Apple to shift mass production of iPhones from China to India

Ceria Alfonso
Abril 16, 2019

Terry Gou, the group Chairman of the Taiwanese manufacturing company, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited him to India.

It is unclear how Apple's foray into manufacturing in India will affect its relationship with China, which has been its production hub for years with Foxconn and other partner companies. As the U.S. and China engage in a trade battle, it might be helpful for Apple and Foxconn to find a third market to focus on.

The firm said its billionaire founder would not be relinquishing his role as chairman, rebutting earlier media reports.

Gou, 69, told Reuters that he is "walking toward that direction - to walk back to the second line, or retire.I will be involved in the major direction of the company, but not involved in daily operations".

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Foxconn already has two assembly sites in the southern Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, where it makes devices for Xiaomi and Nokia.

Gou said that his company is talking with the government about investment terms.

Also known by its official name Hon Hai Precision Industry, the firm is the world's biggest contract electronics maker and assembles Apple's iPhones as well as gadgets for other global brands. He has a dozen software people in India and he plans to increase that to 600, he said. "If our customer wants to boost its scale, it will need to depend on us to grow the comprehensive supply chain".

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