8 Jan 2009
All smiles(HKTDC Enterprise, Vol 01,2009)
Aluminium and crystal photo frames as well as multifunction digital alternatives are among the trendy choices currently in focus
Traditional or digital, rectangular or irregularly shaped, photo frames and albums are always the perfect way to preserve and display precious memories of important moments in life.
Hong Kong manufacturers assure photo fans a pleasant journey down memory lane by catering to all tastes and price ranges and keeping a close watch on the latest product trends.
One supplier, Vigor Productions Ltd, offers a wide spectrum of photo frames and albums ranging from contemporary to retro styles.
"We use non-woven and bonded leather to manufacture products including our alligator photo frame (model FY11-1004-57), floral photo frame (model FY11-1055-46BN) and embossed photo album (model FY12-1573-53)," says Marketing Manager Felix Man.
"We are very flexible, our clients can provide a design theme and our in-house designers will provide advice and samples."
In hot demand at present are value-for-money products with elegant designs, according to Angus Cheung, Manager of Hang Fung Mfy Co Ltd. "Aluminium frames are currently a popular choice because they look sophisticated and stylish," he observes.
The firm's aluminium frame model S267CB-46, for example, features a shiny silver finish with a black inlay. Employing a similar theme, the YA201COS-46 aluminium frame sports a matt silver surface with a shiny silver inlay.
"We regularly introduce new designs and styles, with the latest including a wire frame made from silver (model CY229-57) and a wooden frame with a cherry finish brushed with silver lines (model WDP245CFK-46)," says Mr Cheung.
"Since our early days, our emphasis has been on quality and service, and we waste no opportunity to keep up with the latest trends and techniques to produce new and interesting products," he adds.
Making a departure from the conventional, Manda Int'l (HK) Ltd offers dainty crystal photo frames in different sizes and shapes - such as square and teardrop. "They can be custom-designed to meet specific requirements," says Marketing Executive Iwa Ho.
"We are able to make crystal frames that give the impression that the photograph is floating," she notes, adding that crystal photo frames are ideal both as promotional premiums and personal gifts. "Their eye-catching crystal finish makes photographs look extra special."
The company also produces a range of photo albums in various finishes, including self-adhesive models and mini versions measuring 35x38mm. "The mini album can be used as a fashion accessory when attached to a mobile phone, a belt or a handbag," says Ms Ho.
"Our goal is always to produce appealing items that establish their own unique place in the market," she asserts. "Working closely with clients and responding quickly to their requests is something we are really good at."
While frames for physical photos always have their fair share of fans, digital alternatives have emerged as favourites among techies. Besides different sizes and technologies, today's digital frames come in a variety of designs, encompassing gleaming metal, glass and classic-looking wood models.
"Digital photo frames are far more than your standard picture holder; they can be the focal point of a living room," remarks Andrew Chan, Manager of Newage Electronic Technology Ltd, which produces digital frames on OEM/ODM terms.
One of its top sellers is model N-DPF801, an 8-inch digital photo frame with an iPod dock that can be connected to audio and video sources. "The model features an 800x600-resolution digital panel and supports picture, audio, video, and e-book functions," advises Mr Chan.
The unit is also equipped with a 4-in-1 card reader that supports CF/MMC/MS/XD formats, and two USB ports that provide PC flash links to save and delete files.
"For convenience and variety, the photo frame can display nine photographs at one time as a lantern display and rotate images 90°C 180°C or 270°C" explains Mr Chan. "It also comes with infrared remote control, clock, calendar and alarm functions."
Digital photo frames are the most convenient way to turn precious snap shots into an enthralling 3D slide show, according to Teddy Yip, Marketing Director of Hung Wai Products Ltd. "One advantage of these devices is the ability to stream many images through one frame. It is easy to prepare your work for digital display," he says.
A good example is model 501-035, a 3.5-inch digital photo frame featuring a 320x240-resolution TFT LCD and 3D slide-show facility with colour enhancement functions.
"We have made the photo frame small and slim so it is convenient to carry," explains Mr Yip. "We have also added a magnetic back so it can be attached to metal surfaces as a decoration."
Hung Wai's 7-inch digital photo frame with a 480x234-resolution TFT LCD (model 501-070) comes with a choice of black or white frame and features 3D slide show and colour enhancement functions.
With such an array of designs, colours and themes, photo frames and albums from Hong Kong are certain to extract picture-perfect smiles from satisfied consumers.
TEXT BY CHRIS DAVIS