Made in India iPhone 12: Apple supplier starts hiring local employees for production

Apple has made a bold move of starting the local production of iPhone 12 components in India. The gadget maker has started local hiring to ramp up the production capacity.

Wistron, Apple’s contract manufacturer plans to roll out the ‘Made in India’ iPhone 12 by mid of 2021. The company has planned to invest in over 2,900 crores on a new campus in India. The local production of smartphones will help Apple in acquiring the new user-base in India.

Apple’s Taiwanese contract manufacturer will start the iPhone production at its Narasapura plant, 70km from Bengaluru. The company has planned to hire 10,000 employees for the new plant. The manufacturing giant is aiming to make the new plant fully functional by October 2020. It has already deployed 1000 workers at the new plant.

The Indian government is actively supporting local manufacturing efforts by these global gadget makers. The Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB) has allotted 43 acres of land to the contract manufacturer in 2017. Wistron’s plant is expected to create 10,000 jobs, out of which the company has already hired 2,000.

The hiring of new workers will be done in a phased manner. The walk-in interviews for diploma graduates are being conducted. The company will also hire techies with some experience and then freshers. Wistron has already started the trial production. It will start commercial production as early as next month.

This is not the first time Apple is manufacturing iPhones in India. The company has produced a number of iPhone models including the first generation iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, iPhone XR, and iPhone 11 in the country. Apple will save 22% import taxes by manufacturing iPhone 12 in India.