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Made in India Airpods could be reality as Foxconn bags mfg. deal
New Delhi, Mar 16 (KNN) Apple has awarded a contract to Foxconn to produce AirPods and the Taiwanese manufacturer is considering India for the manufacturing of these wireless earphones.
According to Reuters, Foxconn, which is responsible for assembling approximately 70 per cent of all iPhones, will now also become a supplier of AirPods, marking the first time it will produce these products under the deal.
This move highlights Foxconn's efforts to diversify its production away from China. Currently, a variety of Chinese suppliers manufacture AirPods.
The manufacturer is preparing an investment of over USD 200 million to build the new AirPod manufacturing facility in the southern Indian state of Telangana.
However, the value of the
order itself has not been disclosed yet.
The report from Reuters states that as per an anonymous source, Foxconn officials had been deliberating internally for months about whether or not to manufacture AirPods, given the device's relatively lower profit margins.
However, they ultimately decided to proceed with the deal as a means of 'strengthening engagement' with Apple. The source requested anonymity since the matter was not yet public, as per Reuters.
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