21 Jan 2005
Wheeled Luggage(HKTDC Fashion - Leather Goods & Bags, Vol 01,2005)
"We use aluminium as we believe it provides durable and attractive wheeled luggage that stands out from the majority of bags, which are predominately made from nylon," sales manager S.F. Yeung confides. "Our aluminium cases come in any style, colour or size and are tailor-made to meet customers' needs."
She adds that the company's 10-plus R&D team in Hong Kong and on the Chinese mainland produces more than 100 new designs each year to meet ever-changing market demand.
Twenty-two-year old Posez produces 150,000 "cases of all kinds" a month at its 10,000-square-foot, 500-worker mainland plant in Shenzhen, which are delivered to major markets such as Germany, the US, Spain and Japan within 45 days of order confirmation. "We have a negotiable FOB Hong Kong price and minimum order based on the model," Yeung adds.
Another company that began manufacturing camera cases is Lap Shun Mfe Co Ltd, which has branched out to create a wheeled laptop case under the Jenova brand.
"Our wheeled laptop case is made of water-resistant 600D two-tone nylon," sales manager Derick Ng explains. "It is sleek and durable with convenient storage solutions, extra padding and shock absorbing foam with separate organiser pockets and file compartments that can store a variety of related accessories such as PDAs."
The 20-year-old company manufactures its cases at an 8,000-square-metre mainland factory in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, where 600 workers produce some 200 models per month.
"Our FOB Hong Kong prices depend on the individual model but our minimum order is 300 units delivered 30-45 days after confirmation," Ng adds. "Our main markets are the mainland, Italy, Germany, France, Spain and the US."
Another company that has seen a promising future in wheeled computer bags is E N F Co Ltd, which also produces a wheeled executive bag.
E N F's 600D nylon computer bag that costs US$14.50 per unit FOB Hong Kong for a 500-piece minimum order is one of the company's hottest selling items, according to sales manager Flora Chung. "The bag not only has compartments for a computer and accessories, it also has another for clothes," she reveals.
The PVC, wheeled executive bag, meanwhile, features multiple compartments, including front pockets for easy access to documents. "It is priced at US$22 per bag FOB Hong Kong for 500-piece minimum orders," Chung adds. "Both bags can be delivered 30-35 days after order confirmation."
Seven-year-old E N F manufactures under the Novell, Paramount, Safety and Sheshido brand names and introduces three new models per year to customers in the US, Europe and Japan.
Older but equally successful is Pekhai Trading Co Ltd, which was established in 1950 and manufactures a wide range of trolley, sports, shopping, cooler, picnic and school bags.
Pehkai's wheeled luggage made from nylon and leather sourced in Taiwan, Korea, India, Brazil and Indonesia features zip pockets that enclose the trolley, large main compartments and outside storage pockets.
They are produced at an ISO 9001- and SA 8000-certified 3,000-square-metre factory in Dongguan on the southern mainland that employs 200 workers.
They produce 100,000 bags a month that are sold in leading markets such as the US, Europe, Japan and Korea. "Our wheeled bags range in price from US$6-9 per unit FOB Hong Kong for a minimum order of 250 pieces per design delivered 45 days after confirmation," general manager Andrew Lau notes.
Europe is also the main market for Manifolds Industrial Co Ltd, which manufactures an extensive range of bags under its own name as well as on OEM terms.
According to sales manager Kent Lui, one of Manifolds' most popular products is the Travel Mate selection of wheeled luggage made from waterproof cotton twill fabric. "Our luggage range is particularly popular due to the natural look and contemporary design," Lui claims.
The seven-year-old company uses cotton from Korea and Taiwanese polyester in its wheeled luggage range, which is manufactured at a 500-worker mainland plant in Guangdong Province for sale in Europe.
"We have a 1,000-unit minimum order for delivery 30-45 days after confirmation," Lui adds, noting that FOB Hong Kong prices depend on quantities.
Hang Lung (Lee's) Mfg Co Ltd also has a 1,000-piece minimum order for the wheeled bags that it has been manufacturing under the Lihoya brand since 1978.
Two of Hang Lung's more popular items are the trolley backpack and the trolley duffel bag, says marketing executive Gordon Ma.
"Both bags are made from high quality materials, with very large compartments," he notes. "The duffel has two compartments, which is unusual, while the backpack can also function as a day pack."
The backpack is priced at US$5.50 each and the duffel US$8 each FOB Hong Kong, with delivery in 45 days to Europe, the US, Asia and the Middle East.
So why not take the weight out of your buying decisions and use Hong Kong manufacturers for all your wheeled luggage needs.
WRITTEN BY VICKI WILLIAMS
Hang Lung (Lee's) Mfg
Industrial Co Ltd