As expected, OnePlus has announced plans to start assembling smartphones in India. The Chinese tech startup will partner with Foxconn to assemble smartphones from the latter’s manufacturing facility in Andhra Pradesh.
“Today is a big day for us. Producing smartphones in India is one of the most important decisions we have made so far at OnePlus, and we are thankful to the Government of Andhra Pradesh and Foxconn for helping us make this happen. India being one of our biggest markets worldwide, we are committed to a long-term sustainable growth path. This move will strengthen our presence and help us step up momentum in India,” said Pete Lau, Founder and CEO, OnePlus.
— OnePlus India (@OnePlus_IN) October 12, 2015
OnePlus announced that it has sold over 2,50,000 units of OnePlus One in India and 15,000 units of the new OnePlus Two in the first twelve minutes of the open sale held on Amazon India today.
“Ever since OnePlus debuted in India, we have been deluged with requests for invites to buy our products, with more than 5 million registrations worldwide for our latest release – the OnePlus 2 – alone. Despite the best of our intentions to expedite the availability process, we have been constrained by a few supply chain related challenges in meeting consumer demands. The local production will help to address this issue and better cater to the fast growing demands for OnePlus products in India,” said Vikas Agarwal, General Manager – India, OnePlus.
With this new Make in India initiative, Foxconn’s facility will be giving direct employment to over 1000 full time workers and the local production of OnePlus devices will start before the end of this year at the 30,000 sq. ft. facility of Foxconn’s factory in Andhra Pradesh. Foxconn’s is already committed to producing Xiaomi, InFocus, Oppo and Gionee in Andhra.
The first batch of smartphones produced locally will be available commercially by the end of 2015. The facility will have a peak capacity of 500,000 units per month which will be scalable to fulfil local demands.