Apple continues to invest in its manufacturing operations in India, where it is expected to begin exporting iPhones made in the country to other markets around the world, as confirmed this week by the Indian government, suggesting that the Cupertino-based tech giant and its partners plan to expand iPhone production in India. It also focuses on other areas such as component manufacturing.
Apple debuted its manufacturing facility in India as a company that made the iPhone SE, and soon expanded its local manufacturing business to other models, including the iPhone 6s, iPhone 7s and newer iPhone X and XRs. Some of these models are also expected to be shipped to foreign markets, and Apple has recently been confirmed to be producing the iPhone 11 in its Indian factory.
Ravi Shankar Prasad, India’s information technology minister, said the expansion would not stop, with iPhone phone and parts exports alone reaching $1.6bn by 2019.
Salcom and Foxconn, Apple’s two partners in India, are also preparing to make big investments in their local operations.
Salcom will start making parts, including chargers, near Chennai and plans to invest nearly $300 million over the next five years, a plan the government says will help create about 10,000 jobs there.
At the same time, Foxconn hopes to increase the number of production facilities from two to four and expand its existing operations by adding new production lines, which will help assemble more iPhones locally.
Developing manufacturing facilities in India could help Apple reduce its dependence on China, especially given the existing trade tensions between Beijing and Washington. However, India is still lagging behind in infrastructure, especially as foreign companies plan to expand their local operations more quickly, Reuters reported.