India Emerging as the Hotspot for Smartphone Manufacturing

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If the smartphone manufacturing industry follows the growth pattern it has shown in the past few years, then the day is not far when India will become an alternate to China

With global smartphone manufacturing giants expanding rapidly in India, the country is riding high on the smartphone manufacturing game. Indian Cellular and Electronics Association claims that opening of more than 140 smartphone manufacturing units over last four years has created more than 450,000 jobs in India.

The mobile industry in India is also helping Modi’s aim of creating new jobs in the country. The Indian Cellular and Electronics Association has termed this achievement a result of the ‘Make in India’ policy and stiff duties on imported mobile devices and smartphone parts.

The case of Lava mobiles

Becoming the poster child of Modi’s target of making India a global electronics manufacturing hub, Lava is small part of country’s growing communications industry.

It was a few years ago that the Noida based mobile manufacturer used to import cheap Chinese handsets and sell them in the Indian market. Now, it has two smartphone manufacturing factories on the outskirts of Delhi that employ around 3500 people. Lava is also planning to further expand its operations in India.

The smartphone manufacturing hub – Noida

Noida, located next to Delhi is quickly becoming the hotspot for manufacturing smartphones in India. Besides Lava’s mobile manufacturing plant, Noida is now known as the hub where companies are manufacturing anything from smartphones to chargers and headphones.

Samsung earlier this year had also announced that it will be investing Rs 4,920 crore in what is known as the world’s biggest mobile phone manufacturing plant. Oppo is also building a big smartphone manufacturing plant in Noida which is expected to be opened soon.

Samsung has also said that it plans to use the Noida plant as a global export hub, which again will put India’s manufacturing prowess on the world’s map.

Smartphone manufacturing in Southern India

The growth of mobile manufacturing industry down south is also making India a global player in smartphone manufacturing.

Xiaomi, Samsung’s biggest competitor uses six Foxconn facilities in southern India to manufacture its smartphones. The Chinese mobile company had also expressed its desire to bring component suppliers to India. If the move materialises, it will bring nothing less than $2.5 billion investment and will also create around 50,000 new jobs in India.

Apple also uses Wistron, located in the southern Bangalore to assemble two low-cost models.

Alternate to China

If the smartphone manufacturing industry follows the growth pattern it has shown in the past few years, then the day is not far when India will become an alternate to China in mobiles manufacturing.

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