3 April 2007
Earthy Issues(HKTDC Enterprise, Vol 04,2007)
|About 50% of the transparent and clear packaging products coming from Hip Lei Packaging Products Fty Ltd are made of environmentally-friendly PP and PET|
For example, internationally-recognised for its innovative, energy-saving lighting products, John Mfg Ltd casts its export network worldwide. Torches are one of its strongest lines, with more than 500 models available at unit prices ranging from US$1-30 FOB Hong Kong.
The company's hand-held rechargeable LED torch, model 8960, sells for US$5-7 each, features a hand-crank dynamo or battery operation, a rechargeable battery pack and five LEDs.
Another model is the 2830UL rechargeable emergency lantern, priced at US$7 each and recharged using the hand-crank dynamo or an AC outlet. The item also features three LEDs, automatically lights during a power failure and has a pistol-grip handle.
"The hand-crank dynamo helps save energy, and each minute of hand-cranking stores enough energy for about 10 minutes of light," says sales manager Susan Chan. "We use LEDs for the illumination as they are very long-lasting and use very little current."
Minimum order requirement is 1,000 pieces for delivery 30-45 days after order confirmation. The ISO 9001- and 9002-certified firm, which sells under its Johnlite brand, also manufactures lanterns, coolers and warmers, specialty lights and other household products.
The company has earned numerous quality and design awards in its 42-year history, and in the pipeline for introduction later this year are car-charged torches, torches with radios and hand-cranked mobile phone chargers.
Fibre-moulded food containers made of sugar cane or PLA starch are just two of the eco-oriented products from Svarko Co Ltd, which has been in business since 1989.
"These are biodegradable products," says general manager Jackson Ng. "The products are oil- and water-resistant, safe to use in microwave ovens, US Food and Drug Administration-compliant, unbleached and uncoated and sterilised with ultraviolet light."
The sugar cane fibre bowls, cups, plates, boxes, trays and lids are designed for one-time use, while those made of PLA starch can be washed and re-used up to seven times. "They're good for parties and barbecues," Ng says.
Each type sells for US$0.003 ex-factory per gram. Although the price is significantly higher than for styrofoam, Ng says the company is looking for ways to reduce the cost. "If we can increase the volume that we sell, and automate production, we can lower the price," he believes.
The company also makes PP containers priced from US$0.13-0.38 each FOB Hong Kong. Large sizes, more than 1.6 litres, are more expensive. The US, the Chinese mainland and Australia are the company's biggest export markets. "We're also hoping to sell in Europe," Ng says.
One of the largest clear packaging/transparent manufacturers in Hong Kong, Hip Lei Packaging Products Fty Ltd uses state-of-the-art technology and materials ranging from PP and PET to PVC, EVA and plastic sheeting to create packaging for personal care items, toys and clothing.
European markets are driving demand for more environmentally-friendly materials such as PP and PET. "About 50% of what we produce is made of PP and PET now. It's more expensive than PVC and EVA but certain markets require it," says merchandiser Rachel Chan.
The four-year-old OEM firm offers frosted, clear and striped PP and PET packaging with offset or silk-screen printing. Prices are calculated based on size, thickness, type of plastic and printing requirements.
Minimum order for overseas customers is 10,000 pieces, and the firm delivers in about 12 days. Major export markets for all of the company's products include the US, the UK, Germany, Australia, Japan and the mainland.
Branching out into a new line, the ISO 9001-certified firm began producing paper greeting cards in 2006. "We want to increase our production of cards and we want our customers to know that we can do any design they want," Chan adds.
Garden or private pavement lights from Express Global Ltd use stored solar power to provide aesthetic night-lighting. Customers have 20 attractive housings to choose from, made of stone materials such as granite, weather-inured metals or hard plastic. "The solar batteries can run 4-8 hours and emit one-candlelight of light," says marketing director Jeremy Ho.
The solar garden lights are priced from US$25-75 each FOB Hong Kong, and sold under the firm's EGL Energy brand name, with CE certification. A minimum order of 1,000 pieces is required, and shipments are sent 1-3 weeks after order confirmation.
Four-year-old Express Global Ltd concentrates mainly on energy-saving commercial products such as hybrid wind-solar street lighting for municipalities and wind turbines for power generation for homes and small-business users. Its primary export markets are the US, France, Nigeria, Israel and the UK. "As oil prices have gone up, so has demand for our products," Ho says.
With environmental consciousness increasing around the world, Hong Kong manufacturers are taking their design and manufacturing know-how to new levels by making products that both satisfy customer needs and help preserve the environment.
TEXT BY ANDREA PAWLYNA
Express Global Ltd
1 Tai Mong Tsai Rd
Sai Kung, New Territories
Good-In Holdings Ltd
Flat C, 19/F
288 Des Voeux Rd Central
Svarko Co Ltd
Flat E, 3/F, Blk 3
60 Hoi Yuen Rd
Kwun Tong, Kowloon