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Handsome Hanging(HKTDC Watch & Clock, Vol 03,2001)

Vol 3, 2001




Product Features
HK Enterprise Internet

PRODUCT FEATURES

Handsome Hanging
Deluxe Wall Clocks

Twists On Time
Multifunction Timepieces

Strike Up the Bands
Bands & Straps

 

Handsome Hanging

Deluxe Wall Clocks

CONSUMERS are keenly conscious of the appealing difference that deluxe wall clocks can make in terms of distinction and function wherever they appear. Hong Kong suppliers take the lead in serving overseas demand for timepieces in this popular category.

For example, Contin Ltd offers a range made with ABS. Round model CT2247 sports a triangular pattern on the rim. "The finishing is good, and the glass is convex, which makes the clock prettier," says assistant sales manager Christine Cheng.

Rectangular clock CT5023 features a silver-coloured frame. "The rims are electroplated. Both models feature a sweep movement. We make the movements ourselves," Cheng adds.

For both models, there is a wide choice of colours, including blue, orange, yellow, silver and burgundy. "We also offer a choice of hands," Cheng says. Each clock operates on a single AA battery and is priced at about US$3.20 FOB Hong Kong.

Established in 1984, Contin makes enough deluxe wall clocks to fill 2-3 FEUs each month. Minimum order is 2,000 units. Delivery takes 45 days after order confirmation.

Products designed by the company are marketed under the Contin brand. Contin also engages in OEM work, while operating three factories employing about 1,000 workers in Shanghai on the Chinese mainland.

Turning to a distinctly hi-tech look, Ansen Electronics Co has created a jumbo, LCD, thermo-hygro calendar-clock (model 0645H). "It has big digits and a perpetual calendar. It also shows temperature and humidity," says product manager Henry Siu.

Plastics and electronic components come from South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and the Chinese mainland. Powered by two AA batteries, this clock is priced at US$15 FOB Hong Kong based on an order of 1,000 clocks.

Launched in 1989, Ansen Electronics makes about 50,000 deluxe wall clocks per month. Minimum order is 1,000 units, with products delivered about 50 days after order confirmation.

Apart from selling clocks of its own design, this ISO 9001-certified company does OEM work. Its main markets are Europe, the US and Asia. The company employs 2,500 workers in its 350,000-square-foot factory in Dongguan on the Chinese mainland.

First Star (HK) Ltd supplies analog versions of its thermometer-hygrometer range, namely, a rectangular wall clock with thermometer, model F-2776R (C+T), and one with both thermometer and hygrometer, model F-2653W (C+T+H).

"These are made of wood and are multifunctional. The wood comes from the Chinese mainland. The movements are made on the mainland by Taiwanese companies," says manager Ronny Lau.

Powered by a single AA battery, each unit sells for about US$10 FOB Hong Kong. Minimum order is 500 units per model, with a lead time of 45-60 days.

Established in 1993, Five Star produces about 20,000 deluxe wooden clocks, including table and wall varieties, each month at its 20,000-square-foot mainland factory employing 100 workers. Under the Gepolo brand, it sells to Europe, the US and the Middle East.

Good-View Co highlights model WCC40B, a round, wooden clock. "The wooden frame has four silver-coloured, metal parts attached," says manager Michael Man. These use Roman numerals to indicate the three, six, nine and 12 o'clock positions. Metal dots graduate the dial.

In addition, the company produces the WCC55A, a rectangular, wooden model. "The frame features marquetry. Even the face is made of wood," Man says. Each model operates on an AA battery.

The wood comes from the US and Southeast Asia and the movements are imported from Japan. Each month, the eight-year-old company makes 35,000 deluxe wall clocks at its 30,000-square-foot, 180-worker factory on the Chinese mainland. Minimum order is 500 units, delivery takes 45-60 days, and the main markets are France, the US and South Korea.

For a more classic feel, Qiantang River Arts & Furniture Ltd sells an antique-finish range. Models CK-1007-K1-MC and CK-1004-K1-MC are reminiscent of the Renaissance era.

"They combine antique finish with classic looks. The clocks are made with polyresin and movements from the Chinese mainland," says manager Simon Chan. Each runs on an AA battery.

Created in 1983, Qiantang River Arts has its ISO 9002-certified factory in Shenzhen on the Chinese mainland. This facility measures 300,000 square feet and has 1,000 workers.

Unit prices stand at US$35-45 FOB Hong Kong. The minimum order value is US$5,000, and delivery takes 60 days. Leading markets are the US, Europe and Japan.

