The Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn is on a spree of tie-ups with governments and companies in India, as the recent news about its investment in Maharashtra for large facility is now followed by the news about its tie-up with the Chinese smartphone market leader (as of current rankings) Xiaomi.
The tie-up is for Foxconn to assemble smartphones for Xiaomi in India. An assembly line of Foxconn in the state of Andhra Pradesh will start assembling and shipping the Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime smartphone that was announced today. This gives support to the Make in India campaign that has been attracting quite a lot of companies to set up plants and base in India.
Hugo Barra, Xiaomi’s global Vice president said,
“It’s not only about designing for India, we want to make in India and be closer to our consumers,”
He even said ‘We have embraced India and India has embraced us!’, ‘Xiaomi wants to become a part of the fabric of India’
Foxconn wasn’t active before this, after it had stopped making devices for Nokia in its Chennai plan, and the first work to begin now, is of Xiaomi smartphones. Also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Foxconn is set to return with this deal, and by 2020, it plans to have its facility set in the state of Maharashtra.
Around a month ago, we had reported that Xiaomi and Infocus phones are being assembled and shipped by Foxconn’s plant in Andhra Pradesh, and now it is almost clear that the phone for Xiaomi was the Redmi 2 Prime.
Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N. Chandrababu Naidu said,
“Its a pride to have Xiaomi set up the manufacturing unit here in India”