Hang Fung Jewellery is sponsoring the Fund Manager of the Year Awards for the first time this year. Kathy Ng, president of the Hong Kong-listed company, says Hang Fung Jewellery is a familiar name in the world of industry awards as a frequent recipient. 'We have been aware of these fund management awards for some time,'' Ms Ng says. 'We believe they are important for Hong Kong. We take this opportunity to acknowledge our corporate commitment to society. 'As one of Hong Kong's listed companies, we are pleased to support an event like this. It is a way of demonstrating our confidence in the Hong Kong financial markets in coming years.'' Ms Ng says the awards are an appropriate channel to familiarise more Hong Kong people with Hang Fung, its image and its subsidiary brands. Hang Fung Jewellery was founded in 979 and listed in 1999. A high-technology jeweller, it has developed many patented designs and techniques. The company designs, manufactures and distributes gold and precious metal jewellery, decorative items and corporate gifts for its customers worldwide. With more than 2,000 employees, Hang Fung is one of Hong Kong's biggest manufacturers of gold and other precious metals products. The company's factories, in Hong Kong and the mainland, produce more than six million pieces a year. Ms Ng says the company blends traditional craftsmanship and modern technology. Many of its innovative products are created by the in-house design division, which monitors market and consumer trends and creates more than 2,000 new designs a year. Hang Fung's mainland division has acquired ISO9001 certification, and the Hong Kong holding company is well on the way to its own ISO9000 certificate. Ms Ng says the company's products are distributed to many wholesale distributors and retail chain stores in Hong Kong and overseas, including markets in Europe, the United States, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Hang Fung entered the Guinness World Records list in 2001 with two achievements in home design: Most Expensive Bathroom and Most Expensive Toilet. Widely covered by the international media, the bathroom has 380kg of 24-carat gold and 6,200 pieces of pearl and gemstones. The toilet flushes and cleans automatically. Ms Ng says the company is proud of its design achievements, some of which are on display at its 3D-Gold Tourism Exhibition Hall in Hunghom. 'We built the most expensive bathroom and toilet based on our patented technology production methods. Many tourists visiting Hong Kong come to our exhibition hall to see the gold washroom.''