Huawei recently announced that the company will soon start manufacturing of smartphones in India under Make in India initiative in association with Flex. Expected to start work during the first week of October 2016 at Chennai plant, the new initiative by Huawei is part of its commitment to the Make in India program of Government of India.
According to reports, the new Huawei plant will have a capacity of deliver three million units by the end of 2017. Moreover, the company will also create 200 additional service centers and more than 30 exclusive retail outlets.
I would like to congratulate Huawei on their commitment to pursue their ‘Make in India’ vision. The Government of India is pleased to see so much enthusiasm for our “Make in India” initiative. We are working towards making India an electronic manufacturing hub. As India is set to become the second largest smartphone market, our government would like to invite even more businesses to come and manufacture in India. This is an opportune time to start manufacturing from India. The smartphone landscape in India is growing every day and such initiatives by technology leaders will help accelerate the growth of local manufacturing industry in India.
Ravi Shankar Prasad, Honb’le Union Minister, Information & Technology, Law and Justice
Furthermore, Huawei will also expand its distribution network by partnering with more than 50,000 retail outlets by the end of 2016. The company is also planning to add 350+ distributors in India to create a comprehensive, nationwide distribution system.
We have been present in India for the last 16 years and as part of our India focus, we have been consistently expanding our footprint in the market. This year especially has been of significance in our India journey. We recently launched our world class GSC in Bengaluru and the start of manufacturing in India is an affirmation of our commitment to India and supports the Make in India campaign. We are convinced about the growth potential and future of India and we’ll keep looking for opportunities to increase our presence here.
Jay Chen, CEO, Huawei India
We have seen significant acceptance of our smartphones in India over the last few years and have big plans for India. We have been evaluating a manufacturing unit for a long time and have partnered with Flex given their legacy, expertise and knowledge in providing sketch to scale solutions to leading companies globally.
Peter Zhai, President, Huawei India Consumer Business Group
We are thrilled to expand our global partnership with Huawei. Our alliance with Huawei in India is a testament of our commitment towards boosting local manufacturing. It also further demonstrates our commitment to bring innovative supply chain solutions, high-quality advanced manufacturing and after-market services to Huawei and ultimately the consumers. Reece further added, Flex has been in India over the last 16 years and has the right building blocks to help our customers who wish to design, build, distribute and service their products both domestically and globally.
Jeff Reece, Head of Flex Telecom
That being said, Huawei’s latest manufacturing initiative is part of its commitment to the Government of India’s ‘Make in India’ vision. The company has established a strong consumer confidence in India by launching a series of products, for both the Huawei and Honor brands. This includes the launch of Huawei’s flagship P9 in India this year. Google also established partnership with Huawei to manufacture premium Nexus 6P device.
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