NEW DELHI: for a while now Apple has made a big push in India in terms of manufacturing – or rather assembly – of its products in India. Many iPhone models are now being assembled in India, which certainly seems to have led to job creation. According to a Digitimes report, Apple’s supply chain partners have created around 20,000 jobs in India.
Apple has several manufacturing partners in the country. Some of the big ones include Foxconn, Wistron and Pégatron. All three of India’s supply chain partners were committed to creating employment opportunities when they applied to participate in the Government of India’s Linked Incentive Production (PL), according to the Digitimes report.
It has been reported that along with Foxconn and Wistron 7,500 people each have been hired since August 2020. Other supply chain partners have also hired around 5,000 people. The report states that Apple suppliers like Sunwoda Electronic, Foxlink and Salcomp have hired around 5,000 people. These three companies, according to the report, did not receive PLI qualification from the government.
Apple started assembling iPhones in India in 2017 with the iPhone SE through its manufacturing partner Wistron in Bangalore. In 2018, Wistron also started assembling the iPhone 6s in Bangalore. A year later, it was the turn of the iPhone 7 to be manufactured in Bangalore.
In 2019, another Apple manufacturing partner, Foxconn, came on board and the iPhone XR also joined the list of iPhones assembled in India. It was in 2019 that Apple stopped assembling the iPhone SE and iPhone 6s. In 2020, the iPhone 11 and the “new” iPhone SE were assembled by Foxconn and Wistron in Chennai and Bangalore respectively.