Despite mounting geopolitical tensions and strict COVID-19 lockdowns in China, J.P.Morgan analysts suggested Apple will make one out of four iPhones in India by 2025.
- By 2025, Apple may produce one out of four iPhones in India.
- After China, India is the world’s second-largest market for smartphones.
- The pandemic hampered business relocation plans.
The brokerage anticipates that Apple will move about 5% of iPhone 14 production to India by the end of 2022, the second-largest smartphone market after China.
It is also estimated that 25% of all Apple products, including Macs, iPads, Apple Watches and AirPods, will be manufactured outside of China by 2025, compared to 5%.
In line with the Indian government’s push for local manufacturing, Apple, headquartered in Cupertino, California, began the assembly of iPhones in India with Wistron in 2017 and later with Foxconn.
With restrictions easing, more companies, including Apple, are reaccelerating their supply chain relocation efforts this year following the pandemic.
“The relocation to India is driven by Taiwanese vendors, such as Hon Hai and Pegatron. Apple is also expected to qualify local Indian suppliers,”J.P.Morgan analysts led by Gokul Hariharan rate the accuracy of their estimates at 4 out of 5.
Bloomberg reported earlier this month that Tata Group was discussing with Wistron to establish a joint venture to assemble iPhones in India as part of Apple’s plans to reduce its production lag with China.
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