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  • Foxconn Given Permission to Open New iPhone Manufacturing Plants in India


    According to a recent rumor, the Indian government has recently given Foxconn permission to open new iPhone-manufacturing plants in Maharashtra, which is a state in India’s western region that claims Mumbai as its capital. These factories would benefit from government funding which is set to bring more manufacturing companies to India. If the rumor does turn out to be true, the situation would be a win for everyone involved (Apple, Foxconn and India). Apple because they’ll get the benefits from a new foothold in the country, Foxconn because it gets a new potentially-lucrative base for manufacturing and the possibility of tax breaks from a government that is eager to do business with them, and last but not least the Indian government which benefits from major employ opportunities for its citizens.

    India’s chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis, had the following to say regarding the matter:

    India has the world’s largest number of cellphones but only 7% of these mobile handsets are manufactured in the country. The rest are imported.
    For those of you who didn’t know, Fadnavis was part of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s delegation during a recent tour of China. During his tour, Fadnavis checked out a Foxconn factory that manufactured various iPhone models (including the current-gen iPhone 6). He had the following to say regarding the matter:

    Our country is rapidly urbanizing, so our PM has unveiled his vision of making smart cities. India’s most urbanised state, Maharashtra has much to contribute to it and thus would welcome Chinese expertise and investment in this sector.
    It’s quite clear that although the Indian government’s “Make in India” initiative is based on getting any large overseas manufacturing client, Apple is likely the prime target for the country. More recently India’s Communications and IT Minister, Ravi Shanker Prasad, met with Apple’s regulatory head for Europe, Middle East, India and Africa in an effort to push for an Apple R&D facility in the country, similar to the facilities that Apple already has in the UK, China and Israel.

    We’ll have to see if the rumor turns out to be true by waiting patiently but this could be a big move for everyone involved in the deal if it comes to fruition which would be excellent for Apple.

    Source: Cult of Mac, DNAIndia, Patently Apple
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Foxconn Given Permission to Open New iPhone Manufacturing Plants in India started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. TDH Advocate's Avatar
      TDH Advocate -
      Maybe then we wouldn't see apple watch and other product shortages... Wait... Nope. Apple only cares about the money so they will continue to purposefully create a supply and demand loop without enough product to supply the ever growing demand for the product because screw the consumer.
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      Quote Originally Posted by TDH Advocate View Post
      Maybe then we wouldn't see apple watch and other product shortages... Wait... Nope. Apple only cares about the money so they will continue to purposefully create a supply and demand loop without enough product to supply the ever growing demand for the product because screw the consumer.
      I don't think you understand. The iPhone 6 launched with 9 millions preorders. Do you realize how much 9 million is? Then they spread shipments all around the world. Making that many devices doesn't just happen overnight.
    1. warisjain's Avatar
      warisjain -
      @akshay Not "India's Chief Minister", Maharashtra's Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis.
      Cheers