Indian electronics industry is ready to fulfill components wish list of Apple for making iPhone in the country if the smart devices major provides purchase commitment to local firms, says industry body IESA. “If government says fall in line, industry associations are prepared to enter into agreement with Apple and say tell us what your wish list is, we will fulfill it in next 3, 6, 9 and 12 months,” India Electronics & Semiconductor Association President MN Vidyashankar told PTI. Also Read - Apple shines in June quarter, posts record sales for iPhones, Macs and iPadsAlso Read - Friendship Day gifting ideas for your young tech-savvy besties under Rs 5,000
Apple has submitted proposal for setting up single brand retail stores in the country but has sought exemption from the local sourcing norms as the US-based giant makes state-of-the-art and cutting edge technology products for which local sourcing is not possible. The Finance Ministry has rejected relaxing the 30 percent domestic sourcing norms, as sought by iPhone and iPad maker as a pre-condition for bringing in FDI to set up single-brand retail stores in the country.
However, the Ministry of Commerce has taken a line that the 30 percent local sourcing requirement can be waived off for high-end technology products and will again try for exempting Apple from this norm. If you make an exception to Apple, everybody will come and ask for similar differentiation. Such kind of request will only multiply. Any kind of dilution will adversely affect us,”Vidyashankar said.
He said that industry associations have met all concerned ministries at high level in Finance, Commerce, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotions and Communications & IT. “Industry bodies have expressed their views that there should be no dilution on this,” Vidyashankar said. He, however, said that Apple entry in India is very important for industry and country.
“Their coming is very important for us. If we can say we are supplying to Apple, all the leading players will fall in line. With China saying that they are supplying to Apple, the credibility touches sky high. We need to be almost equal to that kind of dispensation but there should be no dilution,” he said.
He said that industry can cater to need of Apple if business is assured from the iPhone maker. “If someone is heading an organisation who has 200 companies and now these 200 companies are given an order with assurance that components will be sourced from them for next three years. It can be easily done …that’s what we are looking at,” Vidyashankar said.