21 April 2004
Wires & Cables(HKTDC Electronic Components & Parts, Vol 02,2004)
Vol 2, 2004
Printed Circuit Boards
Wires & Cables
Keeping Everything Connected
ITEC-brand video cables and SCART plugs manufactured by Trisat Industrial Co Ltd are used in home entertainment systems
Hi-tech is the phrase on everyone's lips, including Hong Kong wire and cable manufacturers keen to take maximum advantage of today's flourishing, state-of-the-art electronics industries.
Firms such as 13-year-old Lick Kan Electrical Co are making the most of the limitless opportunities inherent in new technologies. "We must keep looking ahead to compete in the marketplace if we are to survive," manager Yau Kwong Yiu believes, "which means we have to use high technology to develop new products with unprecedented stability and reliable quality."
Lick Kan's five major product ranges - comprising antenna, audio, multimedia, monitor/LCD and DVI to VGA cables - are manufactured at a 5,600-square-foot plant in Dongguan on the Chinese mainland.
Its 93 workers use plastic and copper imported from the mainland and Taiwan to produce its cables, which are mainly sold in Europe. "We use PP or PVC depending on customer requirements," adds Yau. "Minimum order size depends on quantity with delivery three weeks after order confirmation."
A similar focus on Europe, mainly France and the UK, pays dividends for Trisat Industrial Co Ltd and enables the firm to maintain steady growth.
The eight-year-old, ISO 9001-certified company manufactures wires and cables for various applications including home cinemas, according to manager Eric Yeung. "About 30% of Trisat's products carry our ITEC brand, while the remainder is OEM-based," he explains.
Trisat benefits from a 10-strong R&D team based in Hong Kong and a 600-worker plant in Zhongshan on the mainland that covers some 120,000 square feet.
Together they produce such products as the component video cable (HC563010), which was developed and launched at the end of 2003 to capitalise on the growing worldwide popularity of DVD players. The 75-ohm cable features a 24K gold-plated metal plug for high quality connection.
Trisat requires a minimum order value of US$10,000, which can be made up of assorted items and is usually delivered 45 days after order confirmation.
Taylor Tech Union Ltd, meanwhile, specialises in cable and wire assembly, wiring harnesses and connectors on both an OEM basis and under its Hip Tai or Taylor brands.
Sales manager Mark Wong stresses the importance of using advanced technologies in making new generation power cords and wires, and notes that some local wire and cord manufacturers have been developing innovative 5G communication products. "We will deploy the latest technologies in our upcoming products when market demand escalates," Wong maintains.
Two popular items offered by Taylor are USB AM-BM-1.8M, which provides high-speed data transfer between personal computers and electronic devices such as digital cameras, scanners, mouses, keyboards and MP3s, and digital video interface (DVI) cables for use with digital and multimedia products with DVI input/output.
Standard low-end products such as flat cable assembly and ordinary telephone cords are also available at competitive prices. The USB connector (USB 1.0 or 2.0) and the DVI cable come with UL2725-standard electric wires, while the metal connection is gold-plated to ensure high quality connectivity and data transfer.
The ISO 9001-certified company requires a minimum value of US$10,000 per order and 1,000 pieces per item, delivered 2-4 weeks after order confirmation to local electronic, electrical component and appliance manufacturers as well as importers and end-users in Europe.
Equally popular worldwide are the plugs, modular PCBs and wiring jacks, telephone adaptors, LAN cables, telephone cords and networking accessories produced by Best Nice (Pacific) Ltd since its establishment in 1994.
The firm's 10,000-square-metre, 600-worker factory in Guangdong Province has its own engineering team and mould-making/sample-making room, explains marketing executive Cecilia Chow. "We welcome customer's specifications and designs," Chow adds.
Best Nice uses polycarbonate from Japan for plugs, PP and PVC for electrical wires and other materials such as ABS, PBT and LAN cables from Taiwan to manufacture its products. These include patch cords (UTP/STP), modem cables with or without filters, flat cables for telephones, coil cords for telephone handsets and ordinary line cords.
OEM orders account for approximately 20-30% of business, with ODM and in-house standard items making up the remainder. Best Nice can deliver 7-10 days after confirmation of minimum orders that vary depending on product and quantity.
"To ensure the highest performance, we use double-deck plugs in the production of our category 6 UTP patch cords to ensure the highest performance," Chow insists. "We believe that the category 6 unshielded patch cord will become more popular than the category 5e type with RJ45 plug because its average data transfer rate is 2.5 times faster."
International electronics manufacturers know that there is no-one faster at keeping abreast of industry requirements than Hong Kong's wire and cable manufacturers.
BY MARGARET CHAN