Samsung, Apple to boost large-scale cellphone manufacturing in India

Samsung, Apple to boost large-scale cellphone manufacturing in India

Three contract manufacturers for Apple iPhones and South Korea’s Samsung have applied for large-scale electronics manufacturing rights in India under a $6.5 billion incentive scheme announced by the government, a minister said on Saturday.

The scheme will extend cash incentives of 4-6 percent for five years on incremental sales of goods manufactured in India with 2019-2020 as the base year, Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters.

The international cellphone manufacturing companies that have applied under the scheme are Samsung, Rising Star and three Apple contract manufacturers — Foxconn Hon Hai, Wistron and Pegatron.

Indian girls look at a mobile phone prior to taking part during Independence Day celebrations in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad. (File photo: AFP)Indian girls look at a mobile phone prior to taking part during Independence Day celebrations in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad. (File photo: AFP)

Prasad said the scheme is expected to increase Apple’s and Samsung’s manufacturing base manifold in India.

Nearly two dozen Indian and international companies in the cellphone segment have applied for the scheme, which is expected to generate 300,000 direct jobs in the country, Prasad said.

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