About HKTDC | Media Room | Contact HKTDC | Wish List Wish List () | My HKTDC |
Save As PDF Email this page Print this page
Qzone

Multifunction Flexibility(HKTDC Houseware, Vol 01,2008)

Plastic Houseware

Photo
The huge variety of plastic kitchen products available from Supreme Plastic Mfg Co Ltd includes this set of three measuring cups and a mandoline slicer

No longer immediately associated only with being cheap, plastic houseware products have come a long way in terms of functionality, quality and appearance

Popular the world over for their practicality and durability, affordable plastic houseware products now display such additional qualities as heat-resistance and environmental friendliness. It is even fair to claim that plastic pervades every room in the house.

Hong Kong manufacturers have many decades of experience in the plastics sector, which is clear to see in both the depth and scope of the plastic houseware products they offer.

Supreme Plastic Mfg Co Ltd focuses on plastic houseware products for the kitchen, used in conjunction with stainless steel.

"Our customers include private brands, importers and retailers," says Marketing Manager Forenza Lai. "Some of our OEM products are bought by well-known international brands." She says there is a huge range of kitchen-related products, including almost 2,000 open items.

A product that is always in demand is a mandoline slicer (S-1046), which features two julienne blades, one waffle slicer, one straight slicer and a safety holder. Also popular is a set of three measuring cups (S-1120), which come with both liquid and dry measures.

"These two products are among our top sellers because they serve essential roles in the preparation of food," says Ms Lai, adding that new products are introduced every season.

"The trend for upcoming products is for more colourful items that will be functional while also brightening up the kitchen," she says, adding that the company stands out from competitors because of the excellent quality of its products and the use of FDA/EU approved resins.

Ms Lai says that Supreme Plastic expects most growth to come from Eastern Europe in the next 12 months or so, given strong economies in that region.

On the other hand, Megasii Ltd expects to see big market expansion in the US. "We have spent a year establishing a strong sales relationship with customers in the US and have received excellent feedback," says Project Supervisor Sum Lee. "We intend to introduce products especially designed for the US market."

The company uses recyclable polyethylene and a rotational moulding process to manufacture most of its range. "Rotational moulding is cost-effective, ensures a uniform or varied wall thickness and allows for the manufacture of complex hollow parts," says Ms Lee, adding that the technique is back in vogue and that many famous houseware designers are employing it.

The results are seen in the company's striking plastic home decor products, including new lighting products. One is an "Angora cat" lamp measuring 229x192x495mm that is available in white, grey, chocolate and light orange hues. It uses a 12V, 10W, G4 halogen bulb (adaptor and halogen bulb are included).

"Many people like pets, and we believe that this particular lamp will be very popular," opines Ms Lee. "We even think it may be viewed as being artistic." The cat lamp is priced at US$16.50 each FOB Guangzhou, while other animal lamp options include a duck and a dachshund.

Also new is an iPot lamp, and Ms Lee feels this will be a big hit in the office or home as it plugs into a computer's USB port. "This is a combination mood light and plant pot," she explains. "We use low-voltage power and ensure that the water in the pot cannot make contact with any power source."

The LED iPot lamp can also be battery operated. While the pot comes in white, the colour changes to red, blue or purple when the lamp is switched on. The 135x135x125mm lamp is priced at US$3.50 each.

"We see a trend towards plastic, non-traditional lighting that is more decorative," Ms Lee says, adding that new items are introduced twice a year and the majority of the company's clients are designer-houseware related.

Also introducing new products twice a year is Good Time Industries Co Ltd. Top sellers in this firm's range are an acrylic pepper mill, a garlic press and a 7-in-1 grater.

The popular grater comprises four different blades (coarse shredding, fine shredding, slicing and cutting), a two-piece citrus juicer (large and small head), and a container. It is suitable for vegetables, fruit, chocolate and cheese. The unit price is US$3.10 FOB Hong Kong with gift box packaging.

The pepper mill comes in two sizes, priced at US$1.05 or US$1.25. Gift box packaging is available. The garlic press is priced at US$0.57, with blister card.

"Although they are all new products, they have quickly become highly popular," explains Managing Director Keith Law. "This is probably because they are simple to operate, are multifunctional, have an easy-to-clean and hygienic design, and are space-saving."

Mr Law adds that although the design approach is simple, the outlook is modern and the items are easy to match and coordinate with other kitchenware and tableware.

