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Timepiece Parts(HKTDC Watch & Clock, Vol 01,2003)

Vol 1, 2003

Product Features
HK Enterprise Internet


Product Features

Stainless Steel Watches
Quality Time

Wooden Clocks
Artistic Wood That Also Tells Time

Timepiece Parts
Components That Keep The World On Time

Timepiece Parts

Components That Keep The World On Time

Gold White Metal Mfy Ltd specialises in elegant watchbands, including the delicate stainless steel expansion model (right) adorned with imitation jewels

Hong Kong manufacturers remain one of the world's favourite suppliers of watch components thanks to their competitive prices, high quality and abundant designs. Local component makers also often specialise in producing a wide variety of a particular part or parts, giving watch manufacturers the ability to personalise their products by selecting from an exhaustive range of existing designs or specifying their own.

Gold White Metal Mfy Ltd, founded in 1983, focuses on stainless steel watchbands and bracelets. Clients can create their own designs or choose from more than 300 existing styles, says sales and marketing manager Michael Mok, emphasising that Gold White strives to deliver products that are fashionable and high quality.

"Our ability to create appealing designs is illustrated by our growing fashion bracelet business," Mok explains, adding, "we select only Japanese stainless steel and Swarovski crystals." Although Gold White has customers all over the world, Mok says its products are "especially popular" in Europe.

Both the watchbands and bracelets are manufactured at Gold White's factory in Shenzhen on the Chinese mainland, which employs more than 250 workers and produces approximately 200,000 pieces per month. The company offers a flexible order policy, with negotiable FOB Hong Kong prices and quantities. "Delivery can normally be made in 30-40 days," Mok adds.

Although Hong Kong Watch Dial Fty has been specialising in watch dials since it began operations in 1979, it also manufactures watch cases and hands.

Production manager David Hu says the company is one of the largest watch dial manufacturers in Hong Kong, offering clients a variety of materials and designs to choose from including carbon fibre, ceramic, mother-of-pearl, lapis and abalone. "We are a leader in the production of ceramic and textured ceramic dials," Hu claims, noting that the company's diamond-studded dial requires the use of a CNC machine to meet the exacting dimensional requirements. "We can also accommodate fully customised designs and can perform 100% quality inspection if required."

Hong Kong Watch Dial Fty has a 3,000-square-metre factory in Shenzhen that currently sends most of its production to Europe, although the company has clients all over the world. Quantities and prices are negotiated on a "case-by-case basis", with delivery normally between 3-4 weeks of order confirmation.

Tai Cheong Watch Mfg Ltd, established in 1981, initially focused on stainless steel watchbands but has subsequently branched out into making bracelets and watch repair and maintenance tools. The company also uses different materials in its watchbands and bracelets, including leather and CA plastic. "We offer our clients quality, price and fast turnaround," says director Wu Gun Xiong.

Tai Cheong's 5,000-square-metre-factory in Shenzhen employs 500 workers, who produce approximately one million pieces per month at FOB Hong Kong prices ranging from US$0.20-6.00. Minimum order is normally 500 pieces, with a three-week delivery time normally required-although rush jobs can also be handled if needed. Custom designs are always welcome in addition to the wide selection of existing styles. "We will continue to evolve and add new products to satisfy the ever-changing needs of the watch industry," Wu says.

Union Energy Industries Ltd was founded in 1976 to make spring bars but has extended its product line in the past few years to include watch parts, accessories and repair and maintenance tools. "This year we expanded our parts production to include manufacture of miniature parts measuring as small as 0.18mm," manager Catherine Wong explains.

Although spring bars are almost exclusively stainless steel, Union Energy offers bars made of several different materials depending on client requirements. "Spring bars made from 316L and 316F stainless steel are available for watches that need to meet European nickel content standards, while less expensive 303 and 304 stainless steel are available for other markets," Wong notes. "We are one of the few manufacturers that offer titanium spring bars and watch parts."

Union Energy manufactures at a 10,000 square-metre-facility in Dongguan on the Chinese mainland, where 450 workers operate more than 500 machines. Output is approximately 90 million pieces per month, with minimum order sizes ranging from 1,000 pieces for standard spring bar parts to 3,000 for custom orders. FOB Hong Kong prices vary from US$1.92-282.00 per 1,000 spring bars. Parts can normally be delivered in seven days to such major markets as the mainland, Hong Kong, the US, Europe and Asia.

Union Energy plans to continue to diversify its product line as competition in spring bar manufacturing continues to increase. "Increasing sales of value-added and specialised parts are two ways in which we plan to pursue diversification," Wong confides.


Contact Details

Gold White Metal Mfy Ltd
Flat E1, 16/F, Stage 1
Tung Chun Ind Bldg
9-11 Cheung Wing Rd
Kwai Chung
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2426-6203
Fax: 852-2481-5116
Email: sales@goldwhite.com

Hong Kong Watch Dial Fty
Rm 1705, Blk C
Wah Tat Ind Bldg
8-10 Wah Sing St
Kwai Chung
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2422-8831
Fax: 852-2428-7936
Email: Info@hkwatchdial.com

Lautan Watch Co
Rm 1412
Wah Shing Centre
11-13 Shing Yip St
Kwun Tong
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2389-4202
Fax: 852-2793-0883
Email: lautan@netvigator.com

Nelson Dials Fty Ltd
Units A-D, 6/F
Wing Cheung Ind Bldg
109 How Ming St
Kwun Tong
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2790-5129
Fax: 852-2797-8536
Email: marketing@nelsondials.com.hk

Tai Cheong Watch Mfg Ltd
13/F, Blk P
Phase 2
Kwun Tong Ind Centre
460-470 Kwun Tong Rd
Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2357-4918
Fax: 852-2343-0561
Email: tcwatch@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
Email: marketing@unionenergy.com.hk

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