26 June 2008
Top Of The Class(HKTDC Gifts, Premium & Stationery, Vol 03,2008)
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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