"We are a one-stop solution for developing buyers' needs and customised concepts," he insists. "Our strong technical experience and R&D department enables us to offer efficient and full-fledged OEM and ODM services."

Good Time's main customers are worldwide famous brands, including designer-label stores. "We expect the biggest growth this year to come from Europe," says Mr Law.

Clearly, in terms of plastic houseware, Hong Kong has everything and more to offer - or can design it for you.

TEXT BY VICKI WILLIAMS

FAST FACTS

 

Good Time Industries Co Ltd
Flat G, 11/F
Wong King Ind Bldg
2 Tai Yau St
San Po Kong, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2320-6271
Fax: 852-2328-2331
Email:
gtind@netvigator.com
Web: www.goodtime-ind.com
www.sourcing.tdctrade.com/goodtime
Year Established: 1969
Major Product Categories: plastic & stainless steel household & kitchen products
Brands & Certificates: red dot design award winner 2003
Minimum Order: 5,000 pieces
Monthly Production Capacity: 600,000 pieces per model
Delivery Time: 30 days
Factory Size & Location: 3,000 square metres; Shenzhen
Workforce: 1,000
   
   
Goodhome Products Ltd
Flat 6, 11/F
Laurels Ind Centre
32 Tai Yau St
San Po Kong, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2328-0292
Fax: 852-2350-2555
Email:
goodhome@netvigator.com
Web: www.goodhome.com.hk
www.sourcing.tdctrade.com/goodhome
Year Established: 1992
Major Product Categories: household electrical items, beauty electrical items, plastic & stainless steel household products
Brands & Certificates: Cookwell
Minimum Order: 30 cartons or assorted items in oneTEU
Monthly Production Capacity: 360,000 pieces per item
Delivery Time: 35 days
Factory Size & Location: 120,000 square feet;
Ping Shen
Workforce: 700
   
   
Konstar Industries Ltd
Units 818-22
Metro Centre II
21 Lam Hing St
Kowloon Bay, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2798-8988
Fax: 852-2751-1212
Email:
marketing@konstar.com.hk
Web: www.konstar.com.hk
www.sourcing.tdctrade.com/konstar
Year Established: 1993
Major Product Categories: graters, grinders, slicers, food processors, mixers, choppers, mincers, juicers, salad spinners & peelers
Brands & Certificates: Konstar; ISO 9001,
HK Q-mark Council, TUV Management Services, Food Contact Approval: 2002/72
Minimum Order: 3,000-5,000 pieces
Monthly Production Capacity: -
Delivery Time: 6-8 weeks
Factory Size & Location: 20,000 square metres; Dongguan
Workforce: -
   
   
Megasii Ltd
Flat B, 6/F
Hennessy Plaza
164-166 Hennessy Rd
Wanchai
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2838-8437
Fax: 852-2768-8078
Email:
sum@megasii.com
Web: www.megasii.com
Year Established: 2002
Major Product Categories: decorative lighting, flowerpots & houseware
Brands & Certificates: -
Minimum Order: 200 (50 per colour) or one TEU
Monthly Production Capacity: -
Delivery Time: -
Factory Size & Location: 100,000 square feet; Guangzhou & Jiangmen
Workforce: -
   
   
Supreme Plastic Mfg Co Ltd
12/F
Chiap Luen Ind Bldg
30-32 Kung Yip St
Kwai Chung, New Territories
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2425-8131
Fax: 852-2420-2214
Email:
mktg@supreme.com.hk
Web: www.supreme.com.hk
Year Established: 1978
Major Product Categories: plastic & stainless steel kitchenware
Brands & Certificates: -
Minimum Order: 1,000 pieces
Monthly Production Capacity: -
Delivery Time: 1.5 months for plastic items and 2 months for stainless steel items
Factory Size & Location: 8,169 square metres; Dongguan
Workforce: 2,000
   
   
Triumph Fair Co
Rm B, 14/F
Shing Hing Commercial Bldg
21-27 Wing Kut St
Central
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2850-8707
Fax: 852-2850-8715
Email:
triumphfair@netvigator.com
Web: www.sourcing.tdctrade.com/triumphfair
Year Established: 1999
Major Product Categories: plastic clothes hangers, plastic clothes pegs
Brands & Certificates: -
Minimum Order: 1,000 dozen
Monthly Production Capacity: -
Delivery Time: 45-60 days
Factory Size & Location: 30,000 square feet; Guangdong
Workforce: 30