WRITTEN BY LIZA LEE

Contact Details

Ansen Electronics Co
Rms 73-78, 2/F
Sino Ind'l Plaza
9 Kai Cheung Rd, Kowloon Bay
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2795-9473
Fax: 852-2751-6577
E-mail: marketing@ansen.com.hk

Big Power Industries Ltd
Rm 821, 8/F
1 Hung To Rd, Kwun Tong
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2754-1515
Fax: 852-2754-4983
E-mail: bp@bigpower.com.hk

Contin Ltd
2/F, Lee Sum Bldg
23-25 Sze Mei St
San Po Kong
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2322-7326
Fax: 852-2322-1792
E-mail: contin@hkstar.com

First Star (HK) Ltd
Rm 1104, Favor Ind Centre
2-6 Kin Hong St, Kwai Chung
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2487-6861
Fax: 852-2481-7533
E-mail: firststar@firststar.com.hk

Good-View Co
Rm 1608B
Well Fung Ind Centre
58-76 Ta Chuen Ping St
Kwai Chung,
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2410-8633
Fax: 852-2418-1136
E-mail: goodvco@hkabc.net

Olmecs Int'l Co Ltd
Flat A, 9/F, CDW Bldg
388 Castle Peak Rd,Tsuen Wan
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2413-6160
Fax: 852-2413-1900
E-mail: olmecs@olmecs.com

Qiantang River Arts & Furniture Ltd
20/F, Goodwill Ind Bldg
36-44 Pak Tin Par St, Tsuen Wan
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2492-0165
Fax: 852-2411-1025
E-mail: qiantang@netvigator.com


Twists On Time

Multifunction Timepieces

ACCURATE timepieces with special functions that prove useful and fun invariably attract the attention of international buyers and consumers. Hong Kong manufacturers heed market requirements in producing a wide range of multifunction watches and clocks.

Harvest & Associates Ltd has created timepieces since 1988. Managing director Catherine Ma says the company carefully researches customer demands as part of its procedure in developing new models.

One direct result of such research is model HRCR-20, described as a "time projector with radio-controlled clock and FM-scanning radio". In some markets, the time is set automatically by receiving a radio signal, but it can be set manually.

"It first wakes you up with the radio or a buzzer. Then, as the alarm goes off, a red signal beams the time on to a wall or ceiling to reinforce the wake-up call," says Ma.

Other features include a five-minute snooze function, automatic backlight, programmable sleep timer, three-step crescendo alarm and weekday or weekend alarm options. The model sells for about US$21 FOB Hong Kong, depending on the quantity ordered.

"Another best-selling product is our golf compu-watch, popular as a promotional gift to golfers," says Ma. While an LED indicates time and date, the watch also functions as an electronic golf card. Swingers on the links can store details concerning pars, strokes and putts for up to 10 rounds.

This neat device also calculates average scores for the previous five games. Carrying the Golf-Mate brand, it costs about US$7 FOB Hong Kong for a wrist-strap version (Model H-19/STNY+CL).

Harvest serves markets in northern Europe, the US, Indonesia and Japan. Minimum order size is 3,000 pieces per model, with delivery 60 days after confirmation.

According to Mamona Enterprises Ltd manager Nicky Hong, "When choosing watches, people still like traditional watch faces. They also demand extra functions."

Mamona's dual-time watches combine an analog clock face with a digital display. Multiple functions include a daily alarm, stopwatch, electro luminescent backlight, water resistance to 30m, and calendar and day display.

Branded "Mamona", model 527-7A has a classic metal bracelet and casing, while model 10268-8A is a sporty, black, plastic design. Both cost US$7.80 FOB Hong Kong.

"These watches are very popular in South America. We also target the US, Japan and Europe," says Hong.

Mamona employs 300 workers at its 12,000-square-foot factory in Shenzhen on the Chinese mainland, where monthly production of digital and analog multifunction timepieces is 200,000 pieces.

The company emphasizes creating quality items at competitive prices and prompting customers to place repeat orders. "We also pride ourselves on swift, efficient delivery," adds Hong. Minimum order size is 500 pieces, with delivery time in 50 days.

Established 16 years ago, Grant Lloyd Audio Ltd is an experienced maker of audio and electronic products. One new creation is a water-resistant watch-radio (model GL-2008).

