To keep up with the rising demand, Xiaomi has already hinted that it is looking at manufacturing its smartphones in India. While the Chinese company has been vague in regards to a time frame, a report on Digitimes claims that manufacturing could start this year itself.
The publication claims that Taiwan-based Inventec is looking a setting up a manufacturing plant in Chennai. Inventec happens to be a major manufacturer of Xiaomi’s products. While the publication doesn’t say what products the ODM will be manufacturing, all signs point at Xiaomi’s smartphones. As for the factory itself, Inventec could end up using Nokia’s now defunct plant at Sriperumbudur near Chennai.
Inventec is said to be looking at manufacturing at “the end of the second or beginning of the third quarter of 2015.” The manufacturing plant will also help the company meet its production demand for the next year or two.
As mentioned above, Xiaomi has been quite open about the fact that it wants to start manufacturing in India. It will not only help in meeting demands for its smartphones, but also price them even more aggressively. Xiaomi has already said that it considers India as its biggest market outside China, and in less than a year since its debut, the company has sold more than a million smartphones.
Xiaomi’s latest smartphone, the Mi 4 is set to go on sale next week, and more than 250,000 buyers have already registered for the first flash sale. Going forward, Xiaomi also plans on launching Mi.com in India, where it will sell its smartphones alongside Flipkart.