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Apple Asks Suppliers to Shift More Production to India – Nikkei

Apple has asked key suppliers such as Foxconn to move some AirPods and Beats headphone production to India


Apple is shifting more production to India, of Airpods and other headphones, Nikkei says.
Apple AirPods are displayed during a media event in San Francisco, in September 2016. File photo: Beck Diefenbach, Reuters.

 

Apple has asked key suppliers such as Foxconn to move some AirPods and Beats headphone production to India for the first time, Nikkei reported on Wednesday

The news appears to be an another win for New Delhi in its push for local manufacturing. Foxconn, which assembles iPhones for the tech giant, is preparing to make Beats headphones in India and hopes to eventually produce AirPods in the country as well, the report said.

Luxshare Precision Industry, a Chinese supplier to the iPhone maker, and its units also plan to help Apple make AirPods in India, according to the report.

However, Luxshare is focusing more on its Vietnamese AirPods operations for now and could be slower than its competitors in starting meaningful production of Apple products in India, the Nikkei newspaper said.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The tech giant has been shifting some areas of iPhone production from China to other markets, including India, where it started manufacturing iPhone 13 earlier this year, and is also planning to assemble iPad tablets.

And the company announced last week its plans to manufacture the latest iPhone 14 in India.

A report on Tuesday said iPhone exports from India crossed $1 billion in five months since April and are set to reach $2.5 billion in the 12 months through March 2023.

Apple’s latest move is part of its gradual diversification from China, the Nikkei report said.

India and other countries such as Mexico and Vietnam are increasingly turning important to contract manufacturers supplying to American brands amid Covid-related lockdowns in China and simmering tensions between Washington and Beijing over Taiwan and other issues.

 

  • Reuters with additional editing by Jim Pollard

 

 

 

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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.

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