Chinese electronics major Xiaomi announced on April 9, 2018, that it is expanding ‘Make in India’ plans with the launch of three more smartphone plants in India
Xiaomi started manufacturing smartphones at its power bank plant in Noida, resulting in a total of six smartphone manufacturing plants in India across three different campuses in Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh. Xiaomi also announced first Surface Mount Technology (SMT) plant dedicated towards local manufacturing of Printed Circuit Board Assembly (PCBA) units in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu, in partnership with Foxconn.
According to reports from company, current manufacturing operations in India contribute towards 10% value of the smartphone, the number is estimated to increase to nearly 50%. “In 2015 we extended our long-term commitment to the Indian market by joining the ‘Make in India’ programme. Today we are deepening this commitment with three more smartphone factories and our first SMT plant dedicated towards local manufacturing of PCBA units,” said Manu Jain, Vice President, Xiaomi Global and Managing Director, Xiaomi India.
India facilities are estimated to produce two smartphones per second during operational hours The company is hosting over 50 global smartphone component suppliers and along with its partners, which aims to bring in an additional added investment of over 15,000 crore rupees and create around 50,000 job opportunities in India. The three new smartphone plants, built in partnership with Foxconn, which are located across campuses in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh and a new campus in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu with a total campus area of 180 acres. Xiaomi says the factories with Foxconn now employ more than 10,000 people, out of which more than 95% are women, who are responsible for all the assembly work.