1 March 2001
HONG KONG FABRICS & ACCESSORIES 2001 Vol 1 - Product Features
Vol 2 2000
Finish With Flair
HONG Kong manufacturers produce a vast array of synthetic fabrics, in a comprehensive selection of colours and patterns. They are keeping up with the latest trends to ensure that the fabrics meet buyers' needs for fashion trends in 2001.
Established in 1981, Land's Co Ltd manufactures a large selection of printed fabrics. They are mostly cotton/rayon, linen/rayon or linen/cotton mixes with a small percentage of synthetic fibres, resulting in highly versatile products.
Forming part of the Land's range is a purple fabric with a floral print. This cotton stretch discharge-printed poplin has a width of 43/44 inches and is priced at US$2.03 per yard FOB Hong Kong. A blue fabric with a floral print is made of linen/rayon and is discharge-printed. Measuring 54/55 inches in width, this model sells for US$1.96 per yard. A cream fabric with flowers is a linen/rayon reactive-printed fabric in a 54/55-inch width, priced at US$2.09 per yard.
"The most popular design at the moment is flowers, both very large and small, in bright colours. They are very popular in Europe and the US and are for spring 2001," says manager Mimi Chan.
Land's exports mainly to Australia, New Zealand, the US and Europe and delivers 30-45 days after confirmation. Its monthly production is about 1.5 million yards. The minimum order is 2,000 yards per colour for dyed fabrics and 8,000 yards per pattern for printed versions.
A large variety of 100% nylon fabrics is available from Camwa Enterprises (Holdings) Ltd, whose fabrics are sold under the Jin Fan brand and used for garments, umbrellas, tents and bags. A 100% nylon printed satin fabric with a floral pattern (model N066) is PA-coated for waterproofing. It sells for US$1.25 per metre FOB Xinhui, for an order of 3,000m.
Established in 1988, Camwa has ISO 9002 certification and employs about 1,600 people at its factory in Xinhui City, Guangdong. It has a minimum order of 3,000m per colour/pattern and delivers 20 days after confirmation. Its main markets are Asia and South America.
Gordian Industries Ltd specializes in 100% polyester fabrics, including non-wovens used for padding and cleaning. Examples are a 100% polyester cleaning cloth in yellow and a 100% polyester Maliwatt-type stitchbonded fabric in white that can be used for a variety of purposes. The most popular fabrics at Gordian are Maliwatt stitchbonded, bonded padding and needle punch. Typical FOB Hong Kong prices range from HK$1.75 to HK$5.60 (US$0.22-0.72) per yard.
The company was established in 1992 and is certified to ISO 9002. It has a minimum order of 2,000 yards, for delivery in 3-5 days. The main export markets are mainland China, Europe and Australia.
Tongtex Ltd manufactures a selection of woven fabrics that are mostly nylon/cotton and polyester/cotton blends. They come in a variety of sizes and patterns, including plain, stripes, checks and floral. "The cotton/nylon blend is very popular as it has a good feel, and the addition of nylon means it is an easy-care fabric," says assistant merchandising manager Virginia Tam. A selection of fabrics ranges in width from 45 to 57/58 inches, and prices are available on application.
Established in 1987, the company has well-known clients such as Disney, Nautica, Target, Sears, K-Mart and Wal-Mart. It exports to the US, Europe, Philippines, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates and Indonesia.
"We are highly competitive in the nylon/cotton combo market, and our success is largely due to a combination of quality and price. Our customers are confident in our ability to meet their needs," says Tam.
The minimum order depends on a number of factors, but as an indication for yarn-dyed fabrics, it is 3,000 yards per combination. Printed fabrics have a minimum of 10,000 yards per pattern (up to three components per combination), while solid-dyed fabrics require 3,000 yards.
ISO 9001-certified Tongtex manufactures at a 1,500-worker factory in Jiangsu, mainland China. Its monthly production capacity is six million yards.
Delivery lead time after confirmation is generally 45 days for printed fabrics, 55-60 days for yarn-dyed fabrics and 35 days for solid-dyed fabrics, providing greige is available.
WRITTEN BY VICKI WILLIAMS
IN an industry where a customer pays a cut, make and trim (CMT) price for a complete garment, the trim part of the equation can present the most headaches. Hong Kong has a thriving trimmings sector that can help solve even the toughest sourcing challenges.
Heng Li String And Braid Ltd offers an extensive range of strings, laces, braids and cords in almost any fibre or yarn. The raw materials for any of the company's woven, twisted, spun, braided or knitted products can be almost anything, including rayon, cotton, elastic, metallic and nylon. Working within this complex market, managing director Cheung Yau-wai says: "Although we offer a substantial range, not everyone will find their specific requirements in even the biggest range. Therefore, clients' designs are cordially welcome. The goods will be supplied at a competitive price, and we can assure prompt delivery and high quality."
The company started trading in 1970 and supplies both Hong Kong and export markets. It has 200 workers in Shenzhen, mainland China. Cheung suggests that a minimum order of US$1,500 should ensure the best prices.
Lucky Weaving Lace Co Ltd, in business for more than 40 years, produces a wide range of ribbon and lace trim, as well as labels and threads and other accessories, such as zips, elastic and woven tapes, shoe material and chemical lace. "We're a supplier of trim to large-scale, middle-market manufacturers," says manager Gloria Cheung. "We produce ribbon trim in lace, elastic, with sequins or in woven, braided or twisted forms. We produce our own ranges but often the product originates from a customer's requirements."
Cheung says the company's customers make shoes, bags, dresses -- all kinds of things -- so it is hard to be specific about prices and conditions. "A minimum order can be negotiated according to the type of product; there's no fixed rule or price until we discuss it. Most deliveries take 2-3 weeks. We have 30 people in Hong Kong to look after the customers, and 300 in [mainland] China to look after the production."
