Hong Kong Toys Council (¡§HKTC¡¨), under the auspices of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries, has been dedicated for more than 20 years to promote the development of the local toy industry and safeguard its benefits via different channels. With the impacts of global economic depression, minimum wage policy in the Mainland and the enforcement of EU and US toy safety requirements in recent years, the toy industry has been facing enormous pressure in such devastating business environment. HKTC will certainly play a particularly important role and continue our efforts to reflect the views and needs of the toy industry to various local and overseas authorities through our extensive network.
With the enforcement of EU and US toy safety requirements including chemical safety requirements, limitations on conflict minerals etc., the policies have become more complicated than ever before. To provide the toy industry with more first-hand market information, updates of policies and technology upgrade, HKTC organises a variety of training, seminars and workshops. The development of Chemical Management Database (CMD) in 2011 also assists manufacturers and brands to comply the new EU toy safety directives. A refined version has been launched in early 2015 to meet with the needs of the toys industry.
Besides, the rapid growth of technology has brought impacts to the toy industry. Children tend to play with high technology products or software applications instead of traditional toys. Therefore, other than producing quality products, it is very important to promote the true ¡§value of play¡¨ to the public. The setup of Toy Museum is one of the most effective ways. HKTC devotes to organise various activities such as ¡§My Toy Design Competition¡¨ to bring in more new ideas and innovative talents to promote our industry¡¦s sustainability and the value of play.
Together with The Toys Manufacturers¡¦ Association of Hong Kong Ltd. and Hong Kong Trade Development Council, a 20-month ¡§Branding, Upgrading and Domestic Sales¡¨ project was successfully completed. During the project period, a series of seminars and workshops have been organised to help members and the industry to reach and develop distribution channels in the Mainland. HKTC will continue to work in accordance with the belief ¡§One Industry, One Mission¡¨ to bring unity to the toy industry, from retailers to brands to factories. It is our aim to develop more quality and innovative toys for consumers and strengthen Hong Kong¡¦s reputation as the ¡§World¡¦s Toy Centre¡¨ and underline our determination for industry unity.
I am honoured to be re-elected as the Chairman of Hong Kong Toys Council for the new term. I wish to express my gratitude to all previous Chairmen, Vice-Chairmen, Executive Committee members and members for their dedication and selfless contributions. The leadership of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries is also appreciated and I will make every effort to embrace the Council¡¦s mission in fostering members¡¦ interests.
At last, I ask you all to visit this website often, join our activities and foster idea exchanges to follow the latest development of the local and overseas toy industry.