Xiaomi and OPPO were forced to switch to importing some smartphones to India because their assembly plants in India were slow to return to normal production levels,media quoted sources as saying. Much of Xiaomi’s smartphones sold in India are produced by Hon Hai’s factories in the southern Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, while OPPO assembles them at a factory on the outskirts of New Delhi.
Although Indian factories were allowed to reopen in May, several smartphone factories are struggling to cope with labour shortages and the demand that has accumulated during the nearly two-month epidemic blockade, and it is unclear how many handsets will need to be imported, the sources said.
Although the OPPO plant reopened on May 7, it was closed for more than a week after several workers tested positive for the new coronavirus.
Xiaomi and Hon Hai did not have comment.