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Wires & Cables(HKTDC Electronic Components & Parts, Vol 01,2006)

Well Connected



Sun Fai Industrial Co produces power cords and power sets for various uses for markets in Australia, Japan, Taiwan and Europe

While wireless connection is truly in vogue, wires and cables have managed to remain indispensable to the efficient functioning of many electronic products - connecting them to a power source, a network or other devices. Furthermore, constant demand has drawn many of Hong Kong's live-wire manufacturers into the wires and cables segment.

Among them is Taylor Tech Union Ltd, which supplies a range of UL-approved wires and cables, wire harnesses, and cable assemblies. These include cables for use in LVDS and LCD panels.

Set up in 1997, the firm enjoys a monthly turnover of more than HK$3m. "Our major markets are the US, Europe and Asia, in about equal proportions," says sales manager Mark Wong.

"Our connectors are priced from HK$6-100 each FOB Hong Kong depending on the requirements," continues Wong, "and we also make USB cables for connecting many different devices, such as computers, cameras and telephones."

The USB line sells for HK$2-6 each per unit, while DVI cables carry unit price tags of HK$20-100 and network cables sell for HK$3-10 each.

In addition, Taylor Tech offers an extensive array of wire harnesses. "These are for use in different applications, such as soft-drink vending machines and electronic games," says Wong of a product category with wide-ranging unit prices from HK$0.30-300.

Products are made from copper and plastic imported from the US, Japan, Germany, Taiwan and the Chinese mainland, while the firm also employs HIROSE, JAE, AMP, JST and JAWS connectors.

Normal lead time is about 2-5 weeks after order confirmation for minimum orders of 100 units. Production takes place at two mainland factories in Dongguan: one ISO 9001-certified, occupying a 3,800-square-metre site and employing 200 workers; another sitting on a 2,000-square-metre site and employing 100.

Another high profile player is Rainbow Product Development Co, which manufactures cables in Dongguan at an ISO 9002-certified factory spanning 120,000 square feet and employing 400 workers. They generate an annual output worth about US$1m, and products include SATA and ATA cables for hard disks.

"We are offering a new range of L-type SATA cables, which are more stable in performance and capable of high-speed transmissions," says sales manager Chris Lee. "A 500mm length, for example, sells for about HK$3.20 FOB Hong Kong."

Established in 2003, Rainbow also makes USB cables with plugs, South African-standard power cords with plugs, SCART cables and LAN cables.

For cable production, the firm uses wires, metals and plastic from the mainland and Taiwan, and delivers 2-3 weeks after order confirmation.

"Our biggest market is the US, which accounts for about 50% of turnover. Then comes Europe, contributing about 30%. Other markets include Japan and Southeast Asia," says Lee. "We're also exploring new markets, such as India and Korea. We have already done some deals in Korea, and we receive many inquiries from India, too."

In contrast to Rainbow's focus on cables, C.S. Electronics (HK) Ltd specialises in the production of wire harnesses with connectors. "These are for use in many appliances, such as TVs, DVDs, computers, batteries and transformers," says general manager Tommy Ng.

Launched in 2002, the firm manufactures about three million units of wire harnesses a month using PVC and copper from the US, Japan, Korea and the mainland. C.S. Electronics runs an ISO 9001-certified plant covering 4,000 square metres and employing 200 workers.

A minimum order is 5,000 units, and delivery time is about 10 days from order confirmation. "We export mainly to the US, Europe and Canada," says Ng. "We feel the US market offers good prospects, and we will strengthen our US marketing effort when we have the necessary resources."

The wire harness is also a main product category at Linpo Industrial Ltd, whose other specialty is moulding cables. "These are usually made to customers' specifications," says director Gary Ying. "Every month, we make about one million moulding cables and three million harnesses, and all our products are CSA- and UL-approved."

Linpo's wire harnesses include sensor control cables, computer power supply cables, LVDS cables and spinning machine cables. Among the moulding cables are USB and sensor versions. All come with connectors, wires and cables imported from Japan, Taiwan, the US and the mainland.

Founded in 1987, the company sells mainly to Australia, Canada, Korea and Japan. Other markets include the UK, Germany, Switzerland and the mainland.

Certified ISO 9001 and ISO 14000, Linpo's factory in Dongguan has a floor area of 40,000 square feet and employs 350 workers. Delivery depends on the availability of materials and the production time, the latter being about 2-3 weeks.

With universally recognised capability and expertise, Hong Kong suppliers of wires and cables are able to satisfy the highest requirements in the global market.


Contact details:

C.S. Electronics (HK) Ltd
5/F, Tower 2, Tern Centre
251 Queen's Rd Central, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2123-0219
Fax: 852-2121-1095
Web: www.cs8888.net

Linpo Industrial Ltd
Rm 607, Blk 2, Nan Fung Ind City
18 Tin Hau Rd, Tuen Mun
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2455-0448
Fax: 852-2456-4323
Web: www.linpo.com.hk

Polex Technology Co
Unit 2006, Treasure Centre
42 Hung To Rd, Kwun Tong
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2408-1578
Fax: 852-2408-1608
Web: www.polex.com

Rainbow Product Development Co
Flat L, 15/F, Wing Hong Ind Bldg
18 Kwai Fung St, Kwai Chung
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2429-9901
Fax: 852-2429-9971
Web: www.rainbowproduct.com.hk

Sun Fai Industrial Co
Flat G, 2/F, Wah Hing Ind Mansions
36 Tai Yau St, San Po Kong
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2328-4219
Fax: 852-2322-7770
Web: www.powercord.com.hk

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