Largest iPhone Plant Coming Near Hosur, To Employ 60,000 Workers
India’s largest Apple iPhone manufacturing unit is coming up near Hosur in Bengaluru, which will employ around 60,000 people, Telecom and IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Tuesday. While speaking at the Janjatiya Gaurav Divas event, Vaishnaw said that six thousand tribal women living near Ranchi and Hazaribagh have been trained to make iPhones.
“Apple’s iPhone is now manufactured in India and the largest plant in India is being set up in Hosur near Bengaluru. 60,000 people work in one factory. The first 6,000 workers of these 60,000 workers are tribal sisters from the nearby areas of Ranchi and Hazaribagh. The tribal sisters they are trained to make Apple iPhone,” said the minister.
The Cupertino company has outsourced iPhone case production to Tata Electronics, which has a plant in Hosur. The company’s iPhone models are manufactured by electronics giants Foxconn, Wistron and Pegatron in India.
Last week, Reuters reported that Apple supplier Foxconn plans to double the number of workers at its iPhone factory in India in two years, citing two government officials with knowledge of the matter. Foxconn’s decision points to a manufacturing overhaul as it faces disruptions in China.
Foxconn has grabbed headlines in recent weeks, with tight virus restrictions at its Zhengzhou plant, the world’s largest iPhone factory, disrupting production and concerns over the impact of China’s virus policy on global supply chains.
Taiwan-based Foxconn now plans to increase the workforce at its southern Indian plant to 70,000 by adding another 53,000 workers over the next two years, said the sources, who declined to be identified as the talks are confidential.
Foxconn, officially called Hon Hai Precision Industry, opened a factory in India in 2019 and has been ramping up production. It started producing the iPhone 14 this year.