Apple supplier Luxshare plans share issue to fund new production lines

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Man walks past an Apple store in Taipei, Taiwan October 20, 2020. Picture taken October 20, 2020. REUTERS/Ann Wang

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BEIJING, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Luxshare Precision Industry Co Ltd (002475.SZ), an Apple Inc supplier, said on Monday it aims to raise up to 13.5 billion yuan ($2.13 billion) to fund six projects, including building a production line for wearable devices.

The company plans to issue up to 2.1 billion shares to up to 35 investors at a price that will be disclosed at a later stage, Luxshare said in a filing to the Shenzhen stock exchange.

The move came as Luxshare pushed to "improve the company's production capacity in downstream applications such as consumer electronics and smart vehicles," it said in the filing.

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The six projects included the construction of production lines of smart wearable devices, smart mobile terminal precision components, and high-voltage connection systems for new energy vehicles, according to its filing.

Founded in 2004, Luxshare has in recent years become a fast-growing supplier for Apple. It has steadily moved up the hardware giant's value chain, from making connector cables for the iPhone and Macbook to manufacturing Airpods.

In 2020 the company acquired two iPhone assembly plants from Taiwan-based Wistron Corp (3231.TW).

That move is seen by analysts as a sign of more indigenous Chinese companies making deeper inroads into Apple's supply chain.

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Reporting by Ella Cao and Meg Shen; Editing by Jan Harvey

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