Yat Ming Industrial Factory Ltd – HK toy car maker
Richard K recently left a comment under our article, Dinky Toys, made in Hong Kong by Hong Kong Industrial (HKI), which mentioned that some of the Dinky cars he had recently purchased looked similar to those made by Yat Ming.
Some initial information about Yat Ming – can anyone supply further details about this Hong Kong company?
“Yat Ming (formerly called Yatming), is a die-cast car model maker, much like Matchbox. The company is based in Hong Kong.
Yat Ming Industrial Factory Ltd was founded in 1970 by Mr. Wai Ming Lam. Yat in Chinese means “best or number one”. The Ming portion came from the founder’s “middle name”.
The company started out making muscle cars [?], European sedans, and transport trucks from the USA in the early 1970s.
In the mid 1970s, JRI. Inc. (Road Champs) purchased the tractor trailer designs from Yatming and began marketing them under the Road Champs name in the 1980s.
In the late 1990s, the company moved towards making more realistic models, and moved away from its toy-maker roots. (1)
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