From the sources, we came to know that the Tata Group may soon produce an iPhone in India. The Indian multinational conglomerate is negotiating to establish a joint venture for the manufacture of electronics with Apple’s Taiwanese supplier Wistron Corp.
Apple already assembles a few different iPhone models in India with the assistance of its suppliers, including the iPhone 12, iPhone 13, iPhone SE, iPhone 11, and a few others. These iPhone models are produced by the business in collaboration with Foxconn, Wistron, and Pegatron, three suppliers in India. According to recent reports, the largest Indian conglomerate, the Tata Group, will work with Wistron of Taiwan to produce iPhones in India.
Tata Group is, after all, just now considering domestic smartphone production. Currently, the company manufactures salt, automobiles, electric vehicles, and software in India. In the meantime, Croma, one of India’s top retail chains for consumer electronics goods, is owned by Tata subsidiary Infiniti Retail.
Tata and Wistron Partnership
If the two can come to an agreement, Tata would produce iPhones for the first time in India. Wistron and Tata have both refused to comment on the situation. Tata produces everything from salt to software, but this is the first time the business has expressed interest in producing smartphones locally.
The collaboration with Wistron, which has been producing iPhones in India since 2017, would provide the business with a much-needed boost in high-tech manufacturing and electronics.
According to reports, the Indian conglomerate is looking for Wistron’s experience in product development, supply chain management, and assembly. The cooperation between Tata and Wistron is currently being kept under wraps. According to the sources, Tata has two options: the firms may establish a new facility or Tata might purchase shares in Wistron’s India operations.
They might choose to carry out both. Once the continuing negotiations between the parties are over, the shareholding patterns and deal structure will be obvious. Wistron produces iPhones in India at its Karnataka factory. India-related operations for the organization have been experiencing losses.
A deal with a strong local partner like Tata will assist the business in overcoming its difficulties in India. Additionally, it might provide Wistron access to the market for electric cars. Many of the biggest names in electronics manufacturing are eager to get into the EV business.
Does Apple Know Anything about this?
According to the sources, whether Apple is informed of the discussions between Tata and Wistron is unknown at this time. It should be grateful for this new development given the company’s intention to diversify the manufacture of iPhones away from China. Apple has also sought to strengthen its Indian supplier network. However, producing iPhones is no easy task.
Furthermore, producing iPhones requires adhering to Apple’s strict deadlines and quality assurance. The majority of the time, iPhone manufacturing facilities operate under tight control. As far as we can tell, it hasn’t been simple for India’s labor to adapt to this. There have been two worker demonstrations since Foxconn and Wistron factories started producing the iPhone in this nation.