Huawei to manufacture smartphones in India from next month
Chinese telecoms giant Huawei will start making smartphones in India next month, the company said on Friday, joining a wave of compatriots setting up plants in the world’s third-biggest mobile market.
The plant will be operated with the Indian arm of electronics manufacturer Flextronics International Ltd in the southern Indian city of Chennai, Huawei said. The plant will have the capacity to make three million units by the end of 2017.
Huawei added that it will strengthen its after sales services in India with over 200 service centers, including more than 30 exclusive Huawei service centers.
India is trying to attract manufacturing into the country as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” initiative.
Minister for IT and Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad, who inaugurated the facility, said, “The Government of India is pleased to see so much enthusiasm for our “Make in India” initiative. We are working towards making India an electronic manufacturing hub. As India is set to become the second largest smartphone market, our government would like to invite even more businesses to come and manufacture in India.
India is the world’s fastest growing smartphone market and an attractive country for phone makers given growth in China is stagnating.
The number of smartphone users in India is expected to reach 990 million by 2020 from 798.4 million in 2015, according to a study by Cisco.