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Hospitality & Catering Supplies(HKTDC Enterprise, Vol 03,2003)

Vol 3, 2003


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Hospitality & Catering Supplies

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Stechcol Enterprise Ltd focuses on the finish and decoration of blank-ware, especially decal ceramic transfers, like these attractive dinner plates

The hospitality industry requires everything from swizzle sticks and toothpicks to silver-plated service sets for top hotels, and major airlines form yet another highly specialised sector with demand for items such as cosmetic sets. Hong Kong caters toall these needs with an abundance of products at competitive prices.

For example, Ming Hing Mfg Co Ltd, established in 1963, offers an entire range of stainless steel ware and silver-, gold- and pewter-plated dishes that bring a variety of metallic colours to the table.

"Apart from functionality, our products are highly elegant and many buyers treat them as gift items. Generally, our designs tend to the high-end and are quite beautiful, even our simple butter dishes and trays," says sales executive Pandora Hung.

Popular lines from Ming Hing include stainless steel butter dishes, trays, bowls and multi-tiered dishes that reach major markets such as the US and Europe. "We have our own designers and also obtain ideas from customers to create new and appealing patterns and shapes," says Hung.

Production takes place in Panyu in Guangdong Province on the Chinese mainland. The minimum order is 1,000 pieces per item for delivery 30-45 days after receipt of order, and prices are available upon request.

Stechcol Enterprise Ltd, established in 1989, is also a highly specialised producer of high-end houseware items frequently purchased by luxury hotel groups.

Stechcol set up a plant in Shenzhen on the Chinese mainland some 10 years ago and continues refining and developing the know-how and technology associated with high class printing onto porcelain surfaces, including cold decal printing and using water-slide decal paper.

Popular lines from Ming Hing Mfg Co Ltd include multi-tiered dishes in stainless steel that reach major markets in the US and Europe

"We are a specialist in decal ceramic transfers and use a quality and very high firing kiln. Right now, Australia and Europe are busy markets for us," says manager Chin Kim Chong.

The company also cooperates with a maker of fine bone china located in the northern mainland. "We are not the blank-ware producer and restrict ourselves to the finish and the decoration," Chin says.

The FOB Hong Kong price for a 20-piece low-end porcelain dinner set is about US$5, while that for a high-end version is about US$10. The minimum order varies from 200-2,000 pieces/sets depending on the item.

Manager Wilson Lee says Regent Silverware Mfg Ltd make its products, especially the Inox brand, using 18/10 stainless steel. Some of the company's lines also utilise glass liners and components from Europe as the quality is more reliable.

Lee says: "Among our products, in general, plain styles with 'high-contrast' are more popular in the Middle East and Asian markets."

He states that of the stainless steel products, not less than 30% are OEM/ODM products supplied to various brand name owners and manufacturers in Europe and the US. "We take full care of the production process including blueprint, prototype preparation, tool building and production of the finished products," he says.

"Apart from stainless steel articles, silver-plated products are also one of our core segments," he adds.

The majority of Regent's raw materials are imported from overseas sources to ensure the company's corporate goal of achieving "quality at reasonable prices".

Edward Hung, managing director at 18-year-old Apoly Industrial Ltd, says the company mass-manufactures a host of items for the catering industry including swizzle sticks, drink mixers, lemon squeezers, special straws with rotary disks and even cup-and-plate racks.

"These items are made from various kinds of plastic including PP and PE, but we use wood for the toothpicks. We make huge quantities and so the minimum order varies from 5,000-100,000 pieces depending on the item, while the lead-time for orders is about 30 days."

Manufacturing takes place at a factory located in Shenzhen on the Chinese mainland. "The plant is only an hour from Hong Kong by high-speed ferry and is very convenient to visit," says Hung.

Buyers looking for decorative items in combinations of glass and metal can contact International Glass & Metal Mfy Ltd, established in 1990.

"We have glass party card holders with silver-plated stands at about US$0.77 each FOB Hong Kong, and a similar item that functions as a candleholder priced at about US$1.10 each FOB Hong Kong," says company marketing executive Isabella Tong.

"The unit price for a tea-light with a metal stand is about US$1.70 and that for a table-top glass vase about US$1.30, both FOB Hong Kong," she adds.

The company operates a 450-worker plant in Donngguan on the Chinese mainland. Monthly production is about 200,000 units, using mainland-sourced raw materials. Major markets include the US, the UK, Australia, Greece and Germany, and delivery takes 30 days from confirmation of order. The minimum order is 1,200 pieces per item.

WRITTEN BY TONY HENDERSON

Contact Details

Apoly Industrial Ltd
Rm 604
Yuen Fat Ind Bldg
25 Wang Chiu Rd
Kowloon Bay, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 825-2799-9789
Fax: 852-2795-6656
Email: apoly@netvigator.com

Int'l Glass & Metal Mfy Ltd
Units 9-10, 10/F
Goodharvest Ind Bldg
9 Tsun Wen Rd
Tuen Mun
New Territories, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2461-8663
Fax: 852-2465-0572
Email: intlglas@netvigator.com

Ladycare Amenities Mfg
Co Ltd
Units 2207-2211
Telford House
16 Wang Hoi Rd
Kowloon Bay, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2796-8108
Fax: 852-2707-9882
Email: ladycare@ladycare.com

Ming Hing Mfg Co Ltd
7/F
Sang Cheung Ind Bldg
11-13 Ka Hing Rd
Kwai Chung
New Territories, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2424-0124
Fax: 852-2480-5432
Email: info@ming-hing.com

Regent Silverware Mfg Ltd
8/F
Wing Hing Ind Bldg
83 Chai Wan Kok St
Tsuen Wan
New Territories, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2611-9383
Fax: 852-2411-6966
Email: silverware@regentsilver.com

Stechcol Enterprise Ltd
15/F, Blk B
Central Mansion
270-276 Queen's Rd Central
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2815-7636
Fax: 852-2854-0568
Email: chim.kc@stechcol.com

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