iPhone Assembler Pegatron Reportedly Readies $150m Investment in India

Apple assembly partner Pegatron's board of directors is said to have approved a proposal to spend $150 million to build a manufacturing plant in India.

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The new facility is expected to begin production in the second half of next year or in early 2022, with more investments planned in the country over the next two years, reported India's Economic Times, citing unnamed executives.

Pegatron, Apple's second-largest iPhone assembler after Foxconn, registered its India subsidiary in July, and said that the global health crisis had made it hard for staff to visit India, which had resulted in delays. The facility would be the company's first to be established in the country, and would likely be involved in future ‌iPhone‌ assembly.

Pegatron has been cleared to take part in India's billion-dollar Production-Linked Incentive Scheme, which provides incentives on locally-produced smartphones. The Taipei-based assembler joins rival ‌iPhone‌ manufacturers Foxconn and Wistron, which are already signed up to the scheme.

Pegatron recently drew the ire of Apple after it was discovered that the ‌iPhone‌ supplier had been committing labor violations at a student workers' program at its Shanghai and Kunshan campuses in eastern China.

Apple put Pegatron on probation as a result of the violations, and while the supplier's current ‌‌iPhone‌‌ business is not expected to be affected, it could lose some ‌iPhone‌ 12 orders to rival Luxshare next year.

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Top Rated Comments

Bokito Avatar
48 months ago

Thanks for NOTHING apple. Abandon your bread and butter customer of USA who are out of jobs and need the investment of manufacturing.
That won’t work. Manufacturing in wealthy countries isn’t competitive for quite a few reasons:

* People are more expansive (more expansive products)
* Scaling up is very hard
* There just aren’t enough people that want to work on such jobs*


* In Western Europe we import people from Eastern Europe for quite a few job categories because people in Western Europe are too lazy for them:

* Warehouse sorting
* Horticulture
* Meat industry
* Manufacturing

And many more. I think the US has the same problem finding people for those jobs.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DelayedGratificationGene Avatar
48 months ago
Such potential. 1.4b people. Smart developing country eventually to be another China for Apple. Great job. Keep moving ahead in India Tim!
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
apparatchik Avatar
48 months ago

That won’t work. Manufacturing in wealthy countries isn’t competitive for quite a few reasons:

* People are more expansive (more expansive products)
* Scaling up is very hard
* There just aren’t enough people that want to work on such jobs*


* In Western Europe we import people from Eastern Europe for quite a few job categories because people in Western Europe are too lazy for them:

* Warehouse sorting
* Horticulture
* Meat industry
* Manufacturing

And many more. I think the US has the same problem finding people for those jobs.
In the US the agricultural and construction sectors are filled with inmigrants, just to name a few. The manufacturing capacity, flexibility, input and chains are not there... its not just a matter of costs but actual feasibility.

Now, in the whole production chain, when you take into account the hardware design, such as Apple Silicon (not the manufacturing but the design), the software, the packaging design, in other words, the high paying jobs related to Apple devices, most of those are located in the US.

They outsource the cheap labor you wouldnt really want unless you’re a developing nation like India or Mexico.

Were I a US citizen I would be happy having all the high skilled jobs, time to retrain the workforce for those unemployed so they can move up in the production chain instead of expecting to be tightening screws for a living any more.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
monster620ie Avatar
48 months ago
Thanks for NOTHING apple. Abandon your bread and butter customer of USA who are out of jobs and need the investment of manufacturing.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
anthogag Avatar
48 months ago
India has an influential rising-star tech sector. They could easily make iPhones. India is a democracy. China's communist government will always undermine Western democracy.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Shanpdx Avatar
48 months ago
iPhone SE and iPhone 11 was smash hit during the Diwali holidays in India.

Apple can lower the price if they are able to manufacture in India (avoiding 20% or so import duty).

I think more and more low and middle end products will be manufactured in India.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)