Xiaomi signs alliance with CK Hutchinson, owner of 3 Group

CK Hutchison Holdings (CK Hutchison) multinational conglomerate spanning over 50 countries, and global technology leader Xiaomi, announced today a global strategical alliance between them that will bring Xiaomi’s smartphones, as well as IoT and lifestyle products, to the telecom and retail divisions of CK Hutchison Group across the world.
The alliance will broaden the product range of CK Hutchison’s 3 Group and A S Watson brands as well as help accelerating Xiaomi’s international expansion.

Li Ka-shing, CK Hutchison Chairman (center back); Lei Jun, Xiaomi Founder, Chairman and CEO (left back) and Victor Li, CK Hutchison Group Co-Managing Director and Deputy Chairman witness the formation of a Global Strategic Alliance by the two companies. The is signed by Wang Xiang, Xiaomi Senior Vice President (front left) and Canning Fok, CK Hutchison Group Co-Managing Director. © CK Hutchinson.

Wang Xiang, Xiaomi Senior Vice President, said, “We are thrilled to ink this win-win partnership with CK Hutchison, which is a global leader in the retail and telecom industries. As we deepen our international footprint, we are excited to partner with CK Hutchison, which will enable us to deliver on our vision to bring innovation to everyone across the world. I believe our wide range of high-quality, well-designed products at accessible and honest pricing will be warmly welcomed by CK Hutchison’s customers.”

Canning Fok, CK Hutchison Group Co-Managing Director (left) and Wang Xiang, Xiaomi Senior Vice President tour IoT exhibits demonstrating some of Xiaomi’s products that will soon be available at certain CK Hutchison retail and telecom outlets.© CK Hutchinson.

“We are excited by this agreement with Xiaomi. With CK Hutchison’s global retail and telecom footprint, Xiaomi will have access to hundreds of millions of customers instantly,” said Canning Fok, CK Hutchison Group Co-Managing Director. “Xiaomi has high quality, well-designed products at accessible prices. We expect them to be well received by both our telecom customers and our general retail customers. This is a win-win situation for both companies.”

CK Hutchison operates over 17,700 retail and telecom stores worldwide, has close to 130 million active mobile customers and 140 million loyal retail customers.

From left: Susan Buttsworth, 3 IDO Chief Executive Officer; Kaylene Hong, Xiaomi Head of International PR; Janine Luo, Xiaomi Operation Director of Hong Kong; Richmond Li, Xiaomi Finance Vice President; Canning Fok, CK Hutchison Group Co-Managing Director; Wang Xiang, Xiaomi Senior Vice President; Dominic Lai, CK Hutchison Deputy Managing Director and A S Watson Group Managing Director; Cliff Woo, Hutchison Telecom Hong Kong Chief Executive Officer and Clarice Au, Fortress General Manager at the CK Hutchison – Xiaomi Global Strategic Alliance ceremony.© CK Hutchinson.

Xiaomi products will initially be available at 3 Group’s stores in Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Sweden and the UK and in A S Watson’s Fortress, Superdrug and Kruidvat stores in Hong Kong, Ireland, the UK and the Netherlands.

Xiaomi will also extend its collaboration with CK Hutchison’s operator channels in European markets. The agreement covers certain preferential arrangements for smartphones in the telecom markets in Denmark, Ireland and Sweden, and for Xiaomi’s “Mi Ecosystem” IoT and lifestyle products in some markets.

Image over the headline.- Li Ka-shing, CK Hutchison Chairman (right) and Lei Jun, Xiaomi Founder, Chairman and CEO, exchange views on the latest Internet-of-Things (IoT) and smartphone developments before the signing ceremony. © CK Hutchinson.

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