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On this page, we would like to humbly share with you our knowledge on our forte with customization of Metal and Leather premium gifts. Feel free to browse through the categories below to find out more about the different materials we use for each and the manufacturing procedures and techniques we adopt.

Metal

Metal is widely used for manufacturing of premium gifts due to its durability, malleability and most importantly, the high perception of value. The malleable attribute of metal allow manufacturers like us, to mould it to almost any shape and dimension with aid of technological advances. With multiple plating options, logo embedding techniques and crystals embedding ability, metal becomes an ideal material for most when selecting premium customized gifts.

Materials

The different metal we use are characterized by their ductility, malleability, machinability, corrosion-resistance and  value.  The higher the ductility, the more strength it has. The higher the malleability, the easier to be shaped. The higher the machinability, the easier to be machined to an ideal surface finish.

Zinc Alloy

  •  High ductility and impact strength
  • Low melting point, easier to cast
  • Highly smooth surface, ease of plating and painting
  • Resistant to corrosion

Brass

  • high malleability
  • high machinability
  • unaffected by common conditions, commonly used

Iron

  • high in strength and durability
  • High malleability and machinability
  • Heavy
  • Prone to rusting if not coated/plated

Copper

  • Formable, high machinability
  • Resistant to corrosion
  • Non-magnetic

 

Titanium

  • light but strong
  • Natural shiny surface, lustrous
  • Corrosion resistant to even sea water and chlorine

 

White Gold

  • mixture of gold and a white alloy, such as Rhodium
  • Purity determined by karat
  • Exquisite Finish, Ideal for customization of jewelleries

 

Plating

Plating is essentially covering of the base metal surface. It is done for decorative purposes, enhances resistance to corrosion, reduces friction and/or improves wearability.

Nickel

Nickel is a silvery-white lustrous metal, with hint of gold. It is ductile and hard.

Low cost way of enhance a product aesthetically, completing it with a shiny surface that is low on maintenance.

Rhodium

It is a member of the Platinum group.

It is part of the noble metal and rare. Silvery white in colour and commonly mix with gold to attain white gold.

It is also highly resistant to corrosion and chemicals and does not have side-effects when worn.

Gold

Traditionally the most valuable metal since ancient times.

The most malleable metal yet the most ductile.

Natural occurring metal, fairly rare.

Highly resistant to moisture, air, or the majority of corrosive.

Manufacturing

Upon receiving the detail requirements of the customized gift from the head office, we begin our standard procedures here at the production plant. It involves Planning, Moulding, Main Production, Quality Control and Fine-Tuning.

Phase#1 – Planning

 At this initial phase, the design is examined thoroughly by our master craftsmen in order to create a piece as close to the design as possible.
They will first determine the exact dimensions using technical software and experience, also to see if the material selected was most ideal. Conclusion will be discussed with our client before proceeding.

Phase#2 – Moulding

A design will be broken up at this point in order to cast the mould. Let’s take a pair of cufflinks as an example:

This is the initial design

Moulding process will break it up to 2 parts:

So two moulds will be created and made separately.

The first piece will be fabricated by hand; the craftsmen will operate the machines manually to have the shape of the pieces made. The shapes will then have the moulding agent casted around them to form the individual moulds.

Physical sample pieces will be made at this phase for client’s confirmation.

Phase#3 – Main Production

After client’s confirmation, the remaining pieces will be produced through an assembly line system.

At the first station, the pieces are all produced using the respective moulds.

When the pieces are made, they undergo a process called Plating. In this process, the intended finishing of the pieces will be achieved, be it shiny or matt, silver, gold or black.

The intended logo/design is now being embedded on the surfaces before moving along the line to be assembled as a whole.

Once it is completed, it will follow down the line should there be customized packaging to be packed till the intended finished product.

Phase#4 – Quality Control

The finished products will undergo our quality control test. The senior master craftsman will assess each piece individually to determine if the product is up to standard. Pieces that failed this test will be sent to phase #5.

Phase #5 – Fine Tuning

Here, the pieces that failed the quality control test will be individually fine tuned in accordance to their flaws. Fine-tuned pieces will undergo quality control test again till it passes.

