What you need to know
- Foxconn is investing $1 billion to expand its production in India.
- The move comes from "a strong request from Apple."
- The investment will result in 6,000 jobs over the course of three years.
Apple has been rumored to be working on moving some of its production out of China, and a new report seems to confirm that strategy.
Reported by Reuters, Foxconn, who assembles the iPhone for Apple, is planning to invest $1 billion to expand its production capabilities in India. One of the sources, who asked to remain anonymous, says that Apple has been pushing its supply chain partners to move part of their production out of China.
The expansion of the plant will take about three years and generate about 6,000 jobs, according to another source. The factory is currently used to manufacture the iPhone XR, and the expansion will increase the location's capability to manufacture additional models.
Neil Shah of Hong Kong-based tech researcher Counterpoint says that the move will enable Apple to use India as an export hub in addition to its major presence in China.
According to Reuters, they were unable to get a comment from Apple and Foxconn regarding the matter.
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