Apple will have some of its iPhones manufactured in India

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After the recent clashes in Foxconn's Chinese workshops and against the background of economic tensions between the United States and the communist giant, Apple managers have decided to diversify the production sites of their products, particularly in India, in the southwest of the country.

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The American company Apple will make iPhones at a new factory that Taiwan's Foxconn, the American giant's main supplier, plans to open in India, Indian authorities announced on Friday. iPhone manufacturing has suffered in recent months from severe disruptions at China's Zhengzhou site, Foxconn's largest factory where the brand's famous phones are made, due to an outbreak of Covid-19 and demonstrations against working conditions in late 2022.

For this reason, the American giant is trying to diversify the production chain of its flagship phone outside China, amid ongoing diplomatic tensions with the United States. “Apple phones will soon be manufactured in our state,” Karnataka (southwest India) state chief minister Basavaraj S. Bommai tweeted on Friday. “This will not only enable creation of around 100,000 jobs but also provide a lot of opportunities for Karnataka,” he said.

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Development of Indian Ecosystem

India's Minister of State for Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar said the factory will be built on an area of ​​about 300 acres (1.21 km2) in the state known as the home of high-tech hub Bengaluru. According to local media, Foxconn Chairman Young Liu attended the announcement in Bengaluru on Friday after meeting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier in the week.

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“Our meeting focused on various topics aimed at developing India's technology and innovation ecosystem,” Mr Modi tweeted on Wednesday. Foxconn's chairman signed an agreement on Thursday to build electronics manufacturing plants that would employ 100,000 people in neighboring Telangana state.

The iPhone in India

Neither Apple nor Foxconn responded to AFP's requests for comment. Foxconn, the main manufacturer of iPhones, has been manufacturing Apple devices in India since 2019 at a factory in the state of Tamil Nadu (south). Two other Taiwanese companies, Wistron and Pegatron, manufacture and assemble American-branded devices in India.

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Last September, Apple announced that its latest model, the iPhone 14, would be manufactured in India. However, according to Bloomberg, Indian sites account for less than 5% of the American group's production, far behind the US, China, Japan and five other countries.

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