Six Apple production lines capable of $5 billion in exports allegedly moving to India

in General Discussion edited August 2020
An inconsistent report claims that unnamed Apple manufacturing partners are moving six iPhone production lines to India, as part of an increasing trend to relocate from China.

Components for the iPhone XR may be among the shipments being held up
India is responsible for much of the iPhone XR's manufacture

Following reports that Apple has pressed Foxconn to invest $1 billion in developing iPhone production in India, local sources claim that an unnamed iPhone manufacturer is establishing a new facility in the country. The claim also follows separate reports that Foxconn is now manufacturing the iPhone 11 Pro in the country.

In a new but inconsistent report published on Monday, The Times of India is claiming that what it calls a "contract manufacturer for Apple" is "shifting six production lines" for iPhones to India. It says that unnamed sources are saying that as well as making iPhones for sale in India itself, the new establishment will produce up to $5 billion worth of iPhones for export.

There's no detail over when that figure may be achieved. However, the report does say that it's expected the new plant will create 55,000 jobs over the next "year or so."

The new facility is specifically for the production of iPhones. However, the publication claims that manufacturing will expand to iPads and computers at some point.

The unnamed manufacturer may not be Foxconn, however, as The Times of India also says that "Wistron, Pegatron and Foxconn," will make phones under the country's incentive schemes. It notes that Foxconn already has a plant and says that Wistron and Pegatron are like to build in the country too.

However, Wistron already has three plants in India, and is building the iPhone in the country. The third, at Narasapura, one of the largest industrial regions in Karnataka State, to the north west of Bengaluru, is believed to be producing iPhones.

The Times of India asserts that manufacturers are moving production to India specifically to avoid reliance on China. It claims that "container loads of goods from Apple's key contract manufacturer have already reached India." But it does not refer to India's ports having blocked some such containers over customs disputes.


  • Reply 1 of 6
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,407member
    Unless Apple says it, I have my doubts.
  • Reply 2 of 6
    cg27cg27 Posts: 214member
    I hope this is true and accurate as China is a double edged sword and poses Apple’s greatest existential threat.
  • Reply 3 of 6
    tzeshantzeshan Posts: 2,351member
    BTW, Foxconn also makes Xiaomi smartphones in India.
  • Reply 4 of 6
    TomETomE Posts: 172member
    Move those Puppies.  China is a great threat to our way of life.  Pay now or pay later.  We are all paying for China's actions or the lack thereof with respect to the Wuhan Virus. Wuhan, China if my memory serves me correctly is the world center for the investigation of Bat Transmitted Viruses.  Bats can carry / transmit 50+ identified viral threats.  Look up the World Center for Bat Viral Research - it sure isn't the US, Europe, South America, India, Africa, etc.  ; it is located in Wuhan, China.

    The Manufacture of "All Things Apple" must move from China as fast as practical.  They are known for stealing secrets.  Apple is in Danger and we as American's are in Danger.  Get out of there.

    If it has China written on it, I try my best to avoid it.  
    edited August 2020 patchythepirateinTIMidator
  • Reply 5 of 6
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 6,103member
    China got the U.S. hooked on cheap microwave ovens and disposable junk.  We only have ourselves to blame for allowing an authoritarian government to reach the level of economic success that China has.  We turned a blind-eye as we get our cheap "fix", while China steals our IP and puts American companies out of business.  China violates the WTO consistently with no consequence.  China militarizes islands that don't belong to it, again... zero recourse.  Everyone is angry at China, yet no one wants to take the first step to say "no more".

    The sooner everyone gets out of China, the better.  China should be booted out of the WTO now.  They already own the W.H.O., even though the U.S. is (was) their largest contributor.  

    If nothing happens, China will be in a position calling the shots.  Considering how they treat their own citizens, and anyone else that crosses their paths... we should all be worried.
  • Reply 6 of 6
    Unless Apple says it, I have my doubts.
    The rumor might be sketchy, but it's not impossible for Apple to do it... if it's done strategically and over time.  Samsung managed to complete the task Oct 2019.  They no longer make phones in China.  Samsung and Apple are operating under entirely different circumstances (supply chain-wise) regarding China, but Sammy's departure does give a more definitive indication that Apple could move it's operations from China imo.  Might be harder and might take longer since Apple is more dependent on the Chinese infrastructure than Samsung.  But I think it's doable.  A year or two ago I would have laughed at anyone making that suggestion.
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