Approval has been granted to Wistron to develop more land for production facilities that might lead to the iPhone 6 being produced in the region.

Wistron will spend $105 million invested in land and production facilities in the Karnataka State to expand their production of smartphones, and the Internet of Things product ranges, according to a report filed by Reuters.

The factory will be erected 40 miles outside Bengaluru on land that is apparently smaller than the 50-100 acres initially applied for by Wistron.  A government spokesman indicated that the required allotment of land was not immediately available, but the government will work with Wistron to ensure the success of the project.

Wistron envisages the creation of 6000 new jobs in this plant.

Wistron will be expanding its production of the iPhone 6s too for the Indian Market, but some say the company will expand its production to include the iPhone 6s too.  It is unlikely that the iPhone 6s will be manufactured by the time the factory opens, but since Apple is re-launching the product in some developing markets to keep it available as a low-cost iPhone locally.

The iPhone SE has been in production in Karnataka since middle may 2017, and government officials expressed the hope that the price of this device in the local market will be reduced with as much as $100 per unit, although it is unlikely Apple will reduce its margins this much.

Locally Made

June saw the first iPhone SE models produced in India and labeled “Designed by Apple in California, Assembled in India” sold all around India. Apple is considering flagship Apple Stores in Mumbai, New Delhi and Bangalore, the three wealthiest cities in India, while Apple is still investigating the launch of the Apple Authorized Resellers program. During the November earnings call Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, stated that while there was “great momentum” in the Indian market, Apple was still “gaining understanding” of it.

Tax Waiver

To accommodate Apple, the Indian Government in January, waived the requirement on foreign-owned “single brand retailers” to source at least 30% of materials used in the local manufacture of goods intended for exports, for a period of five years. After five years the waiver will lapse, and Apple will source 30% of materials locally.


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