Smartphone manufacturer Oppo has started contract manufacturing in India in partnership with Foxconn, reports NextBigWhat. According to the company, it’s currently manufacturing the Neo 7 smartphone in the country, which passes through its own quality tests.
Interestingly, Oppo mentions that it will think about putting up its own manufacturing plant in India by the end of 2016, although the company has not acquired any land, or even decided the location or the production capacity for the same. This is contrast to when the company said in May that it would set up a handset manufacturing unit in India by this August to primarily tend to the domestic market. It said that some of devices manufactured here would also be exported to overseas markets.
However, it looks like the company has decided against hurrying into setting up a plant in the country, rather choosing Foxconn as a partner to manufacture the phones instead. This has its advantages and Foxconn already has manufacturing plants in India and has entered into various partnerships to manufacture phones for different companies.
Foxconn in India: In September, Gionee tied up with Foxconn and Dixon to manufacture its F series & P series phones; feature phones and other smartphones respectively, for Gionee in India. The month before, Foxconn was in talks with Adani Enterprises to form a joint venture (JV), likely to make iPhones in India. The company had first reported in June that it could possibly set up base in India to manufacture iPhones, iPads and iPods for Indian and international sales.
The same month Foxconn said it would start making Xiaomi phones in Andhra Pradesh, India. At the time, the company said that it planned to set up 10-12 manufacturing units in India, and invest about $2 billion over the next five years. Foxconn was reportedly also in talks with Japanese telecom and Internet giant Softbank to form joint venture for telecom equipment manufacturing.
Manufacturing in India : The Indian government has been encouraging domestic companies to start manufacturing electronics goods within the country instead of importing them and had approved a National Policy on Electronics. Since then, various smartphone manufacturers have said they will start manufacturing in India or have already started doing so.
– In August, Lenovo started the local production of smartphones with Flextronics under a contract manufacturing deal at its Sriperumbudur plant.
– Videocon Mobile Phones, Videocon Group’s mobile company, started manufacturing mobile phones in the country.
– In June, homegrown mobile phone maker Celkon opened its first manufacturing unit in the country in Telangana.
– In April, Chinese handset maker Gionee said that it would set up a manufacturing facility in India within 2018.
– In March, Samsung and Sony had announced plans for setting up manufacturing bases in India as a part of the Make in India initiative.
– Earlier this year, Spice Group had said it would invest Rs 500 crores to set up a manufacturing unit in Uttar Pradesh.
– In January, smartphone maker Samsung Electronics revealed that it had invested Rs 517 crore towards the expansion of its mobile phone plant in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. Subsequently, the company reported that it would invest as much as $500 million to $1 billion in the manufacturing unit.
– Sony too wants in on the action: at the MWC in Barcelona this year, Kenichiro Hibi, the head of Sony’s India operations, said that the company was planning to launch an Indian manufacturing unit ‘very soon’.
– In April last year, mobile phone manufacturer Micromax also started manufacturing devices in the country at its Rudrapur plant.