 

Leather

Leather is another ideal choice when it comes to production of customized premium gifts.  Its durable and flexible fabric-like characteristics allow it to be potentially take on any form and highly suitable for daily usage. Thus it is usually used to produce file folders, card holders, organizers and such.

Leather is essentially created by having raw animal skin undergo a process called Tanning, which treats the skins to be more durable and less susceptible to decomposition. Treated leather is commonly referred to as “Hide” which means animal skin treated for human usage.

Feel free to click on the links to explore the different leather we have available and how we use them for our products.

Material

In our range of leather material we can split them into two general category; Synthetic Leather and Genuine Leather.

Synthetic Leather

Within this category we can further split them into PVC Leather and PU Leather.

PVC Leather is a form of synthetic or faux leather that doesn’t require animal skin and is purely made of plastic (polyvinyl chloride).  Low price and animal-free is the main reason for its popularity.

PVC leather is thin and durable, ideal for creating basic essentials like notebooks and card holders, items subjected to high level of wear and tear.  The plastic properties of PVC leather increase the durability and prolong the usability.

PU Leather is quite commonly known as recycled leather, and is relatively friendly to the environment. When genuine leather is retrieved, the better top layers are used for traditional leather work and the remaining thin layer will be treated with Polyurethane to form PU Leather. 

The result of PU leather is an artificially consistent texture that is easily to clean and maintain. It is washable, able to dry-clean and it allows air to flow through the material.

Genuine Leather

Genuine leather will be skin attained directly from the animal with minimum treatment to be processed into hide.

There are mainly 3 types of genuine leather, starting from the top with the highest quality:
  1. Full Grain Leather

    Hides that have not been improved through means of sanding, buffing etc. to remove imperfections (natural marks) on the surface of the grain. This allows fiber strength, durability and breathability. Typically used to make furniture and footwear.


  2. Top Grain Leather

    Second highest in quality, the top grain hide has a layer separated away, making it thinner and more flexible than full-grain. Surface has been improved and added a finishing coat to give a more plastic feel with less breathability. This makes the top-grain
    hide slightly less pricey and higher resistance to stains.


  3. Corrected Grain Leather

    Slight flawed genuine leather that has artificial grain embedded on its surface. The original hide itself slight falls short of the standard have their imperfections corrected or sanded off before artificial grains are impressed on the surface followed by stain or dyes.

 

    Manufacturing

Upon receiving the detail requirements of the customized gift from the head office, we begin our standard procedures here at the production plant. It involves Planning, Pattern Making, Main Production, Quality Control and Fine-Tuning.

Phase#1 – Planning

 At this initial phase, the design is examined thoroughly by our leather craftsmen in order to create a piece as close to the design as possible.

They will first determine the exact dimensions using technical software and experience. Conclusion will be discussed with our client before proceeding.

Phase#2 – Pattern Making

At this phase, the leather craftsmen will break up the product into different parts to determine the pattern.

Let’s take a simple single card holder as an example.

Now that the design has been separated into individual pieces, measurements are taken down and the leather craftsmen will cut the material in exact sizes and assemble them by hand. The final result is inspected to ensure that it is up to standard. Amendments will be made till it is satisfactory.

A few more pieces will be made by hand and logo will be pressed. These sample pieces will then be sent to our clients for confirmation.

Phase#3 – Main Productions

Once the confirmation is received, the main production begins.

The leather cutting tool for each pattern will be moulded and attached to the cutting machine for pressing out accurate patterns. The material will also be planned and placed properly to reduce wastage.

The individual pieces will then move through an assembly line system in which they are assembled and stitched together pieces by pieces, stacking on layers as they move along.

Logo/artwork are then pressed or printed and treated to attain the intended effect.

Once it is completed, it will follow down the line should there be customized packaging to be packed till the intended finished product.

Phase#4 – Quality Control

The finished products will undergo our quality control test. The senior leather craftsman will assess each piece individually to determine if the product is up to standard. Pieces that failed this test will be sent to phase #5.

Phase #5 – Fine Tuning

Here, the pieces that failed the quality control test will be individually fine tuned in accordance to their flaws. Fine-tuned pieces will undergo quality control test again till it passes.