Lok On Pai “desalting” plant, 1975-1981

HF: Desalination (or “Desalting” as it appeared to be called at that time)  was a source of water in Hong Kong between 1975 and 1981. A large desalination plant was commissioned at Lok On Pai, near Tuen Mun, in 1975, but was decommissioned  in 1981 because its operation was more expensive than importing water from Dongjiang in China. A Water Supplies […]

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Wan Hin & Co (德榮建築) a.k.a. Tak Wing Construction

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York Lo: Wan Hin & Co (德榮建築) a.k.a. Tak Wing Construction Left: ad for Wan Hin & Co in the 1950s (HKBCA yearbook), right: ad for Wan Hin’s development Evergreen Factory Building in Chai Wan (WKYP, 1964-12-15) For the 1940s to 1990s, Wan Hin & Co (or “Tak Wing Construction” in Chinese) was one of the leading building contractors in […]

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Hong Kong Hide & Leather Companies – initial notes about this industry

Kwong Fat Yuen Hong C Image 1 York Lo The 150 Year Old King Of Leather

The Hong Kong Hide & Leather Traders’ Association Ltd website suggests there are around 60 Hong Kong companies currently involved in this industry. We have two articles concerning this trade both written by York Lo. * Tung Mow Hides & Leather Factory(同茂皮廠) – pioneer of the HK leather industry * Kwong Fat Yuen Hong (廣發源行) – the 150 year old King […]

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Hong Kong Industry during World War One

HF:  This is an initial attempt to analyse the impact of World War One on industry in Hong Kong. HF: May 2019 I have not been able to research further on the topic since originally posting this article in September 2015 and would be grateful if someone could poke around a bit and send in more information/images on the subject. […]

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Oriental Pacific Mills (東亞太平) – the Largest Wool Textile Producer in HK

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York Lo: Oriental Pacific Mills (東亞太平) – the Largest Wool Textile Producer in HK Left: Oriental Pacific Mills at Sheung Kwai Chung in 1966 (Land Use Survey, HKU Libraries); Right: logo of Oriental Pacific Mills Oriental Pacific Mills (refer to as “OP”) was the largest worsted and woolen spinning group in HK which was formed in 1959 as the result […]

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Ann Tse-kai Hong Kong industrialist, established Winsor Industrial Ltd textile manufacturing

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HF: The following article about Ann Tse-kai was written by Liu Oi Yan and first  published in the Dictionary of Hong Kong Biography, edited by May Holdsworth and Christopher Munn. The publisher, HK University Press, has kindly granted permission for it to be posted here, but retains copyright over this material from 2012. Our article was first posted on 10th April 2019. […]

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The Hongkong Engineering & Construction Company Ltd 1922-1993

The Hongkong Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd. (HKECC) was founded in Hong Kong in 1922. Clement Cheung, Manager – Archives and Records at the HK Heritage Project has given permission for the following information to be posted here: During its early years, the company was a civil contractor undertaking building, foundation and government works projects. In 1923, HKECC acquired the sole […]

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Lucky Plastic Factory (好彩塑膠廠)

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York Lo: Lucky Plastic Factory (好彩塑膠廠) Article about Lucky Plastic Factory in 1959 (WKYP, 1959-12-31) Earlier on the website, we covered plastic industry pioneers such as Chieng Han-chow of China Plastic and Wah Sun Hong, H.C. Ting of Kader Industrial and Shen Bing-su of Yee Sing Industrial who came from the North. Many pioneers of the HK plastic industry, however, […]

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Hong Kong Cement Manufacturing (香港水泥)

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York Lo: Hong Kong Cement Manufacturing (香港水泥) Left: present day HK Cement plant at Ngau Kok Wan in Tsing Yi; Right: The original HK Cement plant in Tsing Leng Tsui in Tsing Yi looking in from Tsing Yi Bay Established in 1962 by the principals of Taiwanese cement industry leader Taiwan Cement Corporation (台灣水泥, TCC) and connected businessmen, Hong Kong […]

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Triangle Motors (合眾汽車) – from Shanghai to HK and from Opel to Isuzu

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York Lo: Triangle Motors (合眾汽車) – from Shanghai to HK and from Opel to Isuzu Leon Zigal and the first Opel in Hong Kong (Eagles and Dragons) Founded in Shanghai in 1931 by Leon Zigal (1900-1962) and relocated to HK in the late 1940s, Triangle Motors has been an important player in the distribution of automobiles and trucks in HK and […]

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