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BENGALURU: Apple will manufacture iPhones at a new plant in India, officials said Friday, as the US tech giant seeks to ramp up its India production and diversify away from China.

The flagship mobile’s global supply chain is based mainly in China, where strict Covid policies last year and ongoing diplomatic tensions with the United States have hurt production.

“Apple phones to be built in the state soon,” Karnataka state chief minister Basavaraj S Bommai tweeted on Friday.

“Apart from creating about 100,000 jobs, it will create a whole lot of opportunities for Karnataka,” he added.

Rajeev Chandrasekhar, India’s minister of state for information technology, said the proposed factory will be spread over 300 acres in the state, home to India’s tech hub Bengaluru.

The announcement came as Foxconn chairman Young Liu visited that city on Friday, according to local media, following a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier this week.

“Our discussions covered various topics aimed at enhancing India’s tech and innovation eco-system,” Modi tweeted on Wednesday.

Apple faces obstacles in move to boost India manufacturing

Liu signed an agreement on Thursday to set up electronics manufacturing facilities that would employ 100,000 in the neighbouring southern state of Telangana.

Apple and Foxconn did not respond to AFP requests for comment.

Foxconn, the world’s top iPhone assembler, has since 2019 manufactured Apple handsets in India at its plant in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

Two other Taiwanese suppliers, Wistron and Pegatron, also manufacture and assemble Apple devices in India.

Apple said last September it would manufacture its latest iPhone 14 in India, just weeks after launching the flagship model.

But the country accounts for less than five percent of Apple’s global production, according to Bloomberg, lagging behind the United States, China, Japan and five other countries.

Apple’s expanding manufacturing in India is a boost to Modi’s “Make in India” strategy under which he has urged foreign businesses to manufacture goods in the South Asian nation.


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Tulukan Mairandi Mar 03, 2023 07:52pm
While Pakistan, the promised land of Muslims of this subcontinent, is going from IMF to China to USA to UAE to Saudi begging for loans and debt relief. When will our leaders wake up
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sajid Mar 03, 2023 10:47pm
Kaash dada us din india jany wali train mein beth jaty :(
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Humayun Mar 04, 2023 03:03am
@sajid, Tou app ajj yeh nah likh rahay hotay. In whatever sorry state Pakistan is in, it is better than being a Muslim in India. If our eyes are still not open to this than indeed we are in a much worst state intellectually.
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rana amir Mar 04, 2023 05:58am
@sajid, Then what will happen the same with your family as same with indian muslim sisters, mothers and daughters. They were state sponsored gange rape with muslim and when came out from jail the get flowers
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