In a significant boost to Make in India, Minister for Telecom and IT in India, Ashwini Vaishnav, has announced India is set to get its most giant Apple manufacturing plant in Hosur in Bengaluru. The Hosur iPhone manufacturing unit will employ around 60,000 people.
Apple has outsourced the manufacturing of iPhone enclosures to Tata Electronics, which has a plant at Hosur. While speaking at the Janjatiya Gaurav Divas ceremony, Vaishnav said that six thousand tribal women residing near Ranchi and Hazaribagh had been trained to make iPhones, as per a PTI report.
“Apple’s iPhone is now getting made in India, and it’s the biggest plant in India. It is being set up at Hosur near Bengaluru. Sixty thousand people work in a single factory. The first 6,000 of these 60,000 employees are our tribal sisters from places nearby Ranchi and Hazaribagh. Tribal sisters have been trained to make the Apple iPhone,” the minister said.
This comes after a report by the news agency Reuters that said iPhone supplier Foxconn is planning to expand its capacity in India by at least four times in the next two years. Apple iPhone models in India are manufactured by its three manufacturing partners, Foxconn, Wistron, and Pegatron.
Foxconn’s decision points to a production adjustment as it faces disruptions in China. The iPhone supplier has grabbed headlines in recent weeks with tight virus restrictions at its Zhengzhou plant, the world’s largest iPhone factory, disturbing production and fuelling concerns over the impact of China’s virus policy on global supply chains.
Videos on Chinese social media sites showed several Chinese migrant workers scaling a fence outside a Foxconn plant, which manufactures Apple iPhones. The videos show workers fleeing China’s largest iPhone plant in Covid-hit Zhengzhou amid a lockdown triggered by the coronavirus outbreak.
Meanwhile, Apple has added a new display supplier for its new iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max alongside its old panel supplier Samsung. Another South Korean tech major LG is the new display supplier for iPhone 14 Pro models. Earlier, South Korean tech giant Samsung was the exclusive supplier of displays for these models. Still, now LG has split the orders of shows with it for the new iPhone 14 Pro models, says a recent report by the Korean publication ETNews.