31 March 2004
Hong Kong Gifts, Premiums and Stationery
A Cut Above The Rest
Hong Kong Yee Ya Crystal Arts Ltd's new releases for 2004 include these figurines of a spirited horse's head and a firm handshake
When companies are looking for that special something to commemorate an event, crystal gifts are a good choice. Over the years, the range of items available has expanded with Hong Kong companies now manufacturing crystal products to suit all budgets and needs.
Hong Kong Yee Ya Crystal Arts Ltd uses lead crystal and optical crystal from the Chinese mainland in its crystal souvenirs. Goods are made in the company's 36,000-square-foot factory in Shenzhen on the mainland. "While some simple cutting is done by machine, most of the work - including finishing, polishing and engraving - is done by hand," says marketing executive Luby Lin.
The company's new range for 2004 includes figures of a horse's head and one depicting a handshake. Prices for these items depend on the order quantity, but generally range from US$200-300 FOB Hong Kong apiece. It plans to launch more items in April 2004.
Minimum order size is generally 1,000 pieces, but Lin says this can be waived if smaller quantities are needed. "Small pieces can be delivered within a couple of days, whereas larger orders for larger items, such as the horse's head, can take one month," she explains.
Lin says that Hong Kong Yee Ya's strength lies in its competitive pricing and good lead time. "We exercise good quality control in our factory," she adds.
Quality is also the hallmark of items made by B J Crystal Hong Kong Co Ltd, which only uses Austrian crystal in its products.
One desktop item is a model of a Hong Kong cityscape; the firm produces landmarks and skylines from various North American cities as well. B J Crystal also makes corporate awards such as crystal globes, plaques and trophies, plus custom-made 3D images in crystal.
Current designs in the latter range include a 3D flying horse pen stand and a 3D laser golf trophy. "Quality is assured since we use high-quality German machinery to create the internal images," says director Y.H. So.
There is no minimum order size and deliveries can be made 14 days after order confirmation. The company has two mainland plants with a total floor space of 1,000 square metres and a workforce of 300. Products made in the Shanghai plant are shipped from there, while goods made in Zhongshan are exported from Hong Kong.
The main market is the US, which consumes about half of the company's production. "Our other main customers are based in Europe and Hong Kong, but we export all over the world," says So.
CW Crystal Ltd, which has a wide customer base in Hong Kong, uses lead crystal from the mainland for its gift items. The current range of crystal gifts includes a newly-hatched chick, model 3006, priced at HK$40 (about US$5) apiece, and a tiny crystal locomotive set, model 1171, costing HK$150 (about US$19). These approximate prices are ex-factory and depend on the quantities ordered.
The company manufactures at mainland factories located in Shanghai and Shenzhen with a combined floor space of more than 5,000 square metres. Products are shipped from either Shanghai or Hong Kong.
Marketing executive Ivan Chang explains that the company has no minimum order requirement. "We are flexible in dealing with customers," he says. This flexibility extends to understanding different budgets. "We can use different quality materials depending on how much our customers want to spend."
In order to keep costs low, WIO Development Co Ltd mainly uses optical glass and other artificial crystal, which it sources from the mainland. "We sometimes use Austrian crystal or parts from the Czech Republic, depending on customer requirements," says marketing manager Sophia Leung.
WIO Development has a 1,000-square-metre factory in Shanghai, employing 30 workers. It requires a minimum order value of US$2,000 for shipments from Shanghai or Hong Kong.
One of its new ranges introduced this year includes crystal game sets. As well as chess, Chinese chess, and noughts and crosses, the company makes a crystal tic-tac-toe set, model 7011, priced at US$8.50 apiece. In its perfume bottle range, the company makes a bottle with a daisy topper, model 2013, which costs US$11. One of the company's ornaments is a crystal fountain with two birds, model 8120, priced at US$15. All prices are either FOB Hong Kong or Shanghai.
WIO Development is proud of the service it offers customers. "Service is not just about design and delivery," explains Leung. "We also think about our clients' needs in making sure the products are suitable for their markets."
Whether you need intricate hand-carved items, several thousand machine-made pieces or something in between, the offerings from Hong Kong's crystal gift manufacturers never fail to sparkle.
WRITTEN BY CAROLINE BIEBUYCK
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