Chieng Han-chow (錢涵洲)– Father of the Hong Kong Plastic Industry

York Lo: For decades after the War, the plastic industry and two closely related industries – toy and artificial flower manufacturing had played an important role in the industrial growth of Hong Kong and thanks to the efforts of pioneering entrepreneurs and the hard work of an industrious labor force, Hong Kong had emerged from nothing to become a top player […]

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Dah Chung Industrial Company Ltd – manufacturer of sewing needles

HF: The following has been adapted from the company website: In 1928 Yin Chi Chung founded his hand sewing needle factory in Tsingtao, China. This was the first such company in China. By 1935 the company had attracted attention from other major suppliers of hand sewing needles in the world. Representatives of the German company William Prym GmbH came to visit the […]

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NV Hollandsche Aannemings Maatschappij (HAM) – Dutch dredging company connected to several HK projects

HF: Our piece, Dredging Marine Sand – Container Terminal 6, 1987 article, says that the dredging was undertaken by the Dutch company HAM. HAM has been involved in several Hong Kong projects including Chek Lap Kok airport, Disneyland, Container Terminals 6 + 7, Repulse Bay beach, Lamma Island Power Station, Tsing Yi Island, West Kowloon (Phase One) and the North Lantau […]

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Review of Dredging in the Netherlands, HK Report 1992 – companies involved in HK projects

HF: Our article, Dredging Marine Sand – Container Terminal 6, 1987, says that the dredging for that particular project was done by the Dutch company Hollandsche Aanneming Maatschappij, better known as HAM. HAM turns up again in the report Review of Dredging Practice in the Netherlands written by ST Gilbert and PWT To and published by the Geotechnical Engineering Office, Civil Engineering Department, Hong […]

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El Oriente – Cigar Factory and Tobacco Plantations – Manila Management Structure

Edward Schneider (great-grandson of Carl Ingenohl): El Oriente was mostly a trade name, although it did appear in various names of companies of the group associated with Carl Ingenohl’s business group. The parent company was a Swiss partnership of which Ingenohl was the General Partner (and principal partner) and that partnership owned the Hong Kong company, the Manila company (until […]

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Indo-China Steam Navigation Company – 19th century supplementary information

Stephen Davies says the basic story of ICSN is best located in the book, Beancaker to boxboat. Jardine operated ships using the Jardine Matheson house flag from pretty early on – the earliest I think I have dated seems to be from the late 1820s. From that date ships came and went, but nothing that really feels like a JM shipping line […]

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The Tien Chu (HK) Company Ltd – founded by Wu Yunchu aka P. N. Woo – “Father of Monosodium Glutamate” – initial notes

HF: The Tien Chu (H.K.) Company Ltd. was founded by Wu Yunchu (1891-1953). Wu was a chemist and industrialist  and known as the “Father of Monosodium Glutamate”. He was involved in the chemical and condiment industries in China especially I believe in Shanghai in the 1930s. York Lo says Wu Yunchu actually went by the name of “P. N. Woo” (probably due […]

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Hume Pipe Company Ltd, Australia, 1910-1990, connection to John ‘Jock’ Inglis – General Manager, Hume Pipe (Far East) Ltd, Hong Kong

HF: “In 1910 Ernest James and Walter Reginald Hume (Hume Brothers) established the Humes’ Patent Cementiron Syndicate Limited, which later became Hume Brothers Cement Iron Company Limited. Hume Brothers Cement Iron Company Limited operated factories in Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart and abroad, manufacturing centrifugally-spun reinforced concrete pipes by methods patented by Hume Brothers. Eventually Hume Brothers Cement Iron Company Limited became the […]

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Bullivant & Co, Millwall London, supplier of Taikoo Sugar Refinery’s aerial ropeway cables – additional information

Robin Selby has been researching Bullivant’s, the UK supplier of the cable used in the construction of the Taikoo Sugar’s aerial ropeway (1891-1932)… “I’m not aware of a site in Stroud as mentioned in your article, Bullivant & Co, Millwall London, supplier of Taikoo Sugar Refinery’s aerial ropeway cables, [linked below]. In 1912 Bullivant’s set up a satellite factory in Leighton […]

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Arratoon V Apcar & Company, Hongkong 1924-1933, information needed

HF: Our article, Beer in Hong Kong – Part Three – The Oriental Brewery 1908-1912, includes  “It was announced early in March 1913 that the [Imperial] brewery had been purchased:-by Mr Arratoon V Apcar of Messers Arratoon V Apcar and Co, Hongkong … on behalf of a syndicate of which Mr Apcar is a member…” I had not heard of this company before. HK […]

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