New Delhi: Apple’s supply chain relocation to India, in line with the government’s incentives, has reportedly created about 20,000 jobs in the country so far.
According to a report in DigiTimes Asia, the number could have been higher if not for the Covid-19 pandemic.
Producers, including Foxconn, Wistron and Pegatron, were all committed to creating certain number of jobs when they applied to participate in the subsidy program under the Production-Related Incentive (PLI) of India.
According to the report, if Foxconn and Wistron successfully meet their lease plans promised in their PLI application, by the end of March 2022, they will each add 23,000 people to their Indian operations.
“The staff members at Wistron’s operations in India were already approaching 10,000 when a riot by workers took place at its plant in December 2020, forcing the company to discontinue and restructure its systems and operations,” the report said.
Pegatron plans to hire 6,000-7,000 workers in India by March 2022, the report added.
“Pegatron India has not started work yet because it only decided to establish the production area in India earlier this year.”
The number of Apple vendors operating in India rose to nine in 2020, compared to six in 2018.
The growth in the number of people hired by Apple suppliers will accelerate in line with the number of suppliers moving their supply chains to India.
Apple said in March that its flagship and environmentally friendly iPhone 12 smartphone would soon be manufactured in India for local customers.
Apple started manufacturing iPhones in India in 2017 with iPhone SE. Today, Apple manufactures some of its most advanced iPhones in India, including XR, iPhone 11 and now iPhone 12.
Apple’s suppliers in India now use solar and wind energy for their needs.
Source: Telangana Today