It was reported recently that Foxconn might expand iPhone manufacturing in India, particularly for its latest models, and now the confirmation comes from Terry Gou himself, who is the Chairman of the Foxconn Technology Group. He confirms that the iPhone will enter mass production in India later this year.
Gou added that he has been invited to the country by its prime minister as Foxconn plans its expansion into India. It’s going to be a significant shift for the world’s largest assembler of Apple devices as it has for long concentrated its manufacturing efforts in China.
Some older iPhone models are already being produced in India but Foxconn will now be building the latest iPhones in the country. “In the future we will play a very important role in India’s smartphone industry,” Gou said, adding that “We have moved our production lines there.”
Foxconn is no stranger to making smartphones in India. It already has two assembly sites in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu where devices for Xiaomi and Nokia are manufactured. Bloomberg reports that the Indian assembly line of Foxconn will be able to serve local and export markets by the time new iPhones are announced in September this year.