In order to reduce its dependence on China’s manufacturing base, Apple has begun to accelerate the transfer of manufacturing energy to places such as India and Vietnam in recent years. A major supplier in Apple’s supply chain has started producing components needed for AirPods earphones in India, Bloomberg reported, marking an important step for the U.S. tech giant to make in India.
“Bloomberg” quoted people familiar with the matter as reporting that Jabil’s Indian subsidiary has begun to deliver AirPods plastic casings to factories in China and Vietnam responsible for assembling AirPods (currently, Apple’s earphones are still mainly produced in China and Vietnam). Although the AirPods are a small product, this is the second Apple product to be produced in India.
While it is still some time before AirPods are fully produced in India, India has now given preliminary approval for more than a dozen Chinese suppliers to expand production in India through joint ventures with Indian partners. Luxshare is one of Apple’s main suppliers in China for the production of AirPods headphones, and the company has also been approved in India.
“Bloomberg” quoted another person familiar with the matter as saying that the Indian government is now also working on another plan to provide incentive bonuses for the production of wireless earphones and smart watches in India.
Although so far, Indian suppliers have only produced body shells for AirPods, it is an important step. Neil Shah, vice president of research at Counterpoint, said that making the case is usually the first step in the full production of AirPods. Now Apple has obtained preliminary approval for some suppliers including Luxshare to produce in India, which shows that they are building a supply chain for the product.
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