Apple has agreed to a deal with the government of Karnataka to begin manufacturing iPhones in Bangalore. The Karnataka State Government announced that it had approved Apple’s proposal to initiate primary manufacturing operations in a press release. The new manufacturing plant will be located in Peenya Industrial Area of Bengaluru.
After Prime Minister Narendra Modi began promoting the ‘Make In India’ initiative, the company’s desire to open a manufacturing hub in India started. Apple manufacturing partner Wistron will make the iPhones in a new plant, reportedly beginning with the iPhone 8.
In January, this year, Apple chose a Karnataka-based facility over competing bids from other Indian states including Gujarat, Maharashtra and Telangana. During negotiations, Apple was said to be seeking a number of tax and other incentives, including the possibility of long-term duty exemptions.
The move is a major step for Apple as it looks to solidify its footing in the subcontinent so it can access India's customer base.
Information source: macrumors
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