Sony Ericsson take majority stake in Chinese factory ...........



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Announcement of LM Ericsson Telephone company, dated June 30, 2004, regarding Sony Ericsson taking majority stake in chinese factory and creating new Development Unit in China.

Sony Ericsson takes majority stake in Chinese factory and creates new Development Unit in China - Strengthens commitment and focus in China 30 June 2004


June 30th, Beijing, China — Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB with Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications China today announced it has received approval by the Ministry of Commerce to take control of Beijing Ericsson Putian Mobile Communications Co. Ltd (BMC), a joint-venture mobile phone manufacturing facility, by raising its share holding to 51%. BMC will become an in-house manufacturing site strengthening global supply and shortening product ramp-up times. In addition, it was also announced that Sony Ericsson’s China R&D Center will expand into a global Development Unit to develop products and applications for China as well as for the global market.


Sony Ericsson China will increase its stake in BMC from 10% to 26%, while Sony Ericsson in addition will acquire a 25% equity stake in the company. These shares have been purchased from Ericsson (China) Co., Ltd. (25%) and LM Ericsson AB (16%) and mean that combined with Sony Ericsson China’s existing 10% holding in BMC, Sony Ericsson will now have a controlling 51% stake in the venture. The company will be renamed Beijing SE Putian Mobile Communications Co. Ltd. The other shareholders will continue to be China PUTIAN Co., Ltd., Nanjing Panda Electronics Co., Ltd. and Yung Shing.


“Since Sony Ericsson’s establishment in China (August, 2002), we have focused on building our presence in this competitive and strategically important market. We are committed to expanding our business in China, and will use the investment in BMC and expansion of China-based R&D activities to support growth both globally and locally”, said Miles Flint, President of Sony Ericsson.


Xing Wei, Chairman of China PUTIAN Co. Ltd. said: “We are glad to be strategic partners with Sony Ericsson and see that Sony Ericsson has become one of the fastest growing mobile phone brands in China.” China PUTIAN Co. Ltd is the second largest shareholder in BMC.


The consolidation of BMC into Sony Ericsson will simplify the company’s supply chain, generate cost efficiencies and lead to a more efficient customization process. In addition, Sony Ericsson will strengthen its global research and development capacity by expanding the China R&D Centre into a Development Unit. Development Unit China, one of four global development facilities, will have a strategic role in the design and development of products for both the Chinese and global market.

Outline of BMC Ownership Interests:


Previous ownership


New ownership

Beijing Ericsson Putian Mobile

Communication Co. Ltd


Beijing SE Putian Mobile

Communications Co. Ltd

Ericsson (China) Co., Ltd. 16%


Sony Ericsson China 26%

LM Ericsson AB 25%


Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB 25%

Sony Ericsson China 10%


China PUTIAN Co., Ltd., 27%

China PUTIAN Co., Ltd., 27%


Nanjing Panda Electronics Co., Ltd 20%

Nanjing Panda Electronics Co., Ltd 20%


Yung Shing 2%

Yung Shing 2%



Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB serves the global communications market with innovative and feature-rich mobile phones, accessories, PC-cards and M2M solutions. Established as a joint venture by Ericsson and Sony in 2001, with head quarters in London, the company employs approximately 5,000 people worldwide, including R&D sites in Europe, Japan, China and America. For more information, please visit


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Date: June 30, 2004