Paul-Yu Industrial Corp.--Handcrafted lanterns of diversified materials

Paul-Yu's handcrafted lanterns of diversified materials.

At the 2015 Autumn edition of the Hong Kong International Lighting Fair, held Octo. 27-30, Paul-Yu Ind. Corp., reportedly the biggest manufacturer of decorative household lamps in Asia, captured the attention of visitors with its line of handcrafted decorative lanterns made of paper, solid wood, foliage, stone, rattan, seashells, copper, iron, ceramic, PVC, polyresin, glass, bamboo, fabric, cement, and other materials.

Many of the lanterns are painted with calligraphy and motifs of Chinese and Japanese origin, along with Western themes, as well as adorable, warm motifs targeted at children. This year, the company has added neon “rope light” to its product lineup.

In keeping with the green spirit, many of the lanterns displayed by Paul-Yu at the fair came with compact fluorescent and LED bulbs.

The company's lamps meet some 40 qualitative specifications and safety requirements, including CE, DB, GS, UL, PSE, SAA, and SASO, making them marketable in over 82 countries and areas including the U.S., Europe, and Japan.

Founded in 1978 in Taiwan, Paul-Yu operates five manufacturing facilities on a total of 35,000 square meters of land at the Cebu Export Processing Zone, the Philippines, and hires 2,500 workers to make all its lighting products.

Annually, the company ships about 1,500 containers of products to 70 nations, mostly in Europe and North America, under the “TAROGO” brand (derived from the name of a national park in Taiwan), with the products serving upscale markets.

According to the chief executive officer (CEO), Paul Yu, the company's sales in the U.S., the Middle East and South America have been quite good so far in 2015, albeit tepid in Europe and flat in mainland China. He expects sales in Europe to pick up in late 2016 or early 2017 along with the anticipated recovery of the European economy.