Foxconn, the Taiwanese maker of Apple’s iPhones, will have a new plant in India, officials said on Friday, marking another step by the US company to diversify its manufacturing outside of China.
Much of Apple’s smartphone production is in China, but tough anti-Covid policies and tensions with the US in recent years have called this model into question.
“Apple phones will soon be manufactured in the stateKarnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj S. Pommai tweeted on Friday.
“Apart from creating about 100,000 jobs, it will also create a lot of opportunities in Karnataka”, the state where the tech hub of Bangalore is located, he added.
According to local press, Foxconn Chairman Young Liu traveled to Bengaluru on Friday after meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this week.
“Our talks spanned a wide range of topics, focusing on strengthening the Indian ecosystem of technology and innovation,” Modi tweeted on Wednesday.
Liu on Thursday signed an agreement to build electronics factories in the neighboring state of Telangana that will create 100,000 jobs.
Apple and Foxconn did not respond to questions from AFP.
Foxconn, the world’s largest iPhone manufacturer, has been working for Apple in India since 2019 at its plant located in the state of Tamil Nadu.
Wistron and Pegatron are two Taiwanese companies that manufacture and assemble Apple devices in India.
Apple announced last September that it will manufacture its new iPhone 14 in India.
Despite all this, India currently accounts for less than 5% of Apple’s production chain, behind the US, China, Japan and five other countries, according to Bloomberg.
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