Apple is planning from April 2017 to start production of iPhone in the Indian city of Bangalore. About it reports the local edition of Times of India.
According to industry sources, Taiwanese Wistron involved in assembling Apple products, starts production at industrial hub in the East of Bangalore. Manufacturing operations will begin in April, and by the end of 2017 there will be a full production.
In 2015, Foxconn also signed a Memorandum of understanding with the government of Maharashtra under which the company has announced plans to invest in production in the state $5 billion over five years. Initially it was assumed that the company will establish production of Apple products, but now she is working with the Chinese Xiaomi and OnePlus.
The interest of Apple to Indian market due to the sales growth in this country with the decline in the markets of other countries. According to research, Apple sold 2.5 million iPhone in October 2015 – September 2016. This is an increase of more than 50% in annual terms.
However, the proportion of iPhone and iPad in the Indian market is quite small. August by research company Strategy Analytics showed that the share of iOS in the second quarter of this year was 2.4%. It is expected that the Indian smartphone market will overtake the U.S. next year and will be the second in the world after Chinese.
In may visited India Apple CEO Tim cook. During his visit, plans were announced to open in Bangalore in early 2017, support center design and development. Sam Cooke during his visit said that the company is considering in the future to assemble their products in India, but so far no such plans. However, on the eve of the Wall Street Journal reported that Indian government officials are in the beginning of next week to determine incentives, which asked Apple to develop their production in the country.