Cablegate: Extrancheck: Pre-License Check: Ka Shui Manufactory Co
DE RUEHHK #4244 3000915
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 270915Z OCT 06
FM AMCONSUL HONG KONG
TO RUCPDOC/USDOC WASHDC
INFO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 9228
RHMFIUU/HQ BICE WASHINGTON DC
UNCLAS HONG KONG 004244
USDOC FOR 532/OEA/LHINES/DFARROW
USDOC FOR 3132 FOR FCS/OIO REGIONAL DIRECTOR WILLIAM ZARIT
BICE FOR OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INVESTIGATIONS
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: BMGT BEXP HK ETRD ETTC
SUBJECT: EXTRANCHECK: PRE-LICENSE CHECK: KA SHUI MANUFACTORY CO
REF: A) USDOC 05073
1. Unauthorized disclosure of the information provided below is
prohibited by Section 12C of the Export Administration Act.
2. As per reftel A request and at the direction of the Office of
Enforcement Analysis (OEA) of the USDOC Bureau of Industry and
Security (BIS), Export Control Officer Philip Ankel (ECO), conducted
a pre-license check at Ka Shui Manufactory Co. Ltd., 3/F EW
International Tower 120 Texaco Road, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong (Ka Shui).
The purpose of the visit was to determine the suitability of Ka Shui
to be a recipient of a nanoform 00 two-axis CNC contouring machine
that is the subject of export license application D363135. The item
(ECCN 2B001) is valued at USD $237,000 and is controlled for nuclear
nonproliferation (NP) reasons. The license applicant is Precitech,
Inc. of Keene, New Hampshire (Precitech).
3. On August 25, 2006, the ECO visited Ka Shui at the address above
and met with Norman Chan, Director of Sales and Marketing and Olivia
Chan from Ka Shui's purchasing department. Ka Shui is a well-known
die casting company in Hong Kong and has been in operation since
1980 (see further information at www.kashui.com). The corporate
headquarters are located in Hong Kong although production for
various Ka Shui products presently occurs at two locations in China.
The company makes a range of products including the casings for the
IBM Thinkpad laptop computer and the exterior shell of various types
of cell phones.
4. According to Mr. Chan, the contouring machine would be used to
make lenses, principally for cell phones. Mr. Chan explained that
Ka Shui customers have indicated that they would like components
suppliers like Ka Shui to produce a greater proportion of the final
product. The contouring machine would allow Ka Shui would satisfy
this need of existing and prospective customers by, for example,
using the machine to create lenses that Ka Shui could incorporate
into the exterior shells of cell phones.
5. The actual production of the lenses is set to occur in Hong Kong
at a facility owned by Ka Shui that is not presently being used. At
the request of the ECO, Mr. Chan took the ECO to the proposed
production site, which turned out to be former offices of Ka Shui.
The proposed production site is located in an industrial building
near to Ka Shui's corporate headquarters. The site included Ka Shui
logos on the door and walls but was clearly not presently in use.
Mr. Chan stated that once he has a clearer idea when Ka Shui will
obtain the machine, he will prepare the location for use in
production of lenses (the space was modest -perhaps 500-1000 square
6. Mr. Chan stressed that he understood well the requirement that
the machine remain in Hong Kong and offered to allow the ECO to
conduct a site visit after the machine had been delivered.
7. At the time visited, Ka Shui appeared to be a suitable recipient
of the subject controlled items since it cooperated fully with the
PLC and provided substantial information on Ka Shui's proposed use
of the item in Hong Kong. In addition, Ka Shui operates a line a
business that is consistent with the potential use of the ordered
item. The ECO recommends that this PLC be classified as Favorable.