There were rumours last month that Apple’s OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) partner Wistron Corp has decided to set up an iPhone assembly plant in Peenya, an industrial hub in Bengaluru. But back then, neither the company nor the Central or state government had confirmed the reports.
Now, it has come to light that Apple has sent an official proposal to the Karnataka government to build an iPhone manufacturing unit in the state’s capital city.
“Apple’s intentions to manufacture in Bengaluru will foster cutting edge technology eco system and supply chain development in the state, which are critical for India to compete globally,” Karnataka Information and Technology and Tourism Minister Priyank M Kharge said in a statement.
Karnataka government ministers and officials are said to have had positive discussions with Apple’s representatives – Priya Balasubramaniam (vice president, iPhone operations), Ali Khanafer (head, government affairs), Dheeraj Chugh (director, iPhone operations) and Priyesh Povanna (country counsel) about iPhone manufacturing plans.
If all things fall in place, Apple’s supply partner Wistron Corp is expected to commence iPhone production anytime between April and June.
By Baishakhi Dutta