According to a new report by Times of India, the Taiwanese OEM maker for Apple, Wistron, is getting ready to make iPhones for the Indian market in Bengaluru (Bangalore) in the Peenya city. Sources claim that Apple is “very serious” about the assembly operation in India and the manufacture process.
Why open a facility in India? Apple is forced to pay a 12.5 percent tariff when importing units, however, if the company makes the units locally this will no longer be the case. It is said that local manufacture will aid Apple with pricing its smartphones at a more competitive price. Not to mention India is the world’s fastest growing market place.
Since the facility is four months away from fully operating, Apple has posted job listings on its website such as iPhone Operations Manager, Vendor Manager, Site Reliability Engineer, Software Engineering Lead, and more.
It should be noted that Wistron isn’t the only OEM setting up a new facility, Apple’s largest Taiwan-based OEM, Foxconn, is also setting up a manufacturing facility in India, but not necessarily for Apple. Foxconn has plans to work with companies like OnePlus and Xiaomi for local manufacture.
Earlier this year, Apple announced that it will open a design and development accelerator center in Bengaluru to help developers get familiar with the Swift program and help grow the iOS community. The design and development accelerator center is expected to open sometime early next year.
Apple setting up a manufacturing facility in India could help Apple establish retail stores to help boost sales. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook said that India is Apple’s next big market of growth for the next several years. We’ll see what the future holds for Apple as it begins its iPhone manufacturing in India.
Source: Times of India
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