Major Product Categories: battery chargers, power supplies, towel warmers
Brands & Certificates: ISO 9001, GS, UL, CE
Minimum Order: -
Monthly Production Capacity: 60,000-80,000 pieces
Delivery Time: 30-60 days
Factory Size & Location: 400,000 square feet
Workforce: 800

   

Saro Worldwide (HK) Ltd
Rm 8A
Sing Tao News Corp Bldg
3 Tung Wong Rd
Shau Kei Wan
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2581-9258
Fax: 852-2581-3014
Email:
info@saro.com.hk
Web: www.saro.com.hk

Year Established: 2002
Major Product Categories: -
Brands & Certificates: Saro
Minimum Order: One TEU
Monthly Production Capacity: -
Delivery Time: 30-40 days
Factory Size & Location: Guangzhou
Workforce: -

   

Tron Global Co Ltd
Unit A(05), 9/F
Wan Fat Fty Bldg
20-22A Ng Fong St
San Po Kong, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-3426-3162
Fax: 852-3426-9206
Email:
sales@tron-global.com

Year Established: 1995
Major Product Categories: home appliances
Brands & Certificates: Salton
Minimum Order: One TEU
Monthly Production Capacity: -
Delivery Time: 45 days
Factory Size & Location: Shenzhen
Workforce: 900