Huawei to start smartphone manufacturing in India

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New Delhi: Reaffirming its commitment to India, Huawei today announced it will start to manufacture smartphones in India in collaboration with leading Sketch-to-Scale™ solutions provider, Flex, in October. Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister, Information & Technology, made the announcement at Huawei’s ‘Make in India’ inauguration ceremony here.

Starting from first week of October 2016, the Flex manufacturing plant in Chennai will manufacture one of the Honor smartphone models. The plant will have the capacity to make three million units by the end of 2017. In addition, Huawei will be strengthening its after sales services in India with over 200 service centres, including more than 30 exclusive Huawei service centres in India.

Underlining its customer-centric approach, Huawei Consumer Business Group will also expand its distribution network by partnering with more than 50,000 retail outlets by the end of 2016. This retail network will add to the existing 350+ distributors in India to create a comprehensive, nationwide distribution system.

In his comments, the Minister said, “The Government of India is pleased to see so much enthusiasm for our ‘Make in India’ initiative. We are working towards making India an electronic manufacturing hub”.

Jay Chen, CEO, Huawei India said, “We have been present in India for the last 16 years and as part of our India focus, we have been consistently expanding our footprint in the market. This year especially has been of significance in our India journey. We recently launched our world class GSC in Bangalore and the start of manufacturing in India is an affirmation of our commitment to India and supports the Make in India campaign”.

Jeff Reece, Head of Flex Telecom segment said, “We are thrilled to expand our global partnership with Huawei. Our alliance with Huawei in India is a testament of our commitment towards boosting local manufacturing. It also further demonstrates our commitment to bring innovative supply chain solutions, high-quality advanced manufacturing and after-market services to Huawei and ultimately the consumers.”

Huawei has established strong consumer confidence in India by launching a series of products, including the launch of Huawei’s flagship P9 in India this year. Google has also collaborated with Huawei to make its premium Nexus 6P device.

Kerala IT News

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