Foxconn Chief Holds Talks with KCR Over iPhone Plant in Telangana

FIH Mobile CEO WH Tong and Foxconn Technology Group president Calvin Chin called on Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao at the latter’s camp office here Thursday. Rao invited them to invest in Hyderabad and said his government was developing a manufacturing hub for mobile phones in Telangana.

Rao also said the government would allot land and provide infrastructure for mobile manufacturing units. An estimated two lakh jobs would be created in the proposed mobile manufacturing hub, he added.

The industrial policy of the government was to ensure that local youth get more jobs and the state should prosper, he explained. IT Minister KT Rama Rao and other officials were also present at the meeting.

Foxconn, which manufactures Apple’s iPhones in China, is planning to develop 10-12 facilities in India, Reuters reported Thursday. “They have big investment plans and are currently assessing potential locations for a production plant. A senior delegation is expected to visit next month,” Jayesh Ranjan, Secretary, Department of IT & Communications told Express. If Foxconn Technology begins churning out iPhones in India, the costly device may not be so costly in the future.

Celkon to Switch on Facility at Medchal

Mobile handsets company Celkon Mobiles Thursday said it would launch its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility near Medchal next week. IT Minister KT Rama Rao is expected to inaugurate the unit. This will be the company’s first production facility. Currently, it imports its handsets from China. The unit will begin with four production lines and will eventually enhance its capacity to higher levels. Y Guru, chairman and managing director, Celkon Mobiles, said “We are very pleased to be one of the first companies to unveil our plans in setting up the manufacturing unit. This unit will greatly boost our ability to meet the demand for our game-changing products as well as contribute to the overall ‘Make in India’ revolution promoted by the government of India.” Celkon was one of the early movers in envisioning a manufacturing unit in the country.

Source: The New Indian Express

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