Foxconn Exploring Locations for iPhone and iPad Manufacturing Facilities in India

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Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn plans to travel to India and explore possible locations to reopen production facilities in the country, in a move that could bring iPhone assembly and potentially lower prices to the emerging market. Reuters reports that Foxconn could benefit from lower production costs in India as wages continue to increase in China, where the majority of its operations are currently based.


"Foxconn is sending a delegation of their officers to scout for locations in a month's time," Subhash Desai, Industries Minister of India's western state Maharashtra, told Reuters. The report claims Foxconn plans to build 10-12 facilities in India, such as factories and data centers, by 2020, although the Taiwan-based company has not provided any further details about its plans.

The return of Foxconn would provide an economic boost for India, which continues to rival neighboring China in the technology sector. The manufacturing company was forced to close shop in India last year after losing client Nokia, but now eyes a return to the country with plans to manufacture iPhones, iPads and iPods.

"A return of Foxconn -- which was forced to shut up shop in India last year after client Nokia closed -- would be a major victory for India, which badly needs to turn its tech boom into a manufacturing and employment boost.

India, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has sought to reboot manufacturing, but the country is yet to rival China, particularly in technology where most factories will likely be assembly units to begin with."

Foxconn assembles iPhones, iPads and a number of other products for Apple, one of its main clients, and also serves as a manufacturing partner with other consumer electronics makers such as Xiaomi, Acer and Sony. Its main competitors include Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and Quanta Computer.

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66 months ago
The day chineese labour force just became to expensive is near (or has come already :oops:)
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66 months ago
India is the new China.

I'm not sure how I've missed this for so long, but Foxconn was the brand of the case I used for the first computer I built when I was a kid back in 2002. Ordered it from the Tiger Direct catalog, lol. I'm old.

You have no idea what you're in for, kid. "Back in 2002" had me laughing.

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66 months ago
Please don't manufacture anything in India... quality is not their strong suit. As already posted, China is like the Swiss compared to India.
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66 months ago
Those who are questioning the quality of Foxconn produced Apple devices should remember that lots of products are assembled/manufactured in India and exported to many counties including USA. For example, Mercedes, Audi, BMW all assemble and manufacture their cars and they are best in business. So it is ridiculous to say that the quality would be bad.

It's not...thank god!

Actually having said that, I do get horrendous load times (minutes) when I'm not using my VPN.

EDIT: you know what, I'm checking over 3G now, I cant get it to load.

Yes, Yes perhaps Macrumors is banned in China ...

Not banned, but the javascript files used in the website are from banned sources like Google.

Please don't manufacture anything in India... quality is not their strong suit. As already posted, China is like the Swiss compared to India.

China is a copycat country. The products their companies manufacture are of very horrible quality.
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66 months ago
I believe it has something to do with Apple looking to open their stores in India. Indian Govt has a rule that 30% of materials or labor needs to be insourced from India for a Multi-National Corporation to have their presence in India.
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66 months ago
[MOD NOTE]
Enough with the generalizations and bickering.
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