Apple To Start Manufacturing iPhones In India From April
Apple’s Taiwanese manufacturing partner Wistron is setting up a plant at Peenya in Bangalore to manufacture or assemble iPhones, a report in Times of India said. Further, the report also claimed that the first round of production is all set to begin as soon as early April 2017.
Foxconn, Apple’s largest Taiwan-based OEM, earlier committed to setting up a manufacturing plant in Maharashtra. The assumption was the plant would make only Apple products. But sources say Foxconn has tied up with other players like Xiaomi and OnePlus for local manufacture and not necessarily to only make Apple products there.
Earlier this year, Apple CEO Tim Cook met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and had impressed on the need to start local manufacturing. since then Indian Government has been insisting the Cupertino-based giant to start manufacturing in India.
Local manufacturing will make Apple products cheaper as imported goods have a 12.5 per cent duty on it. This would make its products more competitive in the India market, where is already enjoys a good market share in the top-end price brackets.
Apple is also in talks with the authorities to set up and spread its own branded stores and the company is reportedly seeking permission for that as well. With Apple-branded stores, the after sale service will be drastically improved as against the service currently provided by authorised dealers.