Chinese technology company Huawei has announced its make in India plans for smartphones in partnership with Flex. Huawei will launche these ‘Made In India’ devices in the Indian market by early as October, says the company.
Starting from first week of October 2016, the Flex manufacturing plant in Chennai will manufacture one of the Honor smartphones models, says a press statement from the company. According to Huawei, the plant will have a capacity of three million units by the end of 2017. Huawei will also open over 200 service centers, including more than 30 exclusive Huawei service centres in India.
On the offline retail, Huawei plans to partner with more than 50,000 retail outlets by the end of 2016 to increase its presence in the India market.
“I would like to congratulate Huawei on their commitment to pursue their ‘Make in India’ vision. The Government of India is pleased to see so much enthusiasm for our “Make in India” initiative. We are working towards making India an electronic manufacturing hub,” said Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister, Information & Technology, Law and Justice who was present at Huawei’s official announcement.
“As India is set to become the second largest smartphone market, our government would like to invite even more businesses to come and manufacture in India. This is an opportune time to start manufacturing from India. The smartphone landscape in India is growing every day and such initiatives by technology leaders will help accelerate the growth of local manufacturing industry in India,” he added.
“We have been present in India for the last 16 years and as part of our India focus, we have been consistently expanding our footprint in the market. This year especially has been of significance in our India journey. We recently launched our world class GSC in Bengaluru and the start of manufacturing in India is an affirmation of our commitment to India and supports the Make in India campaign. We are convinced about the growth potential and future of India and we’ll keep looking for opportunities to increase our presence here,” said Jay Chen, CEO, Huawei India in a press statement.
“We are thrilled to expand our global partnership with Huawei. Our alliance with Huawei in India is a testament of our commitment towards boosting local manufacturing. It also further demonstrates our commitment to bring innovative supply chain solutions, high-quality advanced manufacturing and after-market services to Huawei and ultimately the consumers,” said Jeff Reece, Head of Flex Telecom segment.
Huawei is the world’s leading telecom equipment supplier as well and in recent times has managed to grow its market share in the smartphone business globally. In China, Huawei is among the top smartphone brands. Flex, which was formerly known as Flextronics, in one of the world’s leading smartphone and mobile manufacturers and a supply chain solutions company. Lenovo and Motorola have also tied up with Flex to manufacture their Moto G, Moto E series smartphones in India at the plant.