HTC's suppliers haven't had a lot to be excited about in the last few years, at least when it comes to HTC's orders. As the Taiwanese company has continually seen their sales decline quarter after quarter. Although with the HTC 10 this year, HTC has put out a great smartphone. At least according to the reviews. Now with the rumors of HTC working with Google on their new Nexus devices, it appears that one of their suppliers, Catcher Technology, is expecting to see some strong growth in their revenue in the second half of the year. But that's not entirely due to HTC's orders.
Catcher Technology makes chassis' that are used by many companies. They will be beginning to ship notebook chassis to HP, Dell and Apple in the second half of this year, that will be used in their upcoming laptops. The company is expected to be shipping a chassis for a smartwatch in Q3 which will be stainless steel. However, Catcher's chairman Hung Shui-shu did state that it would not be the Apple Watch. That definitely peaks our interest, since we do know that HTC uses Catcher, and they have been rumored to be debuting a smartwatch, for quite a while now.
Speaking of HTC, market watchers are expecting Catcher to benefit greatly from HTC's orders, since the vendor has supposedly signed a contract with Google to design Nexus-branded handsets in the second half of the year. Catcher, of course, did not comment on HTC or their orders. As they are likely under an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) of some sort, if they are aware of HTC's plans at all.
We've heard quite a few rumors about HTC building Google's upcoming Nexus devices. Of course, nothing has been confirmed by either company. It's likely that we won't hear confirmation about this until Google actually debuts these new devices. Which we expect to happen around August or September. Seeing as that is when the final version of Android N is expected to be hitting devices. Google always debuts a new version of Android with a new set of Nexus devices. Last year, it was the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and Pixel C.