Your next iPhone could be designed in California and assembled in India! Apple’s largest contract manufacturer Foxconn is looking to re-enter the country, and dna now reports that the company could set up its plant in Maharashtra. Also Read - Apple CEO Tim Cook claims iOS is more secure than Android
This news was confirmed by none other than Chief Minister of the state, Devendra Fadnavis, who recently went to China with PM Narendra Modi. On his visit there, he visited the Foxconn facility in Henan Province, and has now confirmed that Foxconn will make a ‘huge investment’ in either Pune or Aurangabad. Also Read - Apple Music Lossless, Spatial Audio features with Dolby Atmos coming soon to India
This inevitably leads to huge employment opportunities in the state, and is all a part of the new government’s effort to further its ‘Make in India’ policy, that it has heavily pitched since its campaign days. Also Read - Apple sells more iPads in early 2021 than ever, grows along with Samsung
“India has the world’s largest number of cellphones but only 7 percent of these mobile handsets are manufactured in the country. The rest are imported. Foxconn is eager to set up a complete ecosystem with (even) suppliers and not just an assembly line,” he told the publication.
Earlier there were also reports that Foxconn could set up plants in Gujarat, Noida, and also a small trial unit in Andhra Pradesh. If the discussions go through, the company could be manufacturing the upcoming iPhones in the country.
After the Nokia-Microsoft deal and the subsequent shut down of Nokia’s manufacturing plant near Chennai, Foxconn’s Indian business went for a toss and all the three plants on the Chennai-Bengaluru highway that manufactured Nokia handsets were shut down. The company faced a lot of flak from employees, who protested outside the factory for leaving them in the lurch. Around 1,700 employees were impacted by Foxconn factories shut down in December.
Now that Foxconn plans to re-enter India, it has even hired Josh Foulger, a senior Nokia executive who was also involved in setting up Nokia plant in Chennai.