Aug 8, 2019 - Economy & Business

Chinese cellphone maker Transsion plans for Shanghai IPO

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Transsion, a Chinese mobile phone maker focused on African markets under the Tecno brand, plans to raise upwards of $426 million in a Shanghai IPO.

Why it matters: It's a reminder of how many Chinese companies have major trading partners besides the U.S., which also was reflected in last night's better-than-expected export data. Sounds obvious, but it can sometimes be lost to myopia.

The bottom line: "Transsion sold 124 million phones globally in 2018, per company data. In Africa, Transsion holds 54% of the feature phone market—through its brands Tecno, Infinix, and Itel—and in smartphone sales is second to Samsung and before Huawei, according to IDC," write TechCrunch's Jake Bright and Rita Liao.

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