Factory Codes

**FACTORY CODES ON CARDBACKS:**

1. Prior to ESB 32B Backs:
No Factory Codes present.

2. 32B – 48 Backs:
Factory Codes can be present (in several places)
K (“Kader” of Hong Kong)
U (“Unitoys” of Hong Kong)
S (“Smile” of Hong Kong/Macau)


 
3. 48 – 79 Backs:
TJ (Taiwan)
TW (Taiwan,only on vehicles?)
TC (Taiwan,only on vehicles?)

HN (Hong Kong, Smile)
HT (Hong Kong, Unitoys)
HG (Hong Kong, Kader)

ME (Macau)
MC (Macau, only on vehicles???)


 
So the first letter describes the location in the ROTJ area: T=Taiwan, M=Macau and H=Hong Kong, that is for sure.
The second letter is the factory code.

PUNCH DIFFERENCES

Here is a little guide to spot those factories regarding the punch. In general Kader, Unitoys and Smile have different punches to their cardbacks.

On ESB 41D/E we have following pairs:

Compared to ROTJ 65A:

Thanks a lot to James Kenneison for the pictures and the hard work and investigation! Thanks as well to Tjeco Boonstra for the additional and helpfull pics!

ASSUMED/KNOWN FACTORIES:

“Kader Industrial Co. Ltd.” (known: “K”/”HG”)
Location Hong Kong with plants in China?? (after 83)

Established in Hong Kong in 1948, Kader celebrates 60 years as a leading plastics and toys manufacturer. Providing integrated manufacturing services and also specializing in fine scale model railroads, Kader’s products continue to delight consumers of all ages around the world.
In the 70s and 80s, business from foreign clients continued to expand, leading the Company to produce such famous products as the original Star Wars figurines, Teddy Ruxpin and Cabbage Patch Kids. The Company also started its Mainland operations, opening its first factory in the border town of Shekou in 1983.
The move allowed Kader to overcome labour supply constraints in Hong Kong, making room for further growth. Led by sons Dr. Dennis Ting (currently the non-executive Chairman of Kader Holdings Company Limited) and Mr. Kenneth Ting, the Company was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1985.

homepage: http://www.kader.com.hk/

“Uni Toys (H.K.) Limited ” (known: “U”/”HT”)
Location Hong Kong

Uni Toys is a member of Uni-Fortune Toys Group which is a toy manufacturer as well as a Hong Kong based company. We own our factories in China and all the tooling, engineering and production are integrated at our China plant. In view of our high product quality and innovation concept of product design, we are granted to work with some renowned brands for years. Apart from our own products, our expertise on product development enables us to be competent to handle with OEM projects. Our manufacturing plant has been certified with ICTI and our products are complied with ASTM and EU toys product safety requirements.

hompage: http://www.uni-toys.com

“Smile Industries Ltd.” (known: “S”/”HN”)
Location Hong Kong with plants in Macau?

Smile Industries Limited was founded by Mr. Joseph Law in 1971. Smile established her first production facility at DongGuan, China in 1980.
Smile’s Mission is to assist her clients to achieve a Competitive Advantage by Delivering Quality Products and Services of Unmatched Value.
Smile is already the leading manufacturer for LED decorative light strings in North America and Canada.
Smile’s factory at Dong Guan is called Jianda Manufacturing Company, Ltd. It is only 30 minutes north of Hong Kong by train. Total manufacturing floor space is about 2.2 million square feet. The work place is very well laid out for efficient, safe and comfortable work environment. It has dormitory space enough for nine thousand workers. And also have five family apartment buildings for it’s engineering and staff members. The number of workers on the average is about 5,000.

Infosite: https://hongkong.mingluji.com/Smile_Industries_Ltd

…still prodcues for “Lucas”:
http://de.panjiva.com/Smile-Industries-Ltd/1137634]Smile Industries Ltd, Silver Manufactory Holdings Co Ltd Unit B 7 F Reliance Mfy Bldg 24 Wong Chuk Hang Rd Aberdeen HK | Lieferverzeichnis – [Panjiva]

“Jetta Company Ltd.” (is listed in a Palitoy Far-East document)
Location Hong Kong

Established in Hong Kong in 1977.
Focus on manufacturing of toys and gifts.
[b]Started China factory from 1981[/b].
Currently one of the largest OEM toy manufacturers:
5 major plants in China
Exceeding 40,000 employees.

homepage: http://www.jetta.com.hk/

“Qualidux Ind. Co Ltd.” (proven on QC Sample)
Location Hong Kong with plants in Macau?

was founded and commenced operation in 1964 and has been one of the Hong Kong’s leading & largest plastic injection molding factory in the field of plstic toys/household goods for more than 40 years.

homepage: http://www.qualidux.com.hk/

HONG KONG, CHINA OR MACAU??:
In some cases it is difficult to say for sure. Most factories have their “headquarter” in Hong Kong. But some QC Samples show that these are additionally marked with “Macau”, whilst the vendors were/are located in HK. It is also known that round 1983 the HK factories tried to expand into China. The personnel costs were much cheaper there. So many vendors had their “headquarter” still in Hong Kong, but their plants were in China! What does that mean for the figures Coos and the cardback writings? We can asume for now that i.e. Kader (located in HK) produced some of the “raised bar China” figures and the cardbacks say: “Made in China”. I guess G.M. also lost overview pretty fast on a booming plastic industry in the beginnign of the 80s.

Many 65A “HG” have a “Made in Hong Kong” sticker covering printed “China”:

QC SAMPLES:

The samples are branded with a logo on top left corner. Here is one with additional written text: “G.M. Products (H.K.) Ltd.” =General Mills Products (Hong Kong) Limited
4-Lom

QC Sample Kader:
Rebo Band Microphones
Jann Tosh

QC Sample Smile:
AT-AT Driver
Chewbacca
2-1B
Lando Skiff Guard
Han Trench Coat
Luke Jedi Knight
Bossk

QC Sample U.I. (Unitoys?)
IG-88
Mail-In

QC Sample Qualidux:
Biker Scout

 

sources:
http://www.hktdc.com
http://www.toyshk.org
http://www.theswca.com