6 July 2007
Perfect Presents(HKTDC Gifts, Premium & Stationery, Vol 03,2007)
|Wedding gifts from Thomas Crown and Associates Ltd, such as this swan heart-shaped musical jewellery box, help keep sweet memories|
No wedding large or small is complete without a huge collection of gorgeous gifts expressly designed and crafted TO celebrate the happy occasion
Wedding days are traditionally filled with happiness and tears, toasts to the bride and groom and glorious gifts that the couple will cherish for the rest of their lives.
As befits one of the world's leading gift manufacturing centres, Hong Kong companies know what it takes to create the perfect present for weddings worldwide.
Newly-weds can, for example, celebrate in style with a bit of bubbly in champagne flutes on heart-shaped stems from International Glass & Metal Mfy Ltd.
Founded in 1990, the glass and metal specialist began developing a wedding gift line two years ago that also includes candleholders, napkin rings and four-piece wedding sets. "It's been a very successful area for us," says Tian Wong, director of the OEM/ODM firm that also makes tableware and decorative items.
The champagne flutes are available in 10 different designs and cost US$7-9 FOB Hong Kong per pair, while the candleholders are made of glass and zinc alloy, steel or wire and sell for US$1-3 each.
Glass-and-metal napkin rings are unit-priced at US$1, with four-piece sets consisting of two champagne flutes, candleholder and napkin ring costing US$10-15 each.
International Glass & Metal requires minimum orders of 600 pieces for each item with deliveries 35-60 days after order confirmation, depending on the quantity. "The US, Europe and Australia are our major export markets," Wong reveals, adding that revenue totals US$500m per year.
International Glass & Metal also intends to offer personalised wedding products in the future. "We plan to silk-screen the name of the bride and groom on the glassware," Wong reveals.
Other firm favourites from Hong Kong include a white porcelain ring box with satin lining that is topped by a pair of polystone swans. "It's been very popular since we introduced it last year," claims Thomas Crown and Associates Ltd director Eddie Lui.
Known for its gift and collectible items, the five-year-old company produces about 30,000 items per month at its three factories on the Chinese mainland.
About 15% of its business is devoted to wedding-related items, such as jewellery boxes, photo frames, water globes that feature a bride and groom showered with glitter, plush teddy bears and 12cm and 20cm porcelain figurines. "The figurines are our best sellers," Lui says. "We have 15 different styles, one of which is called Love Links and contains two hearts."
Prices for the firm's wedding products range from US$5-20 FOB Hong Kong per piece for minimum orders of 1,200 units delivered 90 days order confirmation.
Thomas Crown has developed a technique called Art Dolo for fragile items that combine porcelain and dolomite. "Some figurines are too thin to produce in porcelain, but this process allows the figurine to be thin, but strong," Lui explains, adding that new products include musical plush items and more glass items such as a glass vase with porcelain flowers.
Appropriately enough, Petek Co Ltd's best-selling wedding collection consists of heart-shaped silver-plated champagne flutes and goblets, jewellery boxes and candleholders. "For wedding items, we use contemporary designs that relate to the heart," says managing director Peter Kwok, adding that other offerings include chrome-plated wine stoppers and nickel-plated cake server and knife sets.
FOB Yantian prices range from US$0.50 for a small silver-plated napkin ring to US$4-5 for a silver-plated cake server and knife set, with silver-plated items typically costing 5%-10% more than chrome or nickel-plated versions.
Wedding-related products account for 15%-20% of the 50,000 silver-plated and metal gifts and tableware items the eight-year-old OEM/ODM company produces per month.
A minimum order of 500-1,000 pieces per item is required, with a delivery time of 45 days after order confirmation. "North America and Europe are our largest export markets, but we also sell to Southeast Asia," Kwok explains.
Half of Petek's monthly output carries its own Petek Gifts brand, Kwok says, adding that two new trends have been a demand for rhinestone-decorated and personalised wedding items.
"People want their names or initials on items," Kwok maintains. "We're also getting more orders for rhinestones or crystals on jewellery boxes and on the handles of cake servers."
Equally indispensable at any wedding are photographs, which more and more happy couples are preserving in heart-shaped or standard rectangular photo frames from Winson Metal Photo-Frames Ltd.
Buyers can choose from more than 300 designs in silver plate, antique pewter, antique brass, nickel plate, chrome plate or matt silver surfaces on a zinc alloy base.
"We also have two-tone enamel and metal frames," adds assistant manager Connie Kuan. "The enamel can be ordered in a range of different colours."
The 13-year-old, metal-photo-frame specialist produces 500,000 frames per month at its 320,000-square-foot, 400-worker factory in Guangdong Province on the mainland.
Minimum orders of 1,000 pieces per item with a value of least US$3,000 per shipment can be delivered to the US and Europe 40-60 days after order confirmation.
This wide range of products, prices and designs graphically illustrates why Hong Kong companies are a top choice when it comes to sourcing wedding gifts.
TEXT BY ANDREA PAWLYNA
G & B Enterprise Asia Ltd
Units 05-06, 30/F
69 Jervois St
Glory Moon Greeting Cards Co Ltd
8/F, Hope Sea Ind Centre
26 Lam Hing St
Kowloon Bay, Kowloon
International Glass & Metal Mfy Ltd
Goodharvest Ind Bldg
9 Tsun Wen Rd
Tuen Mun, New Territories
Petek Co Ltd
Units 1907-08, Tower A
63 Wo Yi Hop Rd
Kwai Chung, New Territories
Winson Metal Photo-Frames Ltd
Well Fung Ind Centre
58-76 Ta Chuen Ping St
Kwai Chung, New Territories