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Apple urges ambitious Chinese supplier to challenge Foxconn

Luxshare in talks to invest in metal casing supplier, paving way for iPhone foray

China's Luxshare is in talks to invest in high-quality metal casing, a move that could create a formidable alternative to Taiwan's Foxconn.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Apple has advised one of its Chinese AirPods assemblers to make a major investment in an iPhone and MacBook metal casing provider, a move the California tech titan hopes will create a formidable alternative to another of its longtime suppliers, Taiwan's Foxconn, multiple sources told the Nikkei Asian Review.

Luxshare-ICT, a fast-rising Chinese tech company known for its aggressive growth strategy, has been in talks with Catcher Technology, the world's second-largest metal casing provider, for more than a year and has recently entered a deeper round of negotiations, said one of the people who is familiar with the situation.

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