Apple finds potential new factory hub – in India

“Apple CEO Tim Cook is sold on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make in India policy,” Kenneth Rapoza writes for Forbes.After all, companies want to be where their markets are. And when one of your markets is a massive low cost producer like India, it only makes sense to mass produce there.”

“Cook told Modi over the weekend that Apple was watching India closely, and that there exists a possibility of opening retail stores and a manufacturing center in the country,” Rapoza writes. “It’s a market that Apple wants to take a bigger bite out of. It currently faces major competition from Samsung and low cost Indian producers like Micromax Informatics and Karbonn Mobiles. But even a top 10 finish in smart phone sales is a major sales boost for Apple. The country surpassed the U.S. last year to become the world’s No. 2 consumer of smart phones.”

Rapoza writes, “Cook and Nadella’s visits underscore faith in Modi’s Make in India policies — which provide incentives for manufacturers to set up shop in the country — and belief that India’s consumer and IT market is where it’s at.”

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MacDailyNews Note: “Make in India” is a program begun by Modi in September 2014 that is designed to facilitate investment, foster innovation, enhance skill development, protect intellectual property, and build best-in-class manufacturing infrastructure in India.

More info about “Make in India” here:

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  1. This is great news. Apple is too dependent on China.
    The Chinese people are hard workers and have done a great job, but you shouldn’t have too many eggs in one basket when their government closes down your services, looks the other way when companies steel you work, make you pay millions of dollars because they squatted names like iPad that you already have the copyright on and blames you for all the pollution in their country.

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