China Engineers Ltd, Hong Kong – 1963 supplementary information
Carles Brasó Broggi’s article China Engineers Ltd 1928 Shanghai – 1937 Hong Kong, concludes, “During the 1960s, China Engineers expanded in the Southeast Asian markets establishing one of the first spinning and dyeing industries in the Philippines as well as electrical installations for high rise buildings in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. The company also opened offices in Korea, Japan and Taiwan. They also made aluminum for buildings, elevators, parquets and other facilities. The main office of China Engineers was at the Alexandra House, in Central.”
This advert from 1963, sent by IDJ, confirms that expansion. And outlines the company’s interests in importing, contracting, exporting and manufacturing.
Companies involved in the latter are:
a) Hong Kong Knitters – ‘Easeley’ cotton and woollen knitted shirts, combed cotton underwear.
See: A History of the Wong Family Textile Business – Part Two: Life in Hong Kong
b) Hong Kong Weavers Ltd – bras, raincoats and carcoats. I vaguely remember the latter in the UK – see wikipedia below.
c) Fortuna Garments Ltd – dresses and pyjamas. I haven’t heard of this company. Was its manufacturing based in HK?
Further information about these companies would be very welcome
And d) BW Parquet (Malaya) Ltd
See: Car coats wikipedia
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