Many iPhone users are probably aware that the smartphones they are using, though designed and marketed by Apple, are actually assembled by Foxconn.
But few may have heard about a group of rising Chinese contract manufacturers that are doing exactly the same thing, but for different customers.
For instance, Xiaomi’s handsets are mostly made by private company Wingtech, according to a Caixin report.
Established in 2006, Wingtech also counts Huawei, Lenovo and China Mobile as its major clients. The company is running four research centers across China.
Other major so-called original design manufacturers from China include Huaqin, Longcheer and Chino, the report said.
These contract makers usually insist on being low-profile in order not to draw attention away from their brand customers.
Interestingly, as they expand their businesses outside China, they are indirectly posing a threat to their mainland clients.
Quite a lot of emerging phone brands in Asia also count on Chinese contract makers to take care of the manufacturing part. They include the top three Indian brands – Micromax, Intex and Lava.
Ironically, these contract manufacturers that many leading Chinese smartphone brands depend on are creating some of their biggest rivals overseas.
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