BANGALORE, India – Apple, in collaboration with the Taiwanese OEM maker Wistron, is planning to set up a facility in India’s South Indian city, Bangalore.
According to sources, the production will start operating in Peenya, the city’s industrial hub, from April 2017.
Recording over 50 percent growth in sales in merely 12 months and selling over 2.5 million iPhones in the country, India is one of the biggest growth markets for Apple’s iPhone.
Sources within the company have said, “Bangalore is looked at seriously.”
This decision by Apple is seen as a major step to counter the 12.5 percent import tariff.
Being the second largest smartphone maker in India, Apple will have an even bigger grab on the market with the prices being slashed a little.
In terms of revenue from the Indian market, Apple amassed Rs 9,997 crore in FY16, a 56 percent rise in comparison to the Rs 6,472 crore it recorded in the last financial year.
However, this is not the first step taken by Apple to expand in the Indian markets.
Earlier in May, Apple announced a design and development accelerator in the city to grow the iOS developer community.
Moreover, the accelerator would be used to guide the Indian developers to leverage Apple’s programming language, Swift and build apps for Apple TV and Apple Watch. The facility is expected to open early this year.
Earlier, Foxconn, which is the largest OEM of Apple committed to setting up a plant in Maharashtra.
It was assumed that the plant would only make Apple products.
However, according to sources, Foxconn will do local production for Xiaomi and OnePlus too.
Earlier this year, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and this step by Apple is seen as a big boost for India’s “Make In India” initiative.
Apple has even published job openings ahead of the announcement, including openings for operation program manager, product quality manager amongst others at its OEM’s factory, on its online portal.