Asia Express - Mobile Communications
Wistron Starts to Ship Make-in-India iPhones to Europe
July 12, 2019

iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 manufactured by Taiwan’s Wistron in Bengaluru, India, reportedly have been shipped to Europe, the Economic Daily News reported on July 11. Wistron, the first overseas company in India to acquire Apple’s orders, set up the plant in 2016 that has started the production of iPhone 6S in 2018 and iPhone7 at the beginning of 2019. Nearly 70% to 80% of the capacity of this plant have been allocated to iPhone manufacturing. In response to the US-China trade war, Apple reportedly has asked its suppliers such as Wistron, Foxconn, and Pegatron, to shift 30% of their China’s production out of China. Nevertheless, the monthly export volume of Make-in-India iPhone 6S and 7 is currently still less than 100,000 units. In the context of the Indian government’s “Make in India” program, many phone brands and their partners have set up plants in India to avoid high custom duties on smartphones made outside of India. Apple now has been able to keep its iPhones price-competitive in India compared to Chinese and Korean rivals. Other than Wistron, Foxconn is also reportedly in talks to build a new plant in India to manufacture high-end iPhones such as the iPhone X/XS. .