- Tata Group is set to become Apple’s fourth contract manufacturer in India after acquiring Wistron’s factory in South India
- The Indian conglomerate will assemble 5% of the upcoming iPhone 15 and 15 Plus models, with Foxconn and Luxshare taking up the majority of the orders
- This move is a significant milestone for India’s manufacturing industry and Apple’s efforts to reduce its dependence on China by shifting production to other countries
As Apple’s popularity continues to soar in India, the tech giant has been actively exploring opportunities to strengthen its manufacturing and supply chain in the country. Now, with the news of Tata Group becoming its fourth contract manufacturer, the stage is set for Apple to take its production in India to new heights. This comes after Tata Group’s acquisition of Taiwanese firm Wistron’s factory in South India, marking Wistron’s exit from the iPhone assembly business in India.
The report states that Tata Group has received orders for the upcoming iPhone 15 and 15 Plus models, which will be manufactured in India and shipped as the first wave of shipments for the new iPhone series.
Tata Group’s Entry Into Apple’s Supply Chain
According to the report by TrendForce, Tata Group will assemble 5 per cent of the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus models. On the other hand, Foxconn and Luxshare will be responsible for assembling 70% and 25%, respectively, of the standard variant. Luxshare and Pegatron will get 60 and 35 per cent of assembly orders of the Plus variant, respectively. Foxconn will assemble 70 per cent of the iPhone 15 Pro models, including the Pro and Pro Max variants, while the remaining assembly orders will be divided between Pegatron and Luxshare.
This move aligns with Apple’s efforts to reduce its dependency on China and shift its production facilities to other countries. India is the second-largest smartphone market, and Apple has been locally producing iPhones in the country since 2017 to ramp up its manufacturing efforts. The report suggests that if everything goes well, Tata Group could get a higher percentage of manufacturing iPhone units next year.