No more made in China for OnePlus phones, as the Chinese phone maker announced it had made a deal with Foxconn Technology in order to make phones in India, thus making the company a rival for many other companies that made similar announcements.
The collaboration was also possible due to the Government of Andhra Pradesh, who wants to boost India’s manufacturing system. This collaboration will open 1,000 new positions for workers.
In an announcement made on Monday, Pete Lau, OnePlus CEO, declared that “all our handsets are made in China and then shipped to India. So, making them locally will help reaching our Indian customers faster.”
India is seeking to refresh the manufacturing market, but it still has to overcome China, with its many factories.
By 2020, Foxconn, the world’s biggest electronic parts maker, aims to open 10-12 factories and data centers in India.
The growing number of people belonging to the middle class and the sharp increase in the use of phones made India a profitable market among Chinese investors.
Although the phone market is rapidly increasing in India, many Indians are first-time users, so they prefer cheaper phones instead of iPhone or Samsung Smartphones.
OnePlus will start producing its phones this year, with a capacity of 500,000 devices each month. The first one will be available for commercial purposes by the end of 2015.
The company’s rivals include Oppo, HTC and Xiaomi, who also announced their plans to make phones in India.
Apart from China, which occupies the first position in the number of phones, India is the second one. According to Cisco Systems, a networking company, by the end of 2019, India will have approximately 650 million smartphones, leading to a significant growth in people using this technology.
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