In a significant development, the Tata Group is set to commence the production of Apple iPhones in India for both the domestic and global markets within the next two and a half years. This announcement came from Rajeev Chandrasekhar, the Electronics and Technology Minister. He expressed the government’s full support for the growth of Indian electronics companies with global ambitions and for their collaboration with leading international electronic brands, aligning with the Prime Minister’s vision of positioning India as a global electronics powerhouse.
This partnership marks a strategic shift for Apple, as the tech giant has primarily relied on Chinese manufacturing for its devices sold worldwide. However, it appears that the Tata Group is prepared to take on the responsibilities previously held by Apple’s supplier, Wistron Corp.
The Tata Group’s acquisition of these functions from Wistron Corp. was confirmed during a recent meeting. The Electronics and Technology Minister, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, praised Wistron for its contributions, underscoring the importance of Indian companies playing a pivotal role in Apple’s global supply chain. This shift in production from China to India aligns with Apple’s efforts to diversify its manufacturing sources and reduce its reliance on China, especially in light of the ongoing trade tensions between the United States and China as well as rising labor costs in China.
India has become an attractive destination for tech manufacturing due to its substantial consumer market and skilled workforce. In a separate announcement, Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal revealed that Apple had exported around $5 billion (approximately ₹41,200 crore) worth of goods from India in 2022. Goyal further stated that Apple’s long-term goal is to produce 25% of its global units in India over the next four to five years.
Re-reported from the article originally published in The Times Now News English