Journey inside OPPO India’s sprawling manufacturing facility on National Geographic’s Superfactories

On: March 2, 2021

Few things in the smartphone world are as meticulous as OPPO’s unrelenting focus on providing the finest experiences to its consumers. The company’s core belief, “Technology for Mankind, Kindness for the World,” has dictated the path it has paved over the years – creating smartphones that are durable, offer cutting-edge features and more importantly, feature technology that plays a meaningful role in a person’s life.

With OPPO’s Commitment to Make in India and developing innovative products for consumers, the global smart device brand opened its first manufacturing unit in 2016 in the country. This mega Greater Noida facility, which quickly developed into a major production hub for the brand, is now the subject of a documentary in National Geographic’s Superfactories series. Showcasing the prowess of OPPO’s manufacturing capability in India and its commitment towards Indian markets and consumers, the film has become talk of the town.

Get a first-hand look at OPPO’s Greater Noida manufacturing facility

The new documentary gives viewers an in-depth look at OPPO’s sprawling, state-of-the-art facility spread over 110 acres and employing over 10,000 workers. Apart from showcasing how the operations at this facility take place on a day-to-day basis, the film also focuses on how OPPO has quickly been able to become one of the top-selling smartphone brands in India.

In fact, the Greater Noida facility is capable of churning out 6 million units a month during peak season. That’s one smartphone every 3 seconds! So how exactly has OPPO been able to achieve this feat? The documentary reveals how each meticulous process is mapped and timed, and how the phrase ‘each second counts’ is a reality for the massive factory in Greater Noida.

The Superfactories episode on National Geographic takes us inside the factory’s SMT unit, where the PCBs (popularly known as motherboards), which form the heart and brain of OPPO smartphones, come together with the help of skilled manpower and hundreds of robots. The painstaking process of printing thousands of micro-components on motherboards and soldering them in place is mesmerising to watch. The efficiency of OPPO’s factory employees when it comes to installing software on PCBs, electrical tests and signal checks are truly a testament to how people and machines work in sync.

Discover how OPPO’s R&D centre in Hyderabad is at the forefront of innovations

The documentary also gives us a glimpse into the OPPO R&D centre in Hyderabad, established in 2018. This centre is home to over 400 employees who are constantly working on improving the smart device experience for not just Indian consumers, but also those around the world. The teams working at the R&D center focus their attention on everything from improving smartphone cameras and battery life, to introducing intuitive changes to ColorOS, OPPO’s proprietary phone software. Big strides in AI have also been made possible by the efforts of these teams.

The Superfactories episode also highlights the contributions of OPPO’s R&D facility in Hyderabad to propel India’s journey towards rolling out 5G technologies. With 5G innovation at its philosophy’s forefront, the company also launched its first overseas 5G innovation lab in Hyderabad and became the first smartphone brand in the country to complete a successful WhatsApp video call over 5G.

OPPO has been at the forefront of the Indian government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. By establishing a manufacturing centre and investing a massive Rs 2,200 crore in India, the company has generated thousands of employment opportunities.

While smartphones have become an essential product for humankind, not many of us know the complex, meticulous processes surrounding their production. This documentary not only takes us behind the scenes to reveal what goes into making of our favourite devices, but undeniably positions OPPO as the torch-bearer of technology companies looking to set up world class manufacturing hubs in India.