Fox­conn may pro­duce iPhone in In­dia: re­port

The China Post - - TAIWAN BUSINESS -

The Eco­nomic Times re­ported on Satur­day that the Fox­conn Tech­nol­ogy Group ( ) will soon in­vest in three new pro­duc­tion units in In­dia that could be used in part to as­sem­ble iPhones for Ap­ple.

Fox­conn, also known as Hon Hai Pre­ci­sion In­dus­try Co. ( ) in Tai­wan, is plan­ning pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties in Gu­jarat and Ut­tar Pradesh prov­inces and a trial unit geared to­ward R&D and new prod­uct devel­op­ment in Andhra Pradesh, the re­port said.

An uniden­ti­fied source told the pa­per that boom­ing smart­phone sales have en­cour­aged Fox­conn, which is Ap­ple’s big­gest con­trac­tor for phone pro­duc­tion, to pro­duce Ap­ple smartphones in In­dia even though its most re­cent ven­ture in the coun­try ended in fail­ure.

A Fox­conn sub­sidiary shut­tered three plants pro­duc­ing Nokia hand­sets in the Chen­nai area late last year, a move that drew the ire of about 1,700 em­ploy­ees who were laid off.

Fox­conn, which cur­rently as­sem­bles Ap­ple prod­ucts pri­mar­ily at its pro­duc­tion bases in China, de­clined to com­ment di­rectly on the re­ported move when asked about it by CNA.

A spokesman for the com­pany in Taipei did say that In­dia is be­com­ing an in­creas­ingly im­por­tant part of the global mar­ket and that the com­pany will con­tinue to seek ap­pro­pri­ate strate­gic part­ner­ships and in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties on the In­dian sub­con­ti­nent.

The Eco­nomic Times re­port also said that Fox­conn has hired Josh Foul­ger, a se­nior Nokia ex­ec­u­tive with ex­pe­ri­ence in set­ting up a Nokia plant in Chen­nai, to over­see the com­pany’s plans to re­new pro­duc­tion ef­forts in In­dia.

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