Apple long term iPhone assembly partner, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., trading as Foxconn Technology Group, will begin iPhone 13’s production at its Indian facility in February 2022. Economic Daily reports that the manufacturer has begun iPhone 13 trial production at its factory in Chennai.
Reuters reports that the Foxconn factory in Chennai, India is currently shut down for the week due to a food poisoning incident that left 150 employees hospitalized. This has led to protests, bringing production at the factory to a complete halt this week. However, it is being said that the impact on Apple will be minimum as this is a “lean period”.
When former U.S President Donald Trump imposed heavier tariffs on China, Apple began to shift its production units to other countries like Vietnam, Malaysia, and India which are ideal because of cheaper operational costs. And in 2020, Foxconn began production of iPhone SE and iPhone 12 in India for the local market. Now, the new iPhone models will be produced in the country for local and overseas markets.
Apple to produce 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch iPhone 13 models only in India
According to the report, mass production will begin in February 2022 for local and overseas markets. But only base models of the latest series will be produced in India because Pro models are not as popular as the 5.4-inch mini and 6.1-inch models.
The iPhone 13 series was launched in India in September this year. Among them, the iPhone 13 models sold more than the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max. This is one of the reasons why Apple does not plan to produce high-end iPhone 13 models in India.
Industry executives pointed out that the iPhone 13 produced in India will help Apple improve the supply of the machine in the global market, because 20-30% of the iPhone 13 produced in India is usually exported. – Economic Daily
In September it was reported that the tech giant is in talks with Indian companies to manufacture iPhone parts locally. Tata Electronics, a sub-group of India’s biggest multinational group of industries Tata, was allegedly to produce components at its facility in Tamil Nadu. The deal was said to deepen Apple’s ties with India and generate a bigger demand for “Made in India” iPhones.
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