Pre-WW2 Industrialisation – products, when first manufactured and by whom

HF: The following list shows the product, date when first manufactured in Hong Kong and the company involved. The website has information about only of two of these, Leung So Kee Umbrella Factory, and  The Hong Kong Cotton- Spinning, Weaving and Dyeing Co. Ltd.

Therefore  further information about any of these companies would be welcomed.  And confirmation that they were indeed the first to manufacture the product in Hong Kong, some of them appear to be later than I would have expected.

The dates also appear to slightly differ from other sources we have. For example the image shown to accompany this article of Leung So Kee Umbrella Factory says “since 1885″ and not 1886.  And the Hong Kong Cotton- Spinning, Weaving and Dyeing Co. Ltd. was formed in 1898 not 1899.

The large range of products again demonstrates the amount of manufacturing that went on pre-WW2 in Hong Kong.

The information comes from a short but fascinating catalogue ” Made in Hong Kong…” published in 1988 by The HK Museum Of History which I believe accompanied an exhibition.  I presume it is not in print.

ProductYearCompany Name
Glassware1880Lam Wang Loong Glass Factory
Umbrellas1886Leung So Kee Umbrella Co.
Printing1888Hongkong Printing Press Ltd.
Textiles1899The Hong Kong Cotton-Spinning,Weaving and Dyeing Co.Ltd
Leather goods1900Wah Kee Leather Factory
Tobacco packaging1904Nanyang Brothers Tobacco Co. Ltd.
Cosmetics1905Kwong Sang Hong Ltd.
Wooden furniture1905You On Co.
Hosiery1908Li Man Hing Kwok Weaving &Manufacturing Co. Ltd.
Singlets, vests1908Tai Hing Knitting Factory
Baking machines1910Chun Shing Machinery Works
Firecrackers1910Kwong Man Loong FirecrackerManufacturing Co.
Hats1916China Brothers HatsManufactory Co.
Dyeing & printing1921Wing Pang Knitting Co. Ltd.
Lanterns1921Kwong Tai Loong
Canning1924Amoy Canning Corporation(HK) Ltd
Rubber Footwear1925Fung Keong Rubber Manufactory Ltd.
Rattan furniture1925Kowloon Rattan Ware Co. Ltd.
Embroidered goods1925Tai Sung Embroidery Co.
Batteries1926Wing Lok Battery Co.
Confectionary1926Garden Co. Ltd.
Wall clocks1927Nam Jam Factory
Flashlights1928Ling Nam Hardware Manufacturing Co.
Paint1932China Paint Manufacturing Co.
Aluminium ware1932Keung Wah Aluminium andEnamelware Factory
Vacuum flasks1933Tai Hing Bottle Factory
Hurricane lamps1933World Light Manufactory Ltd
Steel furniture1933Tai Ying Steel WindowManufactory Co.
Electric fans1934Ngai Sun Metal Works
Bakelite utensils1934Powell Industrial Co.
Printing machines1936Ngai Hing Machine Manufacturers
Bicycles1936Union Cycle Manufacturing Co.
Military goods1937Daiward Steel Works
Enamel ware1938I-Feng Enamelling Co (HK) Ltd
Needles1938Dah Chung Industrial Co. Ltd
Diesel trucks1938South China Iron Works Ltd.
Radios1939Premier Radio

See: Turner M, Made in Hong Kong: A History of Export Design in HK 1900-1960, HK Museum of History, Urban Council, 1988

This article was first posted on 20th May 2016.

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