Hon Hai whets brand appeal with Sharp purchase

The Taiwanese manufacturer is likely to look to build international electronic appliances and devices distribution with the Japanese name.
Terry Gou, founder and group chairman, Hon Hai Precision
Terry Gou, founder and group chairman, Hon Hai Precision

The website for InFocus India, a subsidiary of Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd, boasts that its InFocus M808 handset is “the most iconic phone ever”.

It’s an ambitious claim for a mobile phone brand the vast majority of people outside of India will have never heard of.

Hon Hai, which also goes by the name Foxconn Technology Group, has two big problems its established business lines are slowing and it lacks its own household brand.

The company has made much of its fortune by making cutting-edge mobile phones at its Shenzhen-based super factories for other businesses, particularly Apple Inc. And...

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