Employees work at a factory at the mobile phone factory of Rising Stars Mobile India Pvt., a unit of Foxconn in Tamil Nadu, India, July 12, 2019.
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Major Apple supplier foxcon said on Saturday it was seeking cooperation in India in new areas like chips and electric vehicles after a visit to the country by its chairman, Liu Young-way.
Apple moved production out of China after the country’s strict Covid-19 restrictions disrupted manufacturing of new iPhone models and other devices, and amid tensions between Beijing and Washington.
In January, India’s trade minister said Applewhich started iPhone assembly in the country in 2017 by Witron and later Foxconn, wants India to account for up to 25% of its production from around 5% to 7% currently.
Taiwan’s Foxconn, the world’s largest contract electronics maker and officially called Hon Hai Precision Industry, said Liu visited India from Feb. 27 to Saturday.
“My trip this week supported Foxconn’s efforts to deepen partnerships, meet old friends and make new ones, and seek cooperation in new areas such as semiconductor development and electric vehicles,” Liu said in a statement.
Foxconn has ambitious plans to manufacture electric vehicles and is also looking to manufacture chips.
“Based on sharing, collaborating and flourishing together, Foxconn will continue to communicate with local governments to seek the most beneficial development opportunities for the company and all stakeholders,” Liu added.
He did not mention any concrete new investment plans in the country, and Foxconn has not announced any since his trip.
Apple’s iPhones will soon be assembled at another site in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, and 300 acres (120 hectares) have been set aside to set up a factory, the government said on Friday. the state.
Currently, iPhones are assembled in India by at least three of Apple’s global suppliers – Foxconn and Pegatron in Tamil Nadu and Wistron in Karnataka.