India approves Apple partners and Samsung for $143 Bn smartphone manufacturing plan
Samsung and three major contract manufacturing partners of Apple are among 16 firms to win $6.65 Bn incentives under India’s federal plan to boost domestic smartphone production over the next five years. These companies had applied for the incentive program in August.
In a statement Tuesday evening, Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) said these companies will be producing smartphones and other electronics components worth more than $143 Bn over the next five years. In return, India will offer them an incentive of 4% to 6% on additional sales of goods produced locally over five years, with 2019-2020 set as the base year.
New Delhi’s move is aimed at significantly improving India’s manufacturing and exporting capacities and generating more local jobs. Around 60% of the locally produced products will be exported, the Indian ministry said. The companies will generate more than 200,000 direct employment opportunities in next five years and as many as 600,000 indirect employment opportunities during the same period, the ministry said.