Wei Yit Vacuum Flask Manufactory and Camel Brand
York Lo: Wei Yit Vacuum Flask Manufactory and Camel brand
In early April 2017, Apple Daily reported a resurgence of interest in the “Camel” brand of vacuum flasks in the local market thanks to its high quality and the interest in buying “Made in Hong Kong” products. (For those who can read Chinese, see links to below articles):
Founded in 1940 by Leung Tsoo-Hing (梁祖卿), Wei Yit Vacuum Flask Manufactory (唯一冷熱水壺廠) has been manufacturing its Camel brand of vacuum flasks in Hong Kong for over 75 years (out of Camel House at 2-20 Palm Street in Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon from 1954 to the 1980s and the New Camel House at 3 Wang Kee Street in Kowloon Bay from 1980s onwards).
The firm shipped its products across the globe and the Camel flasks were also staples in local households in the post-War years alongside Freezinhot’s Golden Coin brand (which ceased production in 1983).
Born in San Wui district in Guangdong in 1906, Leung Tsoo-hing and his father were involved in exporting vacuum flasks from HK to Penang before entering into vacuum flask production themselves by establishing Wei Yit months before the Japanese occupied HK.
After the War, he also branched out into electroplating through the acquisition of Kee Kwong, making silverware for leading restaurants in HK and hotels owned by Pan Am and also auto parts for Buick, Vauxhall and Austin. He was a director of the Chinese Manufacturers Association of HK, supervisor of the Kowloon Chamber of Commerce and committee member of the San Wui Commercial Society of HK. (Source: HK Album, 1967) He also held a number of patents for vacuum jars, mugs and related products.
1963 advert Courtesy: IDJ
For those interested in learning more about the history of the firm and the brand, Wei Yit has created a wonderful English corporate video as part of its 75th anniversary rebranding effort featuring the founder’s son Philip Leung (梁立仁) and grandson Raymond Leung recounting the history of the family business over the years:
The SCMP Magazine of 9th April 2017 noted that the company had redeveloped the Kowloon Bay factory site and opened the 185 room Camlux Hotel with “a light-industrial-chic theme to the place, with conspicuous flask motifs throughout.”
This article was first posted on 14th April 2017.
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