Oz Phone Suppliers Look To Dump Chinese Manufacturing, Move To Vietnam
Vietnam’s largest conglomerate Vingroup, who are currently in discussions with several consumer electronics distributors in Australia, have won a massive US mobile phone deal with AT&T. The move comes as consumers look to buy products not made in China.
ChannelNews is aware that the Vingroup is in discussions with two smartphone manufacturers in Australia who want to switch away from manufacturing products in China.
Recently the Vietnamese company met with one Australian company who is a major supplier of mobile phones to Australian carriers.
Vingroup is expected to produce a total of up to 2 million units of four 4G-compatible smartphone models under an original equipment manufacturer deal.
Some handsets have already been shipped.
“This is an important step to supplying our own products to the U.S. market,” said Le Thi Thu Thuy, chief of Vingroup’s smartphone producing unit VinSmart. The subsidiary plans to soon start selling 5G-compatible smartphones in Vietnam and aims to begin offering them in the U.S. next year.
The group began producing smartphones in 2018. VinSmart operates a plant in Hanoi and has an annual production capacity of about 125 million units. Its phones are currently sold in Vietnam, Russia, Myanmar, and Spain.
VinSmart controlled 11% of the Vietnamese smartphone market in the April-June quarter, according to Singaporean research company Canalys. It ranked fourth, after Samsung Electronics, Oppo and Vivo.