Tata Group will start making iPhones in India, according to a statement from the nation's Deputy IT minister, as the Mumbai-based international conglomerate has acquired Taiwanese firm Wistron's iPhone manufacturing facility in the southwestern state of Karnataka.
Apple iPhone manufacturer Wistron is pulling out of its Karnataka, India, plant, and is now reported to be selling the whole concern to the Tata Group, an Indian conglomerate.
Apple supplier Wistron is selling its iPhone assembly factory in India because Apple's terms prevent it from making a profit in the region.
Wistron, Apple's assembly partner for the iPhone SE, is allegedly preparing to wind down most of its operations in India, with the company rumored to withdraw most of itself from the country over the next year.
After a period of rapid expansion over the last few years, Apple and its suppliers have directly supplied 100,000 new jobs to the India workforce just in the last 19 months — and more are coming.
Multinational conglomerate Tata is in talks with iPhone assembler Wistron, and aims to partner with the Apple supplier in India.
A new Covid-19 outbreak in the Chinese city of Kunshan has resulted in fresh lockdowns and testing mandates, potentially snarling Apple's iPhone and iPad production.
Following the enforced closure of a Foxconn iPhone plant in India over poor working conditions, Apple has told the company it is "on probation."
India has chosen Dell, Flex, Wistron's ICT subsidiary, and Foxconn's Rising Stars to take part in a $1 billion incentive plan to boost local manufacturing.