As the US tech giant seeks to diversify from its main manufacturing hub in China, Apple Inc. plans to increase its production in India to about a quarter of its global production, one senior Indian government official said.
“They have already reached about 5-7 per cent of manufacturing in India,” Indian Industry and Trade Minister Piyush Goyal said at a public event on Monday. “If I’m not mistaken, they’re targeting 25% of manufacturing.”
Goyal’s statement are somewhat more aggressive than those previously told by Apple’s contract manufacturers to New Delhi. Apple’s three main Taiwanese suppliers, Foxconn Technology Group and Pegatron Corp. and Wistron Corp. have applied for and obtained financial incentives to increase Indian smartphone production and exports.
As part of the plan, the two companies have promised that by the end of March 2026, up to 20% of iPhone sales will be in India, Bloomberg Businessweek reported last month. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
After years of manufacturing success in China, Apple has begun diversifying amid growing tensions between the US and China and Communist Party policies that hinder production. Last year, the closure of Foxconn’s main iPhone plant in Zhengzhou sparked worker revolts and was forced to reduce projected production.
The Cupertino, Calif.-based company significantly shortened the time between the first Chinese-made model and the first Indian-made version when it launched its latest iPhone last year. It is also making more iPhone 14s in India than previous versions.
“They have launched in India the latest model manufactured in India,” said Goyal.
The minister’s remarks appear to echo a JPMorgan Chase & Co. report cited by local media last year that said Apple would make 25% of all iPhones in India by 2025. Targets include assembling other products in India such as iPads and MacBook laptops.
Minister Goyal and India’s Ministry of Technology and Finance were instrumental in shaping a $6.7 billion production-linked incentive scheme that pledges cash to companies that promote local smartphone production. The plan helped Apple export more than $2.5 billion worth of iPhones from India from April to December, nearly double the previous fiscal year’s total.