iPhone Manufacturing in India to reach 50% by 2027
11 March 2023: India will reach manufacturing 45-50 percent of Apple’s iPhones by the year 2027, on a par with China, where 80-85 per cent of iPhones were produced in 2022, a new report says. According to estimates by DigiTimes Research analysts Luke Lin, India and Vietnam are to become the biggest beneficiaries of smartphone supply chain migration out of China. Indian policy encourages local manufacturing, Apple wanted to gradually increase manufacturing in India, the report said.
“However, the speed of supply chain migration to India will be accelerated in the future because of the need for diversifying risks in light of uncertainties of China’s pandemic control,” says Lin.
Apple has accelerated its iPhone production shift to India and the iPad and MacBook to Vietnam. “Some Apple Watch will also be assembled outside China as well. They believe it will help local consumers to identify with its brand and help to expand its market share there,” Lin said.
Moreover, the report mentioned that Samsung’s cell phone production capacity has been moved out of China, mostly shifted to Vietnam since 2019. Samsung also has assembly plants in Indonesia and South Korea. Lin said Samsung is also increasing output in India in order to capture the local market.