Lucky Weaving sells to Hong Kong manufacturers, as well as to a vigorous pan-Asian market, and has some customers in the US and Europe.
From Maxluck Industrial Ltd comes a variety of cotton and rayon lace trim, as well as motif and embroidered trim items. Founded in 1990, the company supplies the ladies' garment industry -- mostly shirt, blouse and dress manufacturers -- and specializes in lace-trim products.
"We source cotton and rayon yarns in [mainland] China, and we get together with our customers to produce samples; then we can approve production," says Shirley Lau, assistant to the managing director. "Prices vary between HK$1 (US$0.13) and HK$20 (US$2.56) per yard, FOB Hong Kong, and we can deliver in 3-4 weeks."
Maxluck, which has a workforce of 150 at its 20,000-square-foot factory in Dongguan, southern China, requires a minimum order of 3,000 yards per style. Its markets include Hong Kong, Argentina, the US, Taiwan and the UK.
A large and versatile range of attractive trim for ladies' garments comes from Wa Tai Garment & Jewellery Accessories Co Ltd, an 11-year-old manufacturer that produces bead and fringe trim, hot fix and bead motifs, as well as bows and rosettes.
"We offer a range of our own designs," says manager Maggie Ng, "but of course very often customers come to us with specific requirements which we can usually design and supply for them." Ng adds the company has its own design team in mainland China.
"We supply apparel, handbag, shoe and hat manufacturers. The general run of prices for trim through the range is US$0.02 to US$2 per metre [FOB Hong Kong]."
With a minimum trim order of 300m per style and a 14-day delivery cycle, the company has many loyal customers in Hong Kong, the US and Europe. It employs 100 workers at its factory in mainland China.
WRITTEN BY JOHN NEWSON
THEY are small but vital. Zippers have always been an important part of a garment or bag, but now these tough fasteners are seen as a key accessory to the final product, subject to the same fashions and trends -- to which Hong Kong manufacturers are closely tuned.
"Even zippers have become a fashion article nowadays. There are so many new styles and materials available, we have to pay close attention to the slightest change in trends," explains Hang Sang Zipper Co Ltd manager WP Cheng.
Hang Sang makes about four million zippers a month at its 200,000-square foot, 300-worker factory in Shenzhen, mainland China. Although some are used to finish toys and bags, most of Hang Sang's zippers end up in garments. "Our products are most popular with outerwear clothes manufacturers," Cheng says. "We've developed both water-resistant and fire-resistant zippers for this market."
Hang Sang sources nylon, plastic and PVC from mainland China, Taiwan and Japan, for use in its zippers' sliders and teeth. Cheng boasts that the company can produce any colour. "This is up to customers. All they have to do is send us a colour swatch and we will match it." The company requires a minimum order of 500 zippers, with a delivery lead time of about seven days. Its main customers are located in Europe and the US.
Luen Hing Ho Material Supplies Ltd makes all types of zipper products. Its range includes a polyester coil invisible zipper; a polyester coil closed-end zipper with vacuum-plated, silver-coloured teeth and lace tape; a polyester coil open-end zipper with transparent teeth and fluorescent tape; and a plastic open-end zipper with luminous-coloured teeth and plastic transparent slider.
Sales executive Rebecca Leung says Luen Hing Ho makes mainly zippers for clothing such as jeans, jackets and raincoats. "We have extensive machinery in our 30,000-square-foot, 300-worker factory in Dongguan, mainland China. Because of this, we can produce a wide range of zippers and use different types of materials in [our] production."
Nylon and plastic are used to make the sliders and teeth for waterproof zippers. The company also uses polyester for the sliders, and various metals for the zipper teeth. All materials are sourced from Taiwan, mainland China and South Korea.
Luen Hing Ho turns out three million to four million zippers per month. Minimum order value is US$1,000, with delivery 7-10 days after order confirmation.
SBS Zipper (HK) Co Ltd makes a range of zippers with plastic, nylon and metal teeth. The Hong Kong parent company has factories in the mainland Chinese cities of Shanghai and Guangzhou, as well as in Fujian Province. The combined manufacturing floor space is 120,000 square metres, in which more than 3,000 workers produce more than 20 million pieces per month.
"Our factories are large enough to cope with very high production capacities," says manager Peter Wong. "These high volumes also help keep our prices competitive."
SBS Zipper uses different kinds of plastic, metal and nylon from mainland China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan and Europe in its goods, which are mainly supplied to garment and bag manufacturers. "We use many different textures of material. For instance, our zippers can be waterproof, backlit or multicoloured," says Wong. The company has around 400 different shades on its colour card.
Minimum order is 5,000 pieces per colour, for delivery to customers worldwide 7-25 days after order confirmation.
About one-half of Union Zipper Mfy's zippers and sliders are sold to bag manufacturers, and the other half to clothing companies. Union Zipper uses a variety of materials, including plastic, polyester, brass and brass wire in the teeth of its zippers, and alloy and yarn in the sliders. These materials are mainly sourced from Japan, the US, Germany and Australia.
The company makes about five million dozen items a month at its 100,000-square-foot, 300-worker factory in Shenzhen, mainland China. There is no minimum order. Samples are delivered 2-7 days after an order is confirmed, and bulk orders take 10-20 days. Union Zipper sells to customers around the world, with the US, UK, Germany, Australia and Japan as its main markets.
"Our customers want high-quality goods that are delivered fast," says marketing manager Matthew Wong. "We can do this, and at a cheap price due to our high production capacity."
WRITTEN BY CAROLINE BIEBUYCK
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