Chinese factories increase handset share

8 Dec 2005

Chinese phone manufacturers have increased their share of the mobile handset market, grabbing 43% of all shipments in the first ten months of 2005 compared to 38% in the first half. Asia Pulse cites government figures which show 90 million handsets sold so far this year, up 8% year-on-year, while exports topped 140 million units, up 40%. Foreign manufacturers such as Motorola, Sony Ericsson and Samsung all have handset production facilities in China and these account for the bulk of the exports. The largest locally owned producer, Ningbo Bird, exported 4.35 million handsets between January and October.