iPhone in India: Foxconn to manufacture smartphones in Karnataka by April 2024


Apple’s biggest supplier Foxconn will start manufacturing iPhones in the southern Indian state of Karnataka by April next year, the state government has said.

Taiwan-based Foxconn manufactures the majority of Apple’s phones. The project will create around 50,000 jobs, it said.

Last month, the company announced it had bought 1.2m sqm (13m sqft) of land near Bengaluru city in Karnataka.

Bloomberg reported Foxconn planned to invest $700m (£566m) on a new factory in the state. On Thursday, the Karnataka government said the project was valued at $1.59bn.

According to Reuters, Foxconn has set a target of manufacturing 20 million iPhones a year at the plant in Karnataka.

Apple’s decision to manufacture their flagship model in India and diversify its supply chains away from China comes as trade tensions rise between Washington and Beijing.

The company struggled to compete in the Indian market which is dominated by the much cheaper South Korean and Chinese smartphones.

Apple CEO Tim Cook was in India in April to launch the country’s first two Apple stores.


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