Wistron has begun test production of the iPhone at its plant in India. If the process goes smoothly, mass production would begin in next month. Apple supplier, Wistron, has also begun recruiting 10,000 staff for its new plant in India for the manufacturing of iPhones.
It can be speculated that as the current strict trade tariffs imposed by United States on China make it harder for Apple to continue business in China, the Cupertino tech giant might be shifting up to a fifth of iPhone production from China to India over the next 5 years. In past few months, the iPhone maker faced production difficulties in continuing operation in the country.
iPhone Production Begins in India
The New Indian Express reported that,
“Taiwan-based Wistron Infocomm Manufacturing (India) Pvt Ltd, one of the main contract manufacturers of Apple devices, is expected to start commercial production of the popular iPhone at its Narasapura plant in Kolar district in the coming days. In preparation for this, the company has already started hiring activities […]
The manufacturing facility in Kolar is expected to generate around 10,000 jobs. As per the Karnataka Industrial Policy, 70 per cent of jobs should be given to locals. Accordingly, at least 7,000 people from Karnataka are expected to get jobs here. The company is believed to have already recruited about 2,000 people so far.”
Wistron’s third Indian iPhone plant is located in Narasapura. Wistron has manufactured many iPhone models, like the iPhone SE, 6S, and 7:
“Wistron says that its third Indian iPhone plant is now ramping up for full-scale production after an earlier successful trial. Wistron was Apple’s first iPhone assembler in the country, and initially began production with the iPhone SE — still sold there — before adding the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7”
Before India became central in Apple’s production process, the tech giant used to rely on China. But due to Apple’s unstable relationship with China, the company started to rely on India as a manufacturing center. Additionally, the importance of not relying on one country for the production of the company’s smartphones was highlighted when the coronavirus hit China, and iPhone production was shut down in the country.
Wistron Selling Assembly Plants to Luxshare Precision
Last month it was reported that Wistron had agreed to sell its iPhone assembly plants in the city of Kunshan to Luxshare Precision. According to the report, “The decision [to sell the facility] is with Apple’s consent and it’s part of Apple’s plan. Later Luxshare will start to do iPhone assembly in China, while Wistron will focus on iPhone manufacturing in India.”
This acquisition could lead to Luxshare Precision in becoming a major competitor of Foxconn as it would increase the company’s share in manufacturing Apple products.