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Value for Yardage(HKTDC Fashion - Fabrics & Accessories, Vol 01,2002)

Vol 1 2002

 

PRODUCT FEATURES

Value for Yardage
Cotton Fabrics

Fasten Up
Buckles

See What You Get
Labels & Badges

 

Value for Yardage

Cotton Fabrics

A diverse range of cotton fabric from Tongtex Ltd creates an eye-catching effect with its bold butterflies.

THE fashion industry requires constant adaptation and Hong Kong companies are constantly striving to meet the requirements of a dynamic market.

Tongtex Ltd is well known in the fabrics industry for producing a wide range of ready-made fabrics for the garment industry. Tongtex lists such well-known names as Nautica, Guess, Target, Sears and Kamong among its customers.

"Markets in the US take up around 85% of our production and Europe takes most of the remainder," says assistant merchandising manager Virginia Tam.

"Keeping up with the latest in fashion is always important and the development of new fabrics is the key to success. We have our own joint venture company in Jiangsu (on the eastern Chinese mainland), and we develop new fabrics. We make special-quality products according to our buyers' requirements," adds Tam.

Established in 1987, Tongtex prides itself on its professional service. "We have many buyers, we are familiar with their requirements, quality standards and procedures, including sample-submission and testing, and we provide a very professional follow-up service," boasts Tam.

Tongtex has a monthly production of about six million yards. Standard production takes about 30 days for solid-dyed fabrics, 40 days for print fabrics and 55 days for yarn-dyed fabrics. Prices range from US$0.60 to US$3.00 FOB Hong Kong depending on the fabric.

Soimex Int'l is a fabric-design company with a 23-year history in Hong Kong. The company produces 60-80 new fabric designs a year. "We are among the few design companies alive and kicking in Hong Kong that can conjure up new designs," says general manager Vishwa Prakash.

"We really deal with end customers in that we work with the designers of these end customers and show them our designs," Prakash adds. Customers include stores and importers in the US and Europe, with such end consignees as Target, Walmart, JC Penny, GAP and Guess.

Soimex designers visit leading fairs to keep abreast of the latest fashions and stay in touch with designers while identifying areas where they can create something new. "We look at the colour trends, drapability trends and ethnic-look trends," says Prakash.

"The appearance of the fabric is what the designer goes for first," Prakash adds, explaining that pattern, weave, fibre composition, look, drape and wearability all have to be considered in the design.

With offices in India, the Chinese mainland and Singapore, Soimex's main products are denims and natural fibres, such as linen, cotton, and viscose rayon. Using raw materials from India and the Chinese mainland, the fabrics are made on the mainland, with regular factory inspections ensuring that high quality is maintained.

"We have textile engineers on our staff who can marry the technical capabilities of the Chinese mainland and India with what the market needs. We can produce at very reasonable prices compared to Europe or the US.

The minimum order is normally 5,000 yards," explains Prakash.

Golden Glory Textiles Ltd uses raw materials from Europe, the Chinese mainland and Pakistan and has two factories on the mainland. The company's weaving and dyeing plants need a lead time of 45 days to produce to order.

"We can ask our weaving factory to produce different fabrics or different designs in addition to the traditional products we produce," explains export manager C.H. Tam.

"We have designers on the mainland whom we ask to produce different fabrics that cannot be found on the market - fabrics that cannot be found from other suppliers."

"Our customers will ask us to do special features or patterns on the fabric or water-resistant coatings. Our factories can do dyeing and printing and we cooperate with other factories for different coatings," says Tam.

"Now we can introduce computer programmes to do yarn dyeing, and we can programme computers to drive the weaving machines," Tam explains.

"All products are manufactured to our customers' requirements. We work according to their request and make samples for testing," says Tam. Golden Glory's main market is the US. Minimum order size is 3,000 yards and prices range from US$0.90 to $7.00 depending on the fabric involved.

Chung Bao (T.S.) Printing & Dyeing Co Ltd also supplies the garment industry, selling to the buyers and garment factories of clients in the US and Europe. "We have a range of fabrics in our library that we present to our customers and we can also produce to their requirements," says sales manager Sam Wan.

"Keeping one step ahead of the market is a vital part of the textiles and fabrics business," explains Wan. "We travel to Europe and visit the textile and fashion shows. We then interpret the fabrics we see used and do it at a more affordable price. We try to provide new items to offer to our customers. We find out if a certain type of fabric will be popular for the next season or if a certain type of look will be in and then we try producing items along those lines."

With a monthly production of nearly two million yards, Chung Bao can supply a minimum order of 3,000 yards per colour within 14-45 days depending on the fabric. Prices range from US$1-5 FOB Hong Kong.

