The Early Outsourcing Commissioned by Fowind

Between 1963 and 1965, Forward Winsome Industries Ltd received a large volume of orders. Lam thereby outsourced the sewing procedures of doll costumes. Every evening, he and his wife would take the textile to the resettlement areas such as Sham Shui Po and San Po Kong. A contractor would re-distribute the textile to the women living in the area to do home-based processing. Lam would return in a few days to collect the finished costumes and give out wages. The textile could be sent as far as to Ap Lei Chau, Sheung Shui and Fanling. The toy products of Fowind were seldom outsourced to smaller factories, however. In 1969, Lam founded a toy factory in Taiwan, which took over some of Fowind’s orders. In 1989, as it was uncertain whether the USA would sustain China’s Most Favoured Nation status, Lam invested in setting up another factory in Thailand.

Company Forward Winsome Industries Limited
Subject Industry
Duration 4m53s
Language Cantonese
Material Type
Source Hong Kong Memory Project Oral History Interview
Repository Hong Kong Memory Project
Note to Copyright Copyright owned by Hong Kong Memory Project
Accession No. LKF-FW-SEG-006
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