Kolar, which was once known for its massive gold mines, will soon become a hub of smartphone manufacturing in India. Apple’s supply partner Wistron Corp. has confirmed the establishment of a mega mobile manufacturing unit on a 43-acre industrial land in Narasapura (Kolar), 70 km from Silicon City, India, in Bangalore.
A large contingent of experts and senior officials from Wistron Corp of China accompanied by Indian Chief Gururaj A held a high-level discussion with Chief Minister of Karnataka HD Kumaraswamy and Minister of Skills Development Department of entrepreneurship and livelihood, RV Deshpande.
According to reports, Wistron plans to invest nearly Rs 3,000 crore to set up the plant in two phases. The civil works of the first stage are expected to start next month on August 15, 2018. It will initially invest Rs 650 crore providing 2,500 jobs in phase 1 and when fully completed will bring the number to around 10,500.
Kumaraswamy welcomed Wistron’s proposal and also advised the company to set up a repair and mobile technology facility, in addition to the mobile phone assembly unit.
Meanwhile, Deshpande is optimistic that the MoU will be signed with Wistron Corp within seven days, provided the company makes sure it offers jobs to local Kannadigas.
“The facility (in Kolar) is going to be the largest project of its kind in the country. It will generate 10,500 job opportunities for the local population and the company intends to expand the unit,” said Gururaj A, Indian director of Wistron Corp. , noted.
Industry sources confirmed International Business Times India that the new Wistron plant will also serve other mobile brand customers besides Apple in India.
Wistron’s factory in Peenya is currently assembling the iPhone SE and iPhone 6S and the former is in the process of expanding the factory on the same premises to increase production over time.
That aside, this Wistron manufacturing facility will give the Modi government’s Make in India initiative a big boost. Earlier this month, Apple’s big rival Samsung opened the world’s largest cellphone manufacturing plant in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. Samsung has confirmed that the factory will manufacture all categories of mobiles, from the low-end Galaxy J series to the high-end Galaxy S9, S9 + and Galaxy Note8.
The facility is going to be the largest project of its kind in the country. This will generate 10,500 job opportunities for the local population and the company intends to expand the unit, said Mr. Gururaj, the Indian director of the company. pic.twitter.com/DP5X54na0R
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