Total sales from China by Motorola rose 15 per cent year-on-year in 2002 to reach US$5.7bn, Bloomberg reported company president Mike Zafirovski as saying. The figure includes both domestic sales and exports. In the third quarter of 2002, Motorola sold 5.05m handsets in China, taking a 28.9 per cent market share, the largest of any single brand, according to statistics compiled by CCID Consulting, a firm controlled by the Ministry of Information Industry.
Motorola is the biggest overseas company in China. It makes handsets on its own in Tianjin and at a joint venture with Eastern Communications in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. It also makes phone switches and chips and employs around 12,000 workers in the country. In January it pledged to spend US$100m on a research and development centre in Beijing.