Date
20 July 2017
The bulk of smartphones sold by Xiaomi are said to be designed and manufactured by Wingtech. Photo: Bloomberg
The bulk of smartphones sold by Xiaomi are said to be designed and manufactured by Wingtech. Photo: Bloomberg

The silent manufacturers behind popular Chinese handset brands

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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CG

EJ Insight writer

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