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Indian iPhone Plant to Hire 10,000 More People, as Apple Shifts Production

Written by Gabriela Vatu
Last updated June 16, 2021

One of the important Apple partners in India is going to hire up to 10,000 more people for its iPhone plant. A new report from The New Indian Express indicates that Wistron, a major Apple partner, will start making iPhones at its plant in Narasapura, India. As work is expected to kick off in the Kolar district soon, more people are sought for employment.

It is expected that the manufacturing facility will generate around 10,000 new jobs, with 70% of the jobs given to locals. The report indicates that about 2,000 people have already been recruited.

Even though Wistron hasn't yet confirmed the news, local Principal Secretary to India's Industries and Commerce Department Gaurav Gupta said that the recruitment process has begun and that they're hoping Wistron is "going to start production soon."

The new plant only went up in April, and the general consensus is that it is specialized in PCB assembly. PCB is used as a base for various other components like memory, processors, storage, and so on, and it's usually about half the price of a smartphone.

While this may have resulted in a pretty penny for the local industry, the Indian government has levied taxes in the area. The move is set to boost local manufacturing and bring new jobs to the area. Still, it also translates into Apple, making some of its most important components without paying much (or any) taxes whatsoever.

Related: India Is Quickly Becoming the New iPhone Manufacturing Hub

This isn't the first manufacturing hub Apple has in India. In fact, they've been moving shop for a while now, especially as the country's government implemented a new initiative where 30% of products sold by foreign companies should be manufactured in India.

India is also a major market for smartphones, ranking second. Even so, only about a quarter of Indians are said to own a smartphone.



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