"All our orders are inspected by an appointed inspection company in Hong Kong prior to shipment, so orders have to meet their standards and be approved by the customer before we can ship any goods," says Wan.

"The most important thing is to meet our customers' requirements for price and quality."

WRITTEN BY THOMAS MUTTRIE

Contact Details

Ching Hing Weaving Dyeing & Printing Fty Ltd
10/F, Int'l Ind Bldg
501-503 Castle Peak Rd
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2266-9000
Fax: 852-2310-9878
E-mail: sales@ching-hing.com.hk

Golden Glory Textiles Ltd
Unit A, 14/F, CDW Bldg
382-392 Castle Peak Rd, Tsuen Wan
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2493-6661
Fax: 852-2415-2897
E-mail: textiles@goldenglory.biz.com.hk

Kin Hing Hong Textiles Ltd
G/F, 167-169 Yu Chau St
Sham Shui Po
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2398-1688
Fax: 852-2398-3336
E-mail: 2415646@netvigator.com

Soimex Int'l Ltd
Rm 518, Tung Ying Bldg
100 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2721-0129
Fax: 852-2739-8293
E-mail: sales@soimex.com

Tongtex Ltd
Unit 501, Swire & Maclaine House
19-23 Austin Ave, Tsim Sha Tsui
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2342-3322
Fax: 852-2342-2020
E-mail: deswell@netvigator.com

Chung Bao (T.S.) Printing & Dyeing Co Ltd
Flat A & C
9/F, Gee Hing Chang Ind Bldg
16 Cheung Yue St, Cheung Sha Wan
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2390-5338
Fax: 852-2390-6605
E-mail: tscotton@tstextile.com.hk


Fasten Up

Buckles

Winner Button Co Ltd produces buckles in its Shenzhen factory on the Chinese mainland in a variety of different sizes and shapes to cater for a myriad of uses.

ALTHOUGH buckles may appear too small to matter, they are indispensable to the apparel industry. To capture the market for this important accessory, Hong Kong companies have buckled down to the manufacture of quality buckles at competitive prices. These enterprises can supply items of their own design as well as make items according to a customer's designs and other specifications.

Winner Button Co Ltd turns out a great variety of polyester buckles for belts. Formed in 1984, this manufacturer makes buckles and buttons at its 20,000-square-foot, 180-worker factory in the boomtown of Shenzhen on the southern Chinese mainland.

A laser-cut star-shaped iridescent buckle carries a price tag of HK$2 (US$0.26) FOB Hong Kong, and an imitation tortoiseshell octagonal version sells for about HK$0.50 (US$0.06). "The raw materials come from Taiwan and we sell worldwide," says director Cheung Wai-chu.

Winner Button's markets include the US, Canada, Chile, Argentina, the UK, South Africa and the Middle East. For buckles, the company requires a minimum order of 1,000 units and shipment can be made 10 days after order confirmation.

Honda Button Co Ltd makes a range of polyester buckles, mainly for raincoats. Established in 1989, this company manufactures polyester buckles and buttons at its 50,000-square-foot, 200-worker factory in Guangdong Province, on the Chinese mainland.

Among Honda Button's latest models is a series of imitation tortoiseshell rectangular and roundish buckles. "With polyester, we can do dual colours," says manager Rayman Wong. "We can also make buttons and buckles in the same colour and we can put laser logos on the products," he adds.

The raw materials for the buckles are sourced from South Korea and Japan. The firm's buckles are priced at HK$2-3 (US$0.26-0.38) per piece FOB Hong Kong. Minimum order is 1,000 pieces. Shipment can be made within two weeks of order confirmation. Honda Button's major market is Europe.

As well as the rectangular models, Sing May Metal Works (H.K.) Fty creates buckles for denim braces and leather belts. This enterprise uses brass and alloys imported mainly from Taiwan.

"We do not ask for a minimum order size if we have the materials in stock," says assistant manager Lisa Chau. Shipment can be made 2-3 weeks after order confirmation. The company's main markets are Australia, the US, Taiwan, the Chinese mainland and Japan.

Sing May's head office in Taiwan was founded in 1970. The manufacturer also makes buttons, rivets and eyelets at its factories in Taiwan and the southern Chinese mainland.

C & K Metal Mfy Ltd has created a gold-coloured rectangular buckle for belts. It sports a zigzag pattern. "We referred to ancient Egyptian patterns before we came up with this design," says sales manager Kathy Lai. "It is clipped-on and the wearer can change the buckle." This item sells for about US$1 FOB Hong Kong.