"This model looks like a regular digital watch, but also features an FM radio and can be used when working outdoors. It comes in fashionable black, yellow, red or transparent blue, and is great value at only US$3.30 FOB Hong Kong," says director Fanny Cheng.

The watch-radio is powered by lithium batteries and is made of quality raw materials from Japan. The radio has good FM reception with auto-scan tuning, while the watch features calendar and alarm functions.

"With this new design, we are targeting markets worldwide," says Cheng. In addition to providing its own design services, the company welcomes customers' ideas.

Production of Grant Lloyd's OEM and own-brand products takes place at its two factories on the Chinese mainland, which turn out 600,000 pieces per month. Minimum order size is 3,000 pieces, and delivery takes 35 days.

Daca Electronics Co Ltd has made timepieces since 1979. Its Mobile Phone Detech Watch alerts mobile-phone users to incoming calls via a flashing LED light on the watch face. Acting as a radio receiver, this plastic analog watch detects calls to any mobile phone within 1m. The product costs US$3.80 FOB Hong Kong.

The company produces a similar model (at US$6 FOB Hong Kong) that also vibrates when detecting mobile calls.

Featuring clear, analog faces and sporty, plastic straps, both call-detecting watches come in any colour that customers need. These products please users who carry mobile phones in handbags, says marketing manager Queeny Nam.

"These watches work for GSM, PCS and PHS mobile-phone systems, so we target European and Japanese markets," adds Nam.

Production, using materials from Japan, Taiwan and the Chinese mainland, takes place at a 3,000-square-metre factory in Shenzhen. Delivery takes 30 days. Minimum order size is 1,000 pieces.

WRITTEN BY RUTH WILLIAMS

Contact Details

Daca Electronics Co Ltd
Rms 1501-2
Kincheng Comm Bldg
412-420 Castle Peak Rd
Cheung Sha Wan
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2428-8151
Fax: 852-2480-4093
E-mail: dacaltd@netvigator.com

Fountain Industries Corp
1/F, Chiu Chun Bldg
70 Cheung Sha Wan Rd
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2776-7488
Fax: 852-2788-0675
E-mail: fountain@pacific.net.hk

Grant Lloyd Audio Ltd
9/F, Java Comm Bldg
128 Java Rd, North Point
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2565-6198
Fax: 852-2565-6427
E-mail: staff@grant.com.hk

Harvest & Associates Ltd
Unit 2608A, Well Fung Ind Centre
58-76 Ta Chuen Ping St
Kwai Chung, New Territories
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2485-2028
Fax: 852-2401-3843
E-mail: ymma@harvest.com.hk

Hua Hai (Hong Kong) Electronic Technology Co
Unit 1, 5/F, Blk 2
Tak Fung Ind Bldg
168 Texaco Rd, Tsuen Wan
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2612-0561
Fax: 852-2415-1665
E-mail: huahaihk@netvigator.com

Mamona Enterprises Ltd
Flats A9 & A11, 4/F, Blk A
Hong Kong Ind Centre
489-491 Castle Peak Rd
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2743-5316
Fax: 852-2786-2852
E-mail: manex@netvigator.com


Strike Up the Bands

Bands & Straps

TIMEPIECE professionals indulge in understatement when suggesting that production of watch bands and straps is a competitive business. Hong Kong companies are expanding their product ranges to stay ahead of rivals.

At Anson Group Ltd, a company with 30 years' experience in making straps, as well as bands and buckles, producing quality is a source of pride.

"Quality is hard to describe, but once you look at our bands it becomes plain to see," says company representative Priscilla Li. The company's main markets are Switzerland and Italy, where customers insist on high standards.

Prices are at the upper end of the scale because the company chooses to produce solid stainless-steel models, according to Li. Shown in the accompanying photograph are models M111, M318 and M627, all solid stainless-steel 316L bracelets. These are respectively priced at HK$150 (US$19.23), HK$180 (US$23.07) and HK$125 (US$16.03) FOB Hong Kong. All involve 500-item minimum orders, with delivery after 28-42 days. The buckles are butterfly and standard security.

Poised to obtain ISO 9001 certification in August, Anson Group experiments with different materials and will add aluminium buckles to its collection. Monthly production is 30,000-50,000 bands at the company's 3,000-square-metre factory employing 400 workers in Shenzhen, on the Chinese mainland.

Lap Shing Leather Watch Band Co Ltd, a 17-year-old manufacturer of leather, PVC, PU and nylon straps and key-rings, focuses on design. "Our five designers regularly go to shopping malls to gain inspiration," says marketing director Ricco Cheung.

