Apple has now made its mind of setting up a plant at Peenya in Bangalore(India) to manufacture or assemble iPhones, but it wants a crucial helping support from Indian government.
When Apple CEO Tim Cook met Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier this year, the latter was quite impressed on the need to start local manufacturing. Apple too agrees that India is an important growth market for the company. However, the need to source a certain percentage of raw material locally had become an obstacle for the same, as India does not have a stron component supply chain like in China.
The company has partnered with Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer Wistron to assemble iPhones in Bangalore, the report claims. The iPhone maker is very serious about manufacturing in India, and Bangalore, often referred to as the Silicon Valley of India, is the place it is looking at, the report claims, adding that Apple wants to push its manufacturing processes to fullest in India by the end of 2017.
Once the assembling of iPhones takes off, Apple hopes to roll-out full-fledged manufacturing from 2018 onwards. All this means that buying an iPhone in India will be cheaper, with custom duty now out of the equation.