6 April 2005
Bedding(HKTDC Houseware, Vol 02,2005)
"Our pillows are filled with tiny 100% polystyrene beads," explains AR Ltd manager Decca Yeung. "The covers are made of spandex, and so are very durable, while the cushions align themselves around the head to support both neck and spine and relieve pressure. These products are very safe because they cannot cause suffocation. In brilliant colours, they are also flexible, huggable and quite beautiful."
Founded in 2004, AR has already achieved a worldwide reputation, selling to the US, the UK and the Middle East. "Our monthly production is 300,000-400,000 cushions," says Yeung. "Minimum order is 3,000 pieces and delivery is within 50 days."
Fabrics come from the Chinese mainland and Taiwan, and are made up by a 2,600-strong workforce at an ISO 9001-certified plant in Dongguan on the Chinese mainland. FOB prices are available on request.
According to sales coordinator Peter Wong, some of the world's top hotels - including the famous Hong Kong Peninsula - have long used bedding items made by Kingsway Hotel & Novelties Supplies (HK) Ltd.
"With 25 years of experience, we have been able to keep up with the development of the hotel and catering industry," he says. "Today, nearly 300 leading hotels in Hong Kong, Europe, the Middle East and the US are using our products, and we continue to expand."
Kingsway provides high quality linen items ranging from bed sheets and pillowcases to duvet covers, and a hotel's name can be woven in or embroidered.
Pillows can be made with down and/or synthetic fibre, while blankets are 100% wool, polyester or a mixture.
"Our centralised purchasing department ensures on-time delivery and cost-efficient bulk purchasing," says Wong. "We produce some 20,000 sets of bedding a month at our 20,000-square-foot factory in Guangzhou on the mainland where we employ 300 workers."
Minimum order is 100 sets for delivery within one month, while FOB Hong Kong unit prices range from about US$12.80 to US$25.60 per set comprising one duvet cover, one bed sheet and two pillow cases.
For something rather special, Wah Tung Sponge Fty uses memory foam to produce pillows and mattresses that fit the contours of the body. Memory foam is a unique product devised by the company to improve the comfort of its bedding.
"The material expands due to body heat, gradually softens and changes shape to fit the form," claims manager Tanny Cheung. "Our memory foam pillows and mattresses are designed to relieve body pressure while sleeping, thus providing total comfort and ensuring a restful night. A pillow may also be placed under the knees or behind the neck or lower back for relief of tension and back pain."
Founded in 1992, Wah Tung invited chemistry professors at major universities to research new types of sponge for various products. "We also received the support of experts from the US chemical supplier who trained the 600 workers at our ISO 9002-certified, 35,000-square-metre factory in Shenzhen on how best to manufacture memory foam products," says Cheung.
More than 90,000 pillows and mattresses are produced each month, and the minimum order is one TEU for delivery within 3-4 weeks. "We sell our products under the Pillow King brand in Japan, the US and Europe, and also under customers' names," says Cheung. "Our annual turnover is US$10m-12m."
Meanwhile, pillows claimed to cure snoring and relieve the discomfort of osteoporosis are produced by the Luen Tai Group (HK) Ltd. "Our anti-snoring pillow is ergonomically designed to support the head and spine and keep them in perfect alignment," says sales executive Wicky Law.
"This has proved to considerably reduce or eliminate snoring. In addition, our osteoporatic pillow relieves stiff necks and headaches, eases muscle tension and enhances good circulation while removing fatigue. We also have a bubble-foam pillow with charcoal added to absorb any electromagnetic waves and emit infrared ones to convey a calming and soothing effect."
The Luen Tai Group was founded in 1988, says Law. "Our 150,000-square-foot factory in Shenzhen employs 1,000 workers and produces 150,000 pillows and 9,000 mattresses per month."
FOB Hong Kong unit prices range from US$5-11 for pillows and US$35-150 for mattresses, depending on size and cover fabric. Luen Tai also produces cushions that vibrate and bathing pillows. Minimum order is one FEU, and delivery is promised within 30 days. Major markets are Japan, the US, Europe, Australia and Hong Kong.
Indicating clearly that, for a business boost, Hong Kong never sleeps on the job.
WRITTEN BY WINSOME LANE