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Taiwan-based Apple supplier Catcher to sell two divisions to China's Lens for $1.4 billion

TAIPEI/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Taiwan-based Catcher Technology 2474.TW, a supplier to Apple Inc AAPL.O, has agreed to sell two units from its Lyra International division in China to Hunan-based Lens Technology Co 300433.SZ for $1.43 billion, a company filing showed.

Headquartered in Tainan, Taiwan, Catcher makes metal casings for a range of consumer electronics, including the iPhone.

Smaller iPhone assembler Wistron 3231.TW last month agreed to sell two of its factories in China to fast-rising Chinese manufacturer Luxshare Precision Industry Co 002475.SZ for 3.3 billion yuan ($477 million).

Analysts have said Chinese companies are gearing up to get into the much coveted iPhone assembly chain amid a supply chain reshuffle following the China-U.S. trade war.

Taiwanese firms currently dominate the iPhone supply chain, including Foxconn 2317.TW, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer, Pegatron 4938.TW and Wistron.

($1 = 6.9220 Chinese yuan renminbi)

Reporting by Josh Horwitz in Shanghai and Ben Blanchard in Taipei; Editing by David Goodman and Susan Fenton

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