14 Oct 2004
Switches(HKTDC Electronic Components & Parts, Vol 04,2004)
Vol 4, 2004
Membrane switches from Tatt Shing Metal Work Mfy are used in home appliances, medical equipment and computer peripherals
Switches are becoming more innovative with Hong Kong manufacturers moving to high-end R&D and testing to guarantee reliable and durable products at affordable prices.
Membrane switch maker Tatt Shing Metal Work Mfy, for instance, uses advanced production and testing equipment at its 18,000-square-metre production plant in Guangdong Province on the Chinese mainland.
According to sales manager Chris Wong, Tatt Shing produces membrane switches for home appliances, medical equipment, industry process controllers, computer peripherals and military applications.
"The product trend is going towards high-end materials and applications," Wong observes. "It involves the reliability of the materials employed and the construction of the membrane switch itself."
He says Tatt Shing uses PET and PVC from the US, Japan and the mainland to "guarantee high reliability, long life and easy installation" in the custom designed products it manufactures for customers in the US, the mainland and Europe.
"Tatt Shing switches are dust, water and rust proof," Wong claims. "We have the expertise and experience to recommend materials and construction techniques to meet our customers' function and price requirements."
Twenty-two-year old, ISO 9000-certified Tatt Shing produces more than 10 million units per month, which are available in minimum order quantities of 500 pieces delivered three weeks after order confirmation.
Equally concerned about quality and price is Dicgu (HK) Electronics Co Ltd, which, general supervisor Bonnie Chan claims, has a competitive edge with 10 years' experience in manufacturing electronic switches.
"We have invested heavily in R&D using high technology and building new facilities to ensure reliable quality at a reasonable price," Chan says.
ISO 9001-certified, Dicgu has a 6,000-square-metre factory in Guangdong Province that employs 1,500 workers and produces 25 million switches a month. "It has been our consistent policy to develop, design, model and manufacture our own low-cost, high-quality products," claims Chan.
Dicgu switches, which include push button, micro and tact models, use materials imported from Japan, Taiwan and the US and are exported to the US, Europe and Asia.
Minimum order size is 5,000-10,000 units, depending on the model, which can be delivered two weeks after order confirmation.
Wealth Metal Fty Ltd also has a large product offering, including tact, slide, push, micro, hook, leaf, toggle, rocker, audio and multifunction switches.
General manager Vincent Or claims that Wealth Metal currently supplies more than 2,000 different kinds of products to customers in various industries worldwide.
"We have our own mould-making capacity, plastic injection and metal press facilities and sophisticated electroplating technologies," Or explains. "This enables total control of the production process and guarantees the output quality, which is reflected in our relatively lower production cost and competitive pricing."
Wealth Metal's ISO 9001-certified mainland factory in Dongguan produces 119 million switches a month for sale in 1,000-piece minimum order quantities. These are sold globally, with particular emphasis on key markets such as the mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Singapore, Italy and the US.
"Our R&D department is constantly developing different kinds of switches and jacks to best suit our clients' changing needs," Or claims. "We have more than 30 experienced engineers designing new products and re-engineering existing products."
Wealth Metal also has its own testing department to ensure the mechanical and electrical performance of its products. "All parts are cleaned by ultrasonic machine before being assembling to guarantee the product quality and electrical performance," Or adds.
Nine New Electronic Co also has a global customer base with Hong Kong, the mainland, Korea, Malaysia, Germany, Italy, the US, Israel and Brazil major markets.
Manager, sales and marketing, Roy Cheng says Nine New Electronic manufactures a range of micro and power switches under the Nine New and Dong Nan brand names using high-quality ABS, PBT and brass from the mainland and Taiwan.
"With more than 15 years' experience in the manufacturing field, we have become the leading supplier on the mainland, supplying customers with high-quality products at competitive prices," Cheng claims.
Established in 1986, Nine New Electronic has a 10,000-square-metre factory in Shenzhen on the mainland, which is ISO 9001-certified and has met numerous international quality and safety standards including UL and CE.
The plant employs 1,000 workers, produces 10 million units a month and supplies US$2,500 minimum order values 2-3 weeks after order confirmation.
So when it comes time to switch on sales, buyers should look no further than Hong Kong for the widest range of high-quality, competitively priced customised switches.
Che Kee Metal & Plastic Mfy Ltd
Flat E, 12/F
Everest Ind Centre
396 Kwun Tong Rd
Kwun Tong, Kowloon
Dicgu (HK) Electronics Co Ltd
Chevalier Commercial Centre
8 Wang Hoi Rd
Kowloon Bay, Kowloon
Tatt Shing Metal Work Mfy
Unit 2507, Tower 2
223 Hing Fong Rd
Kwai Chung, New Territories
Wealth Metal Fty Ltd
Flat J, 4/F, Phase 4
Kwun Tong Ind Centre
436-446 Kwun Tong Rd
Kwun Tong, Kowloon