16 Jan 2006
Computer Bags(HKTDC Fashion - Leather Goods & Bags, Vol 01,2006)
Acca Handbags Ltd's nylon computer bags and PVC document-and-computer bags are always in great demand
They have, therefore, been quick to pick up on the latest trends such as the movement recently highlighted by the influential Travel Goods Association (TGA) in the US.
TGA notes that today's travellers are not only seeking increased comfort and convenience while travelling, they are also searching for products that offer fashion and functionality.
As a result many travel goods manufacturers are moving away from black luggage and accessories towards bright, funky colours and new materials such as micro fleece grid fabric, crinkle nylon/polyester blends and suede skin.
Among them is Acca Handbags Ltd, whose catalogue features nylon computer bags and PVC document-and-computer bags. "The nylon and PVC come from Taiwan," manager Andy Chow explains, adding that his company also makes computer bags with other materials such as PU.
The Chinese mainland and Taiwan are the main sources of materials for Acca, which was established in 1979 and currently produces about 10,000 computer bags a month at its 7,000-square-metre, 400-worker mainland factory in Dongguan.
The minimum order size is 500 units per model, delivered 30-40 days after order confirmation. "Our computer bags are priced at HK$30-80 each FOB Hong Kong," Chow says, noting that Acca's main markets are European countries such as Germany and the UK.
A supplier with a slightly different focus is Grand Supersac Co Ltd, which has launched a range of black computer bags made with 1680D double-twist polyester from Korea.
"This is a very tough, high-end material," claims managing director Grand Lee, explaining that as a result these items carry unit prices of about US$6.80-7.00 FOB Hong Kong.
To add colour to its collection, the seven-year-old manufacturer has also created jean-blue backpacks in Gucci-polyester from Korea. "The backpacks can be used to hold computers as the material is tough," Lee insists.
"The jean-blue colour is hot now but the price depends on the complexity of the design - for example, a model with many compartments may sell for approximately US$7 FOB Hong Kong."
Other Grand Supersac computer bags come in crinkle nylon. "This material is starting to become popular," Lee maintains, adding that the firm also sources materials from Taiwan and the mainland.
Grand Supersac's 450-worker factory in Zhongshan on the mainland boasts a monthly production capacity of 100,000 computer bags, which are available in minimum orders of 500 units per style per colour at 55-65 day lead times. "Our Supersac-brand bags are popular in the US, Mexico, Turkey, Europe, Chile, the UAE and the Philippines," Lee adds.
Still more colour choices are provided by Kam Yuen Industrial (Int'l) Co Ltd, which offers blue-grey computer briefcases in rip-stop nylon at US$6.50-6.85 each and green versions in dobby nylon at US$8.10-8.45 per item.
Kam Yuen, which has more than 15 years' experience producing bags, also manufactures computer briefcases in 420D nylon twill, which are priced at US$4.90-5.50 each. All prices are FOB Hong Kong.
Manager Victor Chan explains that the nylon and PVC, which the company also uses in its computer bags, come from Taiwan, the mainland and Korea.
"Our monthly capacity for computer bags is about 100,000 units, depending on the designs," he says. "Our factory in Shenzhen on the mainland has a production area of 6,000 square metres and employs 300-400 workers."
Minimum order sizes of 500 units are usually delivered 30-60 days after confirmation, varying with the quantity. "We export mostly to Europe, which accounts for about 60%-70 % of our sales," Chan adds, "but also supply other major markets including the US, Australia and Malaysia."
Top-quality computer briefcases are a specialty of aptly-named Nam Wah Travel Products Mfy Ltd. "These computer bags are multifunctional and can double as briefcases or travel bags," sales manager Poly Chan claims.
Made with high-density polyester from Taiwan, they are available in black or other colours such as blue. "Prices range from US$8-12 each FOB Hong Kong," Chan notes.
Nam Wah's 60,000-square-foot Shenzhen factory is staffed by 800 workers, who can produce some 10,000 computer bags a month for discerning consumers in markets such as Europe.
"Europe contributes about 80% of our sales," Chan says, nothing that other key markets include the US and Japan. "We make mainly high-end, high-quality products, which appeal to Europeans."
Mainly an OEM manufacturer, Nam Wah's products appear under the 4 You, Scout and Sanrio brand names and are available in minimum orders of 1,000 units per colour per style delivered 60-75 days after order confirmation.
These few examples of the legion of suppliers offering quality computer bags at competitive prices prove that it doesn't take a computer to work out the benefits to buyers when sourcing in Hong Kong.
WRITTEN BY LIZA LEE
Grand Supersac Co Ltd
Units 5-6, 29/F
Laws Commercial Plaza
788 Cheung Sha Wan Rd
Cheung Sha Wan, Kowloon
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Unit 2, 17/F
2 On Yiu St
Sha Tin, New Territories