1 April 2005
Bar Accessories(HKTDC Gifts, Premium & Stationery, Vol 02,2005)
Typically, China Heaven Industries Ltd has designed a colourful, eye-catching array of wine stoppers with polystone tops. The FOB Hong Kong unit price for a Santa Claus stopper (STX76) is approximately US$0.35, while a snowman version (STX80) costs about US$0.42. "These items are good for seasonal trade," says manager Kong Chun Kuen.
A wine stopper with a polystone top moulded in the form of grapes (3315) sells for about US$0.19 each. Grapes also feature in the firm's polystone wine collars (3350) and coasters (3424), priced at about US$0.25 and US$0.35 each respectively. "The wine collar goes around the neck of a bottle to absorb spillage," explains Kong. "It is also decorative."
The company also makes wine charms. "Each drinker can put a wine charm on the stem of his/her wine glass to distinguish it from others," Kong says, adding that a set of six polystone wine charms (78003) in different shapes such as grapes, cheese and bread costs about US$0.72, including packaging.
Raw materials like polystone come from Taiwan, while natural cork comes from Portugal and the metals from the Chinese mainland. China Heaven requires a minimum order value of US$4,000 per shipment and 2,000 units per design. Delivery is usually 45 days after order confirmation.
Founded in 1992, the company employs up to 400 workers who produce 300,000-500,000 items of bar accessories per month at a 5,000-square-metre factory in the southern mainland's Shenzhen. "Our major markets include Europe, the US and South America," Kong says, "and we always try to include some cute elements in our designs to appeal to different tastes."
The cute theme also graces the portfolio of Yield Chance Enterprises Co Ltd, whose latest items include a plastic bottle opener with flashing lights (A1108).
"The lights can be switched on and off and they are powered by two button cells," says director Y S Auyeung. "The unit price is about US$0.30 FOB Hong Kong."
A plastic, musical bottle opener (A1096) also provides a surprise. "Some customers like having sound and light, and music plays when the opener touches the lid of the bottle," Auyeung says.
"The price of the bottle opener depends on the order quantity. For example, the FOB Hong Kong unit price for an order of 5,000 pieces is about US$0.78."
He says a zinc alloy key ring-cum-bottle opener shaped like a bottle (A1089) sells for US$0.39 each, while an iron bottle opener boasting a multicoloured bottle pattern (A1084) carries a US$0.40 unit price tag.
The bottle motif is also used for a paper coaster (A1106) whose cost varies with the size of the order. "For 30,000 pieces, for example, the unit price is about US$0.07," Auyeung says. He adds that new products from Yield Chance include a PVC coaster with a picture that changes with the viewing angle.
Plastic, zinc alloy, iron sheet and paper are sourced mostly from the mainland. However, some zinc alloy comes from Australia and some plastic from Japan.
About 400 workers carry out production at the company's 2,000-square-metre factory in the southern mainland's Dongguan. The 13-year-old firm requires a minimum order size of 5,000 units for most items, and lead time is 45 days. "We sell mainly to Europe, the US and Africa," Auyeung says.
Turning to bigger bar accessories, MGM Industries & Co supplies a plastic ice bucket (6799) priced about US$3.80 FOB Hong Kong each. It has also launched a dice cup with dice (6798).
"Dice games are usually very popular in bars," says managing director Dilys Chiu. "Prices vary," she adds. "For example, the FOB Hong Kong unit price for an order of 2,000 is about US$2."
The minimum order is about 1,000 units, and delivery is within 30 days of order confirmation. Using plastic from Indonesia, Taiwan and Saudi Arabia, the 20-year-old manufacturer runs a 3,000-square-metre Shenzhen factory, with 500-1,000 workers. Its biggest markets are Europe and the US. "Together they account for 80-90% of our sales," Chiu says.
Moving to more a hi-tech look, Kitchen General Int'l Co Ltd supplies stainless steel bar accessories including coasters, shakers, strainers, corkscrews, bottle openers, tongs, juicers and electric ice crushers, as well as double-wall ice buckets and can coolers.
"The stainless steel is imported from Korea, Japan and the mainland," manager Jean Wong says. "The minimum order value is US$4,000, and our lead time is about 30-45 days."
Targeting mainly the European market, the firm operates an ISO 9001-certified factory with 400 workers in Dongguan.
Supported by low-cost production bases on the mainland, Hong Kong's creative manufacturers look likely to continue adding fizz to the drinks business.
WRITTEN BY LIZA LEE
China Heaven Industries Ltd
Kitchen General Int'l Co Ltd
Petek Co Ltd
Yield Chance Enterprises Co Ltd