The project will begin in the southern Indian state of Karnataka in April of next year. Furthermore, it is expected to generate 50,000 employment opportunities.
Foxconn, situated in Taiwan, manufactures the bulk of Apple’s phones. Since 2017, the company has begun producing earlier models of iPhones at a factory in the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu.
The corporation stated last month that it had purchased 1.2 million square meters (13 million square feet) of property near Bengaluru, Karnataka.
Foxconn Expansion in Karnataka
According to Bloomberg, Foxconn intended to invest $700 million (£566 million) in a new facility in Karnataka. Moreover, the Karnataka government said on Thursday that the project is worth $1.59 billion.
The land for the facility will be turned over to the corporation by 1 July, according to the announcement. According to Reuters, Foxconn has set a target of producing 20 million iPhones per year at its Karnataka facility.
Shifting Away from China
Apple’s plan to produce its most popular model in India and diversify its supply chains away from China comes as trade tensions between the United States and China increase.
Apple manufactures the majority of its phones in China. Several Apple vendors, including Foxconn, build iPhones in India. Foxconn is presently responsible for 5% of the overall iPhone manufacturing.
The business failed to compete in the Indian market, which is dominated by considerably cheaper smartphones from South Korea and China. So, In April, Apple CEO Tim Cook visited India to open the country’s first two Apple stores.