14 Sept 2005
Travelmates(HKTDC Watch & Clock, Vol 04,2005)
Extensive experience enables Hong Kong watch and clock manufacturers to provide a wide range of these "travelmates" with the latest features, ensuring they are highly sought-after by business and casual travellers alike.
Take, for example, Good Fortune Electronics (HK) Ltd, which has been manufacturing movements, weather stations and a variety of metal clocks for the past 20 years.
Good Fortune's commitment to innovation is exemplified by its automatic world-time clock, which is made from zinc alloy and comes with a chrome-plate or matt-silver finish.
It is manufactured at a 1,000-square-metre, 100-worker factory in Shenzhen on the Chinese mainland that produces 20,000 automatic world-time clocks per month. "Our major markets are the US, the UK and Japan," says manager Evan Ma.
Available in minimum order quantities of 1,000 units priced at US$6.50 FOB Hong Kong per clock, the automatic world-time clocks are delivered 30 days after order confirmation.
Ma notes that Good Fortune manufactures everything from the movement to the finished product, which he believes gives his firm a big competitive advantage. "Being able to do everything gives us flexibility in regard to function and allows us to respond to customer needs for new ideas," Ma maintains.
Flexibility is also important to Bobco Technology Ltd, which manufactures electronic scales, databanks, calculators, clocks and radios and introduces a new design each month.
Typical products include an aluminium-plated, world-time travel calculator/clock that features a perpetual calendar, 12/24-hour modes, world time for 16 cities/time zones, alarm, countdown timer and eight-digit calculator.
Bobco also manufactures an LCD alarm clock that is made of ABS, comes in black or white and boasts a large display, snooze and LED backlight.
Both items are produced at a 5,000-square-foot, 100-worker factory in Dongguan on the Chinese mainland that has CE approval, says marketing manager Jameson Lam. "Our main markets are the US, the UK, Germany, Japan, Australia, and France," he adds.
The world-time travel calculator/clock is priced at US$2.20 FOB Hong Kong for a minimum order of 3,000 units, while LCD alarm clocks cost US$2.10 each FOB Hong Kong for 3,000 pieces. "We deliver four weeks after order confirmation," Lam adds, "and only need three days to produce a sample."
Slightly longer delivery is promised by Daiwa Denshi (HK) Ltd, which supplies radios, lights, light-radios, clocks and clock radios to Japan 40 days after order confirmation. "We are specialists in clock radios," claims director Mike Miyaoka, adding that the company also manufactures on an OEM basis.
Daiwa's travel clock radios, which are made of ABS, offer buyers large displays, electronic or music alarm options, and inbuilt or external antennas. "We have our own unique designs that buyers won't find anywhere else," Miyaoka claims.
The 20-year-old company manufactures 30,000 clock radios a month at a 100,000-square-foot, 100-worker plant in Hong Kong. They cost US$3.80 FOB Hong Kong each for minimum orders of 2,000 units delivered 40 days after order confirmation.
Tung Ying Industrial Co Ltd also has a minimum order of 2,000 pieces for its quartz alarm clocks, which are popular in Europe, Australia, the UK, the US, Canada and South America.
Typical of Tung Ying's extensive range is an ABS alarm clock with world time and temperature features that cost US$1.30-1.40 each FOB Hong Kong or the Chinese mainland (depending on shape).
Equally popular are the 18-year-old company's quartz alarm clocks with temperature gauges and glow-in-the-dark dials, which are also made of ABS sourced from Taiwan and cost US$1.85-1.95 each FOB Hong Kong.
"Black and white are the most popular colours, but we can make them in any colour a customer wants," says director Lau Hoi Kui. "We make our own movements and have engineers develop new and unique features, such as the temperature gauge."
Tung Ying gets its design ideas from an in-house designer as well as customer suggestions. "We introduce a new product every three months," Lau claims. "Some of our new products feature three-dimensional dials with moving parts on the dial and 24-hour clocks that have an advertising option."
All of Tung Ying's products are manufactured at a 4,800-square-metre, 200-worker factory in Shenzhen whose products are CE- approved, and which supplies minimum orders of 2,000 units 35 days after order confirmation.
Like the rest of Hong Kong's travelmates, they provide the innovative features, unique functions, fashionable designs, quality movements and materials that give consumers the time they need to focus on business.
WRITTEN BY VICKI WILLIAMS
Daiwa Denshi (HK) Ltd
Garbo Clock Industrial Ltd
Good Fortune Electronics (HK) Ltd
Tung Ying Industrial Co Ltd