Another eye-catching item from C & K Metal is a silver-coloured buckle featuring a heart. "It's for swimsuits and underwear and it's nickel free," Lai explains. This model is priced at about US$0.14 FOB Hong Kong.

A gold-coloured buckle in the shape of a flag waving in the wind is die-cut with a new moon and a star. "It's for bra straps," Lai notes. "It creates a calm feeling because you only see the moon and stars at night. It's wavy in outline and not a rigid rectangle. It's good for night-gowns." This nickel-free item carries a price tag of about US$0.15 each.

Another of C & K's popular items is a nickel-free buckle featuring a new moon and star theme. "It's for braces," Lai says. This item sells for about US$0.14 FOB Hong Kong for a set of two pieces.

The company also produces a ring-shaped buckle. "It's also for bra straps," Lai explains.

The wares mentioned above are made of zinc alloy from Australia. The company also makes buckles using brass sheets from Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong and brass wire and steel imported from Taiwan and the Chinese mainland.

Founded in 1987 but renamed C & K in 1997, this firm produces 100,000 sets of buckles per month at its factory in Huizhou in Guangdong Province on the Chinese mainland. With a production facility of 2,000 square metres and 60 workers, the company also makes buttons, snaps, rivets and metal labels. Minimum order for buckles is 2,000 sets and shipment can be made 7-14 days after order confirmation. Major markets are the US, Europe, Egypt and the Philippines.

Set up in 1993, Emperor Metal Button Mfy Ltd produces belt buckles at its factory in Hong Kong. According to company spokesperson Rosetta Ho, square or rectangular alloy buckles measuring about 3cm are priced at about HK$20 (US$2.56) per dozen FOB Hong Kong. The alloy used for production is imported from Australia and the brass is sourced from Japan and South Korea. Shipment can be made one week after order confirmation. The company's major markets are the US and Europe.

WRITTEN BY LIZA LEE

Contact details:

C & K Metal Mfy Ltd
Flat 13, 12/F, Wing Hing Ind Bldg
83-93 Chai Wan Kok St, Tsuen Wan
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2499-2848
Fax: 852-2411-6802
E-mail: wfmm168@hkstar.com

Emperor Metal Button Mfy Ltd
Rm 1106, Blk B
Hoi Luen Ind Centre
55 Hoi Yuen Rd, Kwun Tong
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2342-8310
Fax: 852-2790-6544
E-mail: emperor@emperorbutton.com

Grand Metal Works Ltd
23/F, Blk B
114 King Fuk St, San Po Kong
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2327-6161
Fax: 852-2327-0669
E-mail: grmwlhk@netvigator.com

Honda Button Co Ltd
Unit C,15/F
Che Wah Ind Bldg
1-7 Kin Hong St, Kwai Chung
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2487-1438
Fax: 852-2480-6546
E-mail: info@hondabutton.com.hk

Li Wai Metal Mfy Ltd
Flats A-D, 4/F, Blk 1
Golden Dragon Ind Centre
152-160 Tai Lin Pai Rd, Kwai Chung
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2421-4098
Fax: 852-2487-5282
E-mail: liwaiind@hknet.com

Sing May Metal Works (HK) Fty
Rm 720, 7/F, Blk B
Sun Fung Centre
88 Kwok Shui Rd, Kwai Chung
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2487-1415
Fax: 852-2487-1320
E-mail: singmay@hutchcity.com

Winner Button Co Ltd
G/F, 175-177 Yu Chau St
Sham Shui Po
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2393-1919
Fax: 852-2397-8599
E-mail: hennybtn@hkstar.com


See What You Get

Labels & Badges


Woven badges from Labels & Labels Ltd feature interesting colourful motifs such as fish, eagles and many others to match ensembles with a special theme.

WITH a wide array of functions ranging from describing content and origin of products to making a unique fashion statement and giving an instant identification of brand name, labels and badges come in an amazing variety of shapes, sizes and material. And Hong Kong, with its long established history in the apparel industry, has never stopped offering upbeat labels and badges to suit the latest fashion products.

Iron-on embroidered badges in vivid motifs of animals and cartoon figures are among the selection of woven labels and badges manufactured by Labels & Labels Ltd.

"We offer a profusion of labels and badges for a broad range of applications. We sell some to manufacturers for sewing onto different fashion products for functional or decorative purposes, while others - like iron-on badges - are sold to consumers who want to give their belongings a personal touch," says director Terry Chan.

Using polyester yarns imported from Japan, Labels & Labels Ltd makes labels and badges for the mid-price range. Iron-on labels cost US$0.20 to US$0.30 FOB Hong Kong each. Designs are provided by customers and no minimum order is required.

"Our reasonable pricing, good quality and flexibility in doing business has enabled us to stand out from the competition," says Chan.

Established more than 30 years ago, Labels & Labels produces for markets in the US, the UK, France and Germany. The company owns a 30,000-square-foot, 600-worker factory in Zhaoqing (in Guangdong Province on the Chinese mainland) that has a monthly production of one million labels. Delivery is 3-4 weeks after sample confirmation.

Perfect Land Ind Co manufactures rubber labels in clean and bold designs that appeal to the sportswear market. Typical labels cost from US$0.10 to US$0.30 FOB Hong Kong per piece.

"Many of our labels appear on sports apparel and bags. The designs are created by our clients in Europe, the Chinese mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong," says managing director Spencer Chen. Chen believes that the company's good customer service has kept its business thriving since its incorporation in 1996.

"We can make pre-production samples in just five days and can achieve prompt delivery in 8-14 days depending on the complexity of the design," explains Chen.

Perfect Land has its own 55,000-square-metre, 120-worker factory in Dongguan on the Chinese mainland. Monthly label production is about one million pieces and minimum order is 5,000-10,000 pieces.

Sun Tak Label Weaving & Printing Fty was established in 1980 and manufactures both woven and printed labels. According to its marketing manager Richard Cheung, woven merchandise chalks up 90% of Sun Tak's current business.

"Our woven labels can be found on a wide array of products - garments, shoes, bags and toys. As we belong to the Sun Hing Industries Holdings group, which offers textiles and other haberdasheries, we share a worldwide customer base with our other subsidiaries," says Cheung.

"We play a very important role in providing technical advice when a given design is under development, and we are renowned for our extensive know-how in weaving techniques," continues Cheung.

Sun Tak uses polyester, nylon and cotton yarns imported from Japan, Europe and Taiwan in its production. The average price for the company's labels ranges from US$0.50 to US$15 per piece depending on the raw materials used, design complexity, stitching density and order size.

Sun Tak has just installed new German machinery at its 50,000-square-metre, 2,000-worker factory in Shenzhen (on the Chinese mainland). The factory has acquired the Eco-Tex and o-Tex certificates and has a monthly output of about 100,000 dozen labels. There is no minimum quantity and delivery takes 5-7 days after sample confirmation.

With more than 10 years' experience in the industry, J & A Industrial Co specializes in rubber badges, 3D soft PVC badges, 3D rubber patches, water-filled badges and embossed labels. The company has a monthly output of five million labels at its 5,000-square-metre, 1,000-worker factory in Dongguan (on the Chinese mainland).

"Many of our products are the logos of brand names that adorn garments, gloves, caps, and handbags. The artwork is usually provided by our clients," says director Jimmy Chan.

The desire for reliability in quality prompts J & A to use PVC from Taiwan and Japan, and typical labels cost around US$0.20 FOB Hong Kong per piece.

"Our medium-low price, complemented by our good quality, enables us to sell worldwide. The US is our major market, with Europe gaining on it lately," Chan asserts.

J & A has no minimum-quantity requirements and shipment can be made one week after sample confirmation. J & A also takes a proactive role in marketing and networking.

"We participate at all local garment and accessories fairs, and this keeps us well abreast of market trends and developments, as well as being very effective in expanding our customer base," adds Chan.

WRITTEN BY WINNIE HUI

Contact Details

J & A Industrial Co
Unit 25, 28/F
Well Fung Ind Centre
68 Ta Chuen Ping St, Kwai Chung
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2428-9188
Fax: 852-2428-9368
E-mail: jimmy@jna.com.hk

Labels & Labels Ltd
12/F, Blk A
25-27 Luk Hop St, San Po Kong
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2351-4711
Fax: 852-2352-0744
E-mail: labels@netvigator.com

Perfect Land Ind Co
Rm 1219, Phase 1
Metro Centre
32 Lam Hing St, Kowloon Bay
Kowloon , Hong Kong
Tel: 852-214-6638
Fax: 852-2148-6969
E-mail: perfect8@netvigator.com

Sun Tak Label Weaving & Printing Fty
2/F, Bold Win Ind Bldg
16-18 Wah Sing St, Kwai Chung
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2427-6638
Fax: 852-2480-4143
E-mail: suntak@suntak.com

Supreme Label Industrial Ltd
Rm 708, 7/F
Elite Ind Centre
883 Cheung Sha Wan Rd
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2405-1228
Fax: 852-2405-1213
E-mail: supremel@netvigator.com

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