Each month, the company produces 1.3 million pieces, many boasting wide straps and bright colours, like model X89(6)-CL2NV, a fabric strap with blue stars priced at US$0.91 FOB Hong Kong. Others include nylon models YJV(2)-U27LGN and YJV(3)-U27OR, both sporting stainless-steel buckles and priced at US$0.52 FOB Hong Kong.

Lap Shing produces about 30 new designs per year. The first four months of 2001 saw a 10% production increase at the company's 40,000-square-metre factory employing 900 workers in Shenzhen.

"We are starting to sell more leather models," says Cheung. Leather models account for 60% of production, with nylon and PVC at 20% each. By the end of this year, the leather portion may surge to 70%.

One example of leather design is model R-C35LBN, a 12mm strap for ladies' watches, which is available in crocodile or lizard leather. It features a stainless-steel buckle and is priced at US$0.97 FOB Hong Kong. Minimum order is 500 pieces, with delivery time after 30-45 days for the major markets of Europe, the US and Japan.

Ten-year-old Yan Tat Leather Watch Belt Co Ltd focuses on materials. "We go everywhere to search for the best leather. Every month we meet with different suppliers to find the best on the market," says director Man Wu. These days, Italy is the company's leading source of materials.

Designs tend to stay simple. "The trend for classic models is toward simpler styles, and we are following this," says Wu. Among 20 new designs produced annually by Yan Tat Leather's six designers, 20% are OEM models while the remaining 80% are in-house designs.

Shown are models of various colours, each priced at US$1.20 FOB Hong Kong. All feature calf leather and stainless-steel buckles (except for one with a gold-plated buckle). Minimum order is 300 pieces per size and colour, with delivery time after 21-28 days to prime markets in Europe and the US.

Total monthly production is 500,000 units at the company's 70,000-square-foot factory employing 350 workers in Dongguan, on the Chinese mainland. Production is bound to increase because Yan Tat doubled its production space by moving to a new factory nine months ago.

Twenty-three-year-old enterprise Lautan Watch Co also makes stainless-steel bands, focusing more on the market's lower end. Despite price being an issue, the company takes pride in its raw materials.

"All our stainless steel comes from Japan because that is where the best quality is," says sales manager Dauphin Wong.

Shown are models GB977, GB958B, GB951A and GB945B, all wrapped stainless-steel bands with standard security buckles, respectively priced at HK$5 (US$0.64), HK$7 (US$0.90), HK$7.50 (US$0.97) and HK$8 (US$1.03) FOB Hong Kong. Available sizes include 14, 18 and 20mm. Minimum order is 1,000 pieces, with delivery time coming after 25 days. The main markets are India, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and the US.

Designers employed by Lautan produce 20 new designs for stainless-steel bands each year, although the company recently expanded its product range to include leather and plastic bands. Now leather and plastic models account for 20% of the 250,000-band output each month at the company's 20,000-square-foot, 200-worker factory on the Chinese mainland.

WRITTEN BY TAMARA CHEUNG

Contact Details

Anson Group Ltd
Unit D, 10/F
World Tech Centre
95 How Ming St, Kwun Tong
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2345-4466
Fax: 852-2797-8409
E-mail: ansoncky@ansonband.com

Lap Shing Leather Watch Band Co Ltd
Flat D, 12/F, Blk 2
Tai Ping Ind Centre
55 Ting Kok Rd, Tai Po
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2667-2158
Fax: 852-2664-0999
E-mail: strap@lapshing.com.hk

Lautan Watch Co
Flat 12, 14/F
Wah Shing Centre
11-13 Shing Yip St, Kwun Tong
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2389-4202
Fax: 852-2793-0883
E-mail: lautan@netvigator.com

Union Energy Industries Ltd
Flat D, 18/F, Blk 1
Tai Ping Ind Centre
57 Ting Kok Rd, Tai Po
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2666-5898
Fax: 852-2666-7302
E-mail: marketing@unionenergy.com.hk

Wilson Watch Bands Co
Rm 2110, Asia Trade Centre
79 Lei Muk Rd, Kwai Chung
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2422-2820
Fax: 852-2422-2876
E-mail: wilsonwb@wilsonwb.com.hk

Yan Tat Leather Watch Belt Co Ltd
Rms 22-23, 7/F, Metro Centre 1
32 Lam Hing St, Kowloon Bay
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2753-6938
Fax: 852-2753-6963
E-mail: chita@netvigator.com

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