Apple to Start Local Manufacturing in India

by January 5, 2017 0 comments

According to the recent report from Reuters, Apple Inc is in talks with India’s government to explore making products locally, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, as the US firm aims to make deeper inroads in the world’s second-largest mobile-phone market by users.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is trying to boost technology manufacturing in the country through his ‘Make in India’ initiative. His government in June exempted foreign retailers for three years from a requirement to locally source 30 percent of goods sold in their stores.

The Journal said Apple, in a letter to the federal government in November, outlined manufacturing plans and asked for financial incentives.

Earlier this year in May Cook had a long discussion with the Prime Minster regarding India’s manufacturing and retail plans. Apple is looking to expand its retail presence in India and is pursuing a license to set up its own stores, which could start to open as early as next year.

According to Reuters, Indian government officials said that the nation is keen to get Apple to start making products in the country in what would be a boost for Prime Minister Modi’s “Make in India” manufacturing push.

Government representatives were not available to comment while an Apple spokesman in India did not immediately respond to an email from Reuters seeking comment.

Local manufacturing would help Apple open retail stores in the country where its iPhones account for less than 2 percent of Indian smartphones sales.

Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd (Foxconn), which makes Apple devices such as iPhones and iPads, has a manufacturing facility in southern India.

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