Apple Supplier Looks Set to Expand iPhone Assembly Facilities in India

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's main iPhone assembler in India is scouting for additional land in Bangalore to expand its existing facilities, according to a new report today by Bloomberg.

    Wistron executives reportedly toured the city last week and have shortlisted plots covering around 100 acres, including one plot close to the airport. The Taiwanese manufacturer may use the planned facilities to supply other brands, too, but Wistron has so far kept shtum on the matter.


    Wistron began making the iPhone SE in India in May of this year. Since that time, Apple has been seeking exemptions from the country's government that will allow it to set up more units to assemble iPhones. The company has asked state officials for a range of tax and policy changes to help build out its iPhone assembly infrastructure in India, and today's report suggests that it may have gotten its way.

    India recently ousted the U.S. to become the world's second largest smartphone market after China, according to market research conducted by industry analyst Canalys. However, Apple has so far struggled to make a significant dent, mainly because its smartphones are so much more expensive than rivals such as Oppo and Xiaomi. But also because the government levies tariffs on devices manufactured outside the country, hence Apple's eagerness to assemble more iPhones there.

    During Apple's earnings call last week, CEO Tim Cook said the company has "great momentum in India, where revenue doubled year over year". But he also said that to gain ground, Apple would have to work on many fronts.

    "It's building stores. It's building channels. It's building markets. It's building the developer ecosystem," said Cook. "It's having the right product lineup for the market. And I feel like we're making good progress there and are gaining understanding of the market, but we still have a long way to go."

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  2. kstotlani macrumors 6502a

    Oct 27, 2006
    I hope the salaries and work environment isn’t as bad as stories that come from China.
  3. Michael Scrip macrumors 603

    Mar 4, 2011
    Factory work ain't pretty in most places. :(

    But as bad as the conditions are in China... and with hundreds of people literally begging for work daily...

    ...there must not be many (or any) alternatives, right?

    I mean... if you weren't working at Foxconn... what would you be doing?

    It sounds like there's not much else.
  4. himanshumodi macrumors 6502


    May 18, 2012
    Good for us at several levels. Iphone SE is at amazing price levels for us currently. there is increasing proliferation of iPhones over the years. So apple stands to gain as much here
  5. Madhava macrumors member

    Mar 23, 2017
    If only Apple can get their stores, apple care and the monthly payment plans...
    May be I am dreaming too much.
  6. nayanbhalotia macrumors newbie


    Oct 25, 2017
    Hope this happens soon. The iPhone X costs about 1400$ in India. Seeing how the prices of iPhone SE went down drastically, i hope the prices of other devices also drop after this.
  7. jonnysods macrumors 603


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
    Tariffs on imports eh? Seems like it drives up domestic manufacturing, and it seems like manufacturing, not service jobs seem to impact the economy...
  8. kstotlani macrumors 6502a

    Oct 27, 2006
    I don’t know much about China except for the horror factory stories. Yes factory workers will continue to get exploited and it isn’t pretty in India either. We are a little more democratic and have unions in most factories, not that those union help the regular factory worker. I just don’t want fellow Indians to be exploited the same way. We have a lot of our workers in the Middle East where they go looking for a dream but end up getting abused. Lookup Qatar World Cup human rights issues. We cannot control the abuse there but hopefully we make sure the conditions are better here.
    --- Post Merged, Nov 7, 2017 ---
    This. India has usually been a restricted economy purely for these reasons. Lot of western countries have stopped producing (except for firearms) so lot of those economies are just consumers.

    We have a lot of communists catalysts that usually stop the country from growth but also serve some useful purpose when it comes to such foreign investments.
  9. rawCpoppa macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2010
    I guess this means SE 2 is coming or at least SE will be around for a while.
  10. Avieshek Suspended


    Dec 7, 2013
    Producing SE will not work in this age of Samsung, Vivo, Oppo, Xiaomi in India. They are just letting the same mistake happen as in China and with the same companies to assure this mistake clearly can happen.
  11. kdarling macrumors P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    Apparently there's plenty of work available.

    According to several reports, the main reason Foxconn and other China factories had to sharply increase wages a few years back was not from any external Apple or Dell pressure, but because they were having trouble attracting enough good labor !
  12. Michael Scrip macrumors 603

    Mar 4, 2011
    Ah cool.

    I was just remembering seeing pictures of thousands of people lining up for jobs in China.

    I'll admit don't really know much about it all. :)
  13. Aniruddh Contributor


    Feb 3, 2017
    Forget Oppo and Xiaomi, they are dirt cheap. Apple is behind because it is wayyy expensive than Samsung.

    Samsung Galaxy S8 costs ₹57,800 (~$890) and iPhone X costs 89,900 (~$1400). That's a difference of ₹32,100 (almost $510). You can get an S8 plus a decent smartphone if you ditch iPhone X.

    I have recently got S8 for my father and young brother for the same reason.

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