Nov 02, 2021 08:26 PM

Tech Insider: Xiaomi Expands Global Presence With Deal in Pakistan, Tencent to Take Stake in Japanese Publisher

An Airlink factory in Lahore, Pakistan. Photo: Airlink
An Airlink factory in Lahore, Pakistan. Photo: Airlink

Welcome to Caixin’s Tech Insider, your twice-weekly wrap on the movers, shakers and deal-makers in China’s tech scene.

Xiaomi expands presence in Pakistan with Air Link deal

In a move to boost its global presence, Xiaomi Corp. has teamed up with a subsidiary of Air Link Communication Ltd., one of Pakistan’s largest smartphone companies, to produce its mobile phones in the South Asian country, according to an exchange filing on Monday.

The two companies aim to make up to 3 million handsets per year at a manufacturing facility in the city of Lahore, which is slated to begin operating in January, the filing said.

China applies to join digital economy pact

China has applied to join (link in Chinese) the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement (DEPA), its commerce ministry said Monday, as the country’s government agencies, enterprises and organizations try to embrace digitalization to improve efficiency.

Joining DEPA will help China strengthen cooperation on the digital economy with other members of the pact and provide a boost to innovation and sustainable development, the ministry said.

DEPA, signed by Chile, New Zealand and Singapore in June 2020, is designed to facilitate digital trade, enable trusted data flows and build trust in the digital systems.

Tencent to buy stake in Japanese publisher Kadokawa

Tencent Holdings Ltd. has agreed to pay 30 billion yen ($264 million) for a 6.86% stake in Kadokawa Corp., a Japanese publisher whose intellectual property hoard extends into books, movies, anime and video games, including the rights to the critically acclaimed game “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.”

Tencent will buy 4.86 million Kadokawa shares for 6,170 yen each via its subsidiary Sixjoy Hong Kong Ltd., the Japanese company said in a stock filing Friday.

Kadokawa said that it “has decided to enter into a business alliance agreement with Tencent Group for the anime business,” according to the filing.

Logistics firm Best to sell China courier business to Indonesian rival

Chinese logistics services provider Best Inc. said Friday that it has agreed to sell its express delivery business in China to Indonesian rival J&T Express Co. Ltd. for 6.8 billion yuan ($1.1 billion).

In a statement, Best Chairman and CEO Johnny Chou said that the deal will allow his company to free up resources to focus on providing supply chain-based logistics solutions and global logistics services. He added that it will also help improve the company’s bottom line.

The deal, which is subject to certain closing conditions and regulatory approval, is expected to get wrapped up in the first quarter of next year, according to Best.

Battery-maker ProLogium raises $326 million

Taiwan’s solid-state battery-maker ProLogium Technology Co. Ltd. said last week that it has completed a $326 million funding round joined by a group of investors including New Epoch Capital and Carna Investments.

In a statement, the Taipei-based firm said that it plans to use the money to boost production capacity in Asia, Europe and the U.S. from 2023 to 2025.

Founded in 2006, ProLogium started as a battery supplier for consumer electronics manufacturers before expanding into electric-vehicle batteries. The company is considering going public, holding talks with potential advisers about possibly listing in the U.S. through a merger with a special purpose acquisition company, Bloomberg reported earlier this year.

Xiaomi’s global smartphone shipments shrink in third quarter

Xiaomi Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. were the only two of the world’s top five smartphone sellers whose global sales shrank in the third quarter of 2021, a period when total smartphone shipments fell 6.7% year-on-year to 331.2 million devices amid a global microchip shortage.

In the three months through September, Xiaomi’s global shipments dropped 4.6% year-on-year to 44.3 million units, dropping it in the ranking to the world’s No. 3 smartphone vendor, with a market share of 13.4%, according to research firm IDC.

Samsung managed to claim the top spot with a market share of 20.8% in the third quarter, even as its shipments nosedived 14.2% year-on-year to 69 million devices.

Apple, Vivo and Oppo came in second, fourth and fifth with respective market shares of 15.2%, 10.1% and 10%, according to IDC. Their shipments rose 20.8%, 5.8% and 8.6% year-on-year, respectively.

This Caixin Tech Insider was compiled by Ding Yi ( and edited by Michael Bellart ( Send us your tips and feedback.

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