The Indian government has launched a new initiative recently known as ‘Make in India’, offering incentives for global companies to open up manufacturing units across the country.
A new report is suggesting that Apple iPhones could soon be produced in the country as part of this plan. It is said that Foxconn manufacturing units will be opened in Maharashtra for this purpose. Of course, we have no confirmation of this from Apple or Foxconn yet, so this could merely remain a rumor.
The CM of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis on his recent trip to China was said to have visited Foxconn’s manufacturing unit in the Henan province of China.
As we all know, Foxconn assembles phones for Apple in its units across China, so opening up a unit in Maharashtra could divide the workload for the company and bring in revenue and new jobs to India. This decision will also be taken into account depending on the labour costs, so nothing is set in stone at the moment.
Fadnavis has hinted that this manufacturing unit could be set up in Pune or Aurangabad, but was also mindful of the fact that it might need a massive investment upfront.
“Our country is rapidly urbanising, so our PM has unveiled his vision of making smart cities. India’s most urbanised state, Maharashtra has much to contribute to it and thus would welcome Chinese expertise and investment in this sector,” Fadnavis said.
He further added, “I am planning a special visit to the province Qingdao to learn from Chinese infrastructure development in coastal area.”