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Top Of The Class(HKTDC Gifts, Premium & Stationery, Vol 03,2008)

Back-to-school Stationery

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P.M.P. Industrial Ltd adds vivid colour to stationery items such as this hole punch, pen stand, tape dispenser, clip holder, memo holder and stapler

Attractive and innovative stationery adds colour to the classroom and helps stimulate creativity

Long gone are the dull, dreary days when school stationery meant sheets of shiny white paper and a handful of plain lead pencils, all bundled in a simple wooden box.

Today's school children deserve and demand the very best bright, colourful stationery available in order to encourage and develop the learning process.

That's why P.M.P. Industrial Ltd takes pride in its ability to consistently innovate and introduce creative designs, as seen in its latest range of products.

The firm's most recent selection of hole punches, pen stands, tape dispensers, clip holders, memo holders and staplers has been designed to look as good as it performs, according to Marketing Manager Brian Yu.

"The design of these products incorporates clean, simple lines, resulting in modern and hip-looking stationery that is also cute and colourful," he observes, adding that the rubber coating is soft and comfortable to the touch.

The bright green stapler model POD-05, for example, that looks like a small dumb-bell not only adds a touch of colour to the classroom but also makes it fun to use and easy to find. "This stationery is designed for use in schools and offices with more creative environments," Mr Yu comments, noting that the model ORB-04 clip holder with 30 clips, which measures 6.6x6.6x7.3cm, costs US$0.92 each FOB Hong Kong.

Top tidies

Keeping all these items in one handy place is the focus of Vanker Industries Ltd, which clearly had tidy desks uppermost in mind with its Desk Top Tidy pen sets.

These are offered in different sizes and prices, with a standard set comprising 168 different pens, markers and crayons in a stylish rotating base case unit-priced at US$8.45 FOB Hong Kong.

"We can tailor-make sets of different sizes and prices to suit buyers' requirements," says Marketing Manager Rita Lam. "Some buyers may not want so many pens in a set, and we've offered sets for FOB Hong Kong US$3.00-4.50 each."

She adds that Vanker's pens can be used by children aged three years and older as they meet strict international safety standards such as EN71 parts one, two, three and nine, LHAMA ASTM D-2346 and BS7272 parts one and two. "The rotating base pen case is made of PP and also conforms with US and European environmental standards," Ms Lam adds.

Noting that it's common to find sets of 30-50 pens in PVC pouches on the market, she says that overseas buyers increasingly stress the need to reduce the amount of packaging material.

"We therefore came up with the idea of packaging the pens in a rotating base pen case as it would help to save on PVC pouches and it also looks tidier on children's desks," Ms Lam explains.

Regardless of the packaging, however, even basic items such as rulers and geometric instruments ultimately need to adapt to the stringent requirements of today's buyers.

Touch sensitive

"Whether the ruler looks and feels good to the touch are important factors in the manufacturing process and our focus is to continue to raise the quality of our products, enhance delivery efficiency and our design capabilities," says Tsun Tat Stationery Ltd Sales Manager Leo Yip.

Elegant stationery sets such as models 02007B and 2610 are designed to make learning fun and don't have to come in basic black or transparent versions. "Our rulers can be made available in any colour upon buyers' requests," adds Mr Yip.

"Our rulers and geometric templates are made of general purpose polystyrene, a plastic known for its durability, high heat grade and transparent quality."

Magic markers

Equally imaginative is Fulon Development Ltd, which has captured buyers' imaginations with an innovative range of markers and stampers offered under its Rikota brand.

The colour-changing marker model MG34-8CAY is so called because one end of the double-ended marker has a normal tip that releases coloured ink, while the other delivers white ink that changes the colour of the base ink when applied on top.

"These recently-launched markers are aimed at creative children," explains Manageress Stella Chow. "For example, if they draw a solid red heart with the marker, they can use the other end to draw flowers of a different colour inside the heart."

Fulon's other hot sellers include a creative T-shirt marker, model TS20-6CAY-2, that lets children design their own T-shirts. "When they draw on the T-shirt with this marker, all they have to do is press the design with an iron for 10-15 seconds, and this sets the colours and makes them permanent," adds Ms Chow.

Perfect pencils

However, no classroom would be complete without traditional coloured pencils and crayons, says Konwell Industries (HK) Ltd Managing Director Albert Chu. "We've been supplying the US and Europe for years, as there's really no substitute for coloured pencils and crayons for school children," he maintains.

Konwell offers packs of 12 long coloured pencils for US$0.30 per pack and similar collections of short coloured pencils for US$0.20 each, both FOB Shenzhen. "The long coloured pencils are meant for use by school children, while the packs of short coloured pencils are meant to be gift items," Mr Chu explains.

Tall or short, young or old, schoolchildren all over the world know that Hong Kong is definitely top of the class when it comes to back-to-school stationery.

TEXT BY CHIARA WONG

FAST FACTS

Evertop Enterprises Corp Ltd
Rms 2104-5
Yardley Commercial Bldg
3 Connaught Rd West
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2544-8369
Fax: 852-3475-4709
Email:
evertop@evertopltd.com
Web: evertopbag.en.alibaba.com

Year Established: 1991
Major Product Categories: school bags, travel bags, sport bags, rucksacks, cosmetic bags, computer bags, laptop bags, trolley bags and cases, cooler bags, CD holders, PP bags, PP beach mats, tarpaulin bags
Own Brands & Certificates: -
Minimum Order: 5,000-10,000 pieces
Monthly Production: -
Delivery Time: -
Factory Size & Location: Xiamen
Workforce: -

   

Fulon Development Ltd
Unit 1008
Chinachem Golden Plaza
77 Mody Rd
Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2755-7881
Fax: 852-2755-7055
Email:
enquiry@fulon.com
Web: www.fulon.com

Year Established: 1991
Major Product Categories: stationery, colour markers, erasers, highlighters, permanent markers, white board markers, color changing markers
Own Brands & Certificates: Rikota, Golden Horse; ISO 9001
Minimum Order: -
Monthly Production: -
Delivery Time: 45 days
Factory Size & Location: 12,000 square metres
Workforce: 400

   

Konwell Industries (HK) Ltd
Rm 6B
Hung Mou Ind Bldg
62 Hung To Rd
Kwun Tong, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2389-1218
Fax: 852-2389-6881
Email:
albertchu@konwellhk.com.hk

Year Established: 1997
Major Product Categories: stationery items
Own Brands & Certificates: -
Minimum Order: US$3,000
Monthly Production: 300,000 sets
Delivery Time: 45 days
Factory Size & Location: 10,000 square metres; Fuzhou
Workforce: 120

   

P.M.P. Industrial Ltd
Flat 1, 8/F
Paramount Bldg
12 Ka Yip St
Chai Wan
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2889-0983
Fax: 852-2897-2080
Email:
pmp@pmp.com.hk
Web: www.pmp.com.hk

Year Established: 1987
Major Product Categories: desk accessories, pen stands, staplers, punches, scissors, clip holders, tape dispensers, memo holders, children's stationery
Own Brands & Certificates: PMP
Minimum Order: 2,880 pieces per colour
Monthly Production: 50,000 pieces per item
Delivery Time: 45 days
Factory Size & Location: 200,000 square feet; Dongguan
Workforce: 500

   

Tsun Tat Stationery Ltd
1/F
Wing Sum Ind Bldg
2,12-14 Sam Chuk St
San Po Kong, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2320-9122
Fax: 852-2321-1466
Email:
info@tsuntat.com.hk
Web: www.tsuntat.com.hk

Year Established: 1982
Major Product Categories: back to school stationery, office supplies
Own Brands & Certificates: ISO 9001
Minimum Order: US$3,000
Monthly Production: -
Delivery Time: 45 days
Factory Size & Location: 15,000 square metres
Workforce: 500

   

Vanker Industries Ltd
Unit 905, Tower 2, Phase 1
Enterprise Square
9 Sheung Yuet Rd
Kowloon Bay, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2951-4330
Fax: 852-2951-4331
Email:
rita@vanker.com.hk
Web: www.vanker.com.hk

Year Established: 1996
Major Product Categories: markers, crayons, art sets, and other drawing accessories
Own Brands & Certificates: Vanker; ISO 9001, ICTI, BSCI, ETI
Minimum Order: US$3,000
Monthly Production: 45 billion pieces (markers)
Delivery Time: 60 days
Factory Size & Location: 30,000 square metres; Shenzhen, Dongguan
Workforce: 1,500