China’s zero-tolerance policy on COVID-19 is leading to production cuts and forcing Apple’s contractor Foxconn to diversify production. According to Reuters, which received information from government officials, Foxconn plans to quadruple the workforce at its iPhone plant in India within two years.
Foxconn plans to hire an additional 53,000 workers at its Sriperumbudur plant near Chennai in southern India over the next two years. As a result, the headcount will increase to 70,000 people, sources told Reuters. The plant was put into operation in 2019. In September, the release of iPhone 14 smartphones began here.
According to a government source from Reuters, Foxconn shared plans with the Tamil Nadu government to speed up hiring at its Sriperumbudur plant amid the disruption of the China plant due to the lockdown. In particular, issues related to the provision of housing for new employees of the company were discussed.
Three companies are currently assembling the iPhone in India – Foxconn and Pegatron in Tamil Nadu and Wistron in Karnataka.
In September, analysts at JP Morgan shared a forecast that Apple will make one in four iPhones in India by 2025 and that 25% of all Apple products, including Macs, iPads, Apple Watches and AirPods, will be made outside of China by 2025, up from 5% currently.