Apple’s manufacturing partner has started assembling the iPhone XR in India. The news comes from Indian IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. The company aims to cater to the local demand for the handset as well as export it to selected markets.
Additionally, R S Prasad also revealed that Salcomp, a major supplier of chargers for Apple, has acquired a closed Nokia factory near Chennai. The factory will become operational by March 2020 and require an investment of Rs 2,000 crores in five years.
The factory will be used by Salcomp to manufacture chargers for Apple and other companies. The chargers manufactured in this factory will likely also be exported to other countries. Apple could import chargers from this factory to save on the tariff that it currently has to pay on chargers imported from China.
“The big SEZ of Nokia which was closed for 10 years will get into life again. As many as 10,000 people will get jobs directly and 50,000 jobs will be generated indirectly,” Prasad said.
The first batch of ‘Make in India’ iPhone XR units had started hitting the retail stores in India last month itself. The highlight this time around is the fact that Apple also plans to export the iPhone XR units assembled here to other markets of the world.
The company has primarily relied on its extensive supply-chain network in China for this. However, the trade war between the U.S. and China has seen Apple become a casualty with increasing tariffs that have forced it to diversify its supply chain and move it out of China.[